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Snowflake Printed Tea Towels

Learn how to make snowflake printed tea towels using fabric paint and silkscreens. A fun and easy craft idea you can keep or give away!

As some of you may remember way back in May and June, I was part of the Outdoor Extravaganza. I had so much fun collaborating with a few blogger friends during the series that I decided to create something similar this fall, but with a new twist.

One Item Project Challenge

For the One Item Project Challenge, each blogger was given a specific craft supply to work with per week and had to create or decorate something with it. To kick off this 3-week series, we started with FABRIC PAINT.

I have been wanting to try Martha Stewart’s fabric paint medium for a while now. It can be mixed with an array of colours of acrylic paint to make it soft and adhere to fabric, even through a delicate wash cycle.

Although I’ve done a lot of fabric painting projects in my textile design classes at university, I never got to try my hand at screen printing. Martha Stewart makes a good selection of pre-made silkscreens, and I thought it would be fun to try them out and make some printed tea towels. So much fun!

DIY Printed Tea Towels with Snowflakes

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DIY Printed Tea Towels



Instead of purchasing tea towels, I decided to make my own since I had a cotton/linen remnant left over from a drapery project. Whether you’re using pre-made towels or creating your own, be sure to pre-wash the fabric and iron smooth before starting the printing process.

To construct the tea towel, I cut two sizes measuring 20″ x 28″. Next, I pressed the raw edge ¼” in around all sides and turned it again exposing a 5/8” hem that I pinned and stitched in place.

How to Sew a Tea Towel

For the design, I selected a collection of Martha Stewart snowflake silkscreens, as well as a light blue-green paint (cloud) and a dark grey colour (arrowhead).

DIY Printed Tea Towel Supplies

To begin, I centered a large snowflake on the bottom of one tea towel about 4 inches up. I affixed the adhesive screen and taped off the perimeter with painter’s tape to be safe.

Tip: Put the tape slightly under the silkscreen and not over because the screen is delicate and may tear when you take the tape off (I learned this the hard way).

DIY SIlkscreening on Tea Towel

Next, I mixed one part fabric medium to two parts paint and applied a generous amount on one side of the silkscreen. Using the squeegee, I pulled the paint across the silkscreen, making sure to cover the open pattern. I used the squeegee to take off any excess.

After pulling off the screen, I was left with a large grey snowflake and repeated the procedure with a smaller silkscreen and the cloud paint.

Tip: Rinse the paint off each silkscreen immediately after using so the paint doesn’t set.

Screen Printing a Snowflake Onto Fabric

After applying two snowflakes to each tea towel, I decided to add one more in a robin’s egg colour I had in my craft stash. After allowing the paint to dry for 24 hours, I covered the snowflakes with a cotton cloth and set the colour with my iron on the wool setting for about 30 seconds on each section.

To protect the snowflakes, I plan on washing the towels on the delicate setting as needed. For me, they’ll be more decorative than utilitarian, so they should last.

Handmade Snowflake Tea Towels

They’re the perfect addition to our kitchen for the holiday season and winter, right?

DIY Snowflake Tea Towels

This project was super easy and a lot of fun! I’m planning on using the fabric paint to create a pin board for my office and perhaps a decorative pillow or two. What do you want to make?

More Fabric Paint Projects

Be sure to come back next Wednesday to find out what the second craft supply was on our One Item Project Challenge list.

For another project idea using the snowflake silk screens, check out my Painted Glass Canisters. A lovely handmade gift idea too!

Snowflake Painted Glass Canisters

Finally, see how I used a ready-made tea towel to organize flatware.

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Happy crafting!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. these came out PERFECTLY!!!! we did a flour sack towel project on monday.  i bought transfer paper that you can draw on with markers and had the kids draw on it and then i transferred the pics to the towels for christmas gifts for grandparents. :)

    1. Thanks Cassie! These silkscreens are really easy to work with and I’m sure with mom’s help your kids would make out fine. Your project sounds fun and I know their grandparents will love them!

  2. Ooohh.. These are so pretty Shauna! Hmm. I think a trip to Michael’s is in order now that my power is back on!

  3. I love the simplicity and the color selection!  They will last you through the holidays and during winter!  Thanks for hosting!  Can’t wait for next week!

  4. So pretty, Shauna ~ they’d be a perfect gift, too! Thanks for motivating us to get our diy mojo on! :)

  5. I want these. They go perfectly with my holiday color scheme. I love the snowflake stencil leave it to Martha to make the perfect snowflake. You did an amazing job! 

  6. Shauna, these tea towels are gorgeous! As if not busy enough…now you need at etsy shop! These are fabulous!!! I have tea towels on my ‘to do’ list…you’ve made me want to get going on them!

    XO, Aimee

  7. They’re perfect, Shauna! I love the simplicity, and kudos to you for creating your own tea towel, too! The only fabric painting I’ve ever done was way back in my youth with Artex fabric paint. Do you remember Artex? Let’s just say, my creations were big, bold, and not so lovely ;-)

    1. I don’t remember Artex, but I did a lot of wax resist with dye and even some fabric block painting using wood blocks I created from drawings. It was a lot of work, but the results were beautiful.

  8. These are so beautiful!  I’ve been wondering for a while…what is the difference between silk screening and stenciling??  The process seems similar, but I’ve never used a squeegee, so obviously there is something different!:)  It looks like lots of fun.  I’d love to give it a try.

    1. The screens have tiny holes that allow the paint through in only certain areas. They seem to be a little more precise than stenciling. Really fun to do- you should give it a whirl!

  9. I found your blog through Pam @ Simple Details and I just spent the last 30 minutes going through some of your old blogs. Awesome !  I am so happy to have found you. You seem so organized and creative and fun!  I’ll be back often!

  10. I love this Shauna!! You did a great job and provided an easy tutorial, I am going to have to give this a try. Perfect for that homemade Christmas Gift! Enjoy your day!

  11. What a great project! Perfect for the holidays. I haven’t ever screen printed but this makes me think even I can do it.

  12. Love these Shauna! They are almost too pretty to use! Definitely want to try this fun DIY…they would make perfect handmade gifts too!

    1. I don’t think I’ll be using them for pots and pans. I’ll likely pull them out when I’m entertaining since a lot of my other towels I use regularly aren’t that pretty. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. These are so pretty, love the colors you chose for the snow flakes. I’ve never done silk screen, but may have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us.

  14. I’m so glad to see a winter project shared with Throwback Thursday. I know that a lot of people are thinking about crafts they’d like to make in January and your tea towels are perfect.

  15. Shauna, These are gorgeous!! I love the snowflakes and the colors. Thanks so much for sharing at Throwback Thursday. *Pinning*


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