I have an odd obsession with dish towels. For some reason they bring me joy, so in deciding on a Pinterest challenge, DIY Holiday tea towels were an easy choice. Or so I thought. Seeing as I have three children aged four and under, I should know that DIY anything is not easy. But we tried!
This was my inspiration:
Step one: order flour sack towels and fabric paint from Amazon. Easy enough. Amazon comes to my house every day.
Step two: Make stamps from potatoes using cookie cutters. This is where things went awry. My first mistake was sending my husband to the store for potatoes, specifying only “white” potatoes, without telling him why I wanted potatoes. He brought home small white potatoes (not the big, brown ones I was expecting) that ended up being too small for most of my cookie cutters. Also, who knew I didn’t own a Christmas tree cookie cutter? After finding a dehydrated sweet potato at the bottom of my veggie drawer, I resorted to making stamps based on what cookie cutters fit on the potatoes—shooting stars, stars, and bats.
We attempted a shooting star print with farmhouse stripes first, but then my children started pretending they were dogs—they were painting with their paws and holding the brushes in their mouths—and I realized we needed to simplify.
Thus, the Christmas bat and star print was born. Much easier.
In the end, I actually think the towels came out looking unexpected and fun. Maybe we’ll start a trend and bats will be the new llamas.
Now if only my children hadn’t destroyed the tips of all my markers… but, that’s a battle for another day.
Happy Holidays! May your days be batty and bright.
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