How about a cheap and easy DIY gift idea today? Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towels are sure to please anyone and they cost less than a dollar! I bought several of the red striped Tekla tea towels at Ikea that cost .79 a piece!
I came up with the idea after seeing Miss Mustard Seed’s cafe curtains. But, decided to create monogrammed tea towels to give as gifts.
- Ikea Tekla Tea Towel
- Red & green acrylic paint
- Tiny round paint brush
- Painter’s tape
- Light box (if you don’t have one, you can tape your letter and towel to a window during the day.)
Find the letter style you want to use by Googling “Cross Stitch Alphabet” in the image section. To use the alphabet I chose, download this cross stitch alphabet for reference. Print it and cut out the letter you wish to use. Tape it to the center of your light box.
Fold your tea towel in half lengthwise to determine the center. Line up the center on top of the letter print out.
Tape the sides of your tea towel to the light box (lightly stretch the towel until the fabric is taut.)
You should be able to see the shape of the print out through the cloth when you turn on the light box.
Using a tiny paint brush, dip it in water first and then the paint. This will give you more control and a finer line. Create a series of “X”s on the tea towel. You don’t have to be exact, but try to imagine staying in rows and columns with your x’s. It creates a more realistic looking cross stitch.
Change colors to add the decorative swoosh.
And…that’s it! See, easy and cheap.
If you’re feeling guilty about not spending much money, put the towel in a cheap basket and throw some clementines inside. BAM! Feel better now?
November is creeping to a close. I hope you are enjoying the Très Frugal DIY Gift series and have found some great ideas! I have a bonus DIY Gift Idea for you today that I’m sharing with my friend Amanda at Serenity Now! DIY Stenciled table runners, check ‘em out.
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