Painted Dish Towels: The Perfect Kid Made Mother’s Day Gift

Mother’s Day is coming up so fast! I always like to give a handmade gift to my mom, especially now that she has grandkids. These painted dish towels are so easy, so cute and so useful!
Handmade Dish Towels for Mom | Motherhood in the Trenches
Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White dish towels, washed, dried and ironed (I bought ours at Target for like $5, and they are giant. I didn’t realize it until after I opened them. They work fine but I would have preferred something smaller.)
  • Fabric Paint (we used Martha Stewart Paints because I love their colors)
  • Paint supplies (brushes, sponges, printmaking things like apples, stamps, whatever you’d like.)
  • Paper to cover your area
  • Masking tape to tape the towel down

Here’s what you’ll do:

Make sure your dish towels are washed, dried and ironed.

Start by covering your work area. You may want to set up a few different “stations” because the paint will bleed through the towel and onto the work surface. If you reuse the work area you’ll get paint on the back of your new towel.

Use masking tape to tape the towel taut.

Whenever I do a project I start by letting Big Sis do whatever she wants. I find that if I give her free reign first, she’s more likely to cooperate with directions after. So the first towel (pictured above) I let her paint however she wanted. That one ended up being my favorite.
Handmade Dish Towels for Mom | Motherhood in the Trenches
Then we did an apple print. Cut an apple in half, dip into paint and press onto the towel.
Handmade Dish Towels for Mom | Motherhood in the Trenches

Handmade Dish Towels for Mom | Motherhood in the Trenches
Lastly, we did a handprint towel, because what Grandma doesn’t love kid handprints?!
Handmade Dish Towels for Mom | Motherhood in the Trenches
Let them dry for the time allotted on the bottle of your paint, usually 24 hours. Then wash them again to make them softer. The paint will still be pretty stiff but washing them softens them up a bit.

This is great to pair with some handpainted wooden kitchen utensils which I’m hoping to share on Monday! If you try the project I’d love for you to share. Comment below with a link to your blog or tag me on Instagram or post on our Facebook page. Happy crafting!