Fern printed tea towels make great gifts at the holidays and you can use this technique with just about any pretty foliage.
I love using flour sack towels to wipe down the counters and dry pots and pans. They are very absorbent and really get the job done. Here’s a project that will turn the ordinary flour sack tea towel into a pretty decorative fern printed tea towels that you can proudly hang in the kitchen using craft paint and plants from your garden.
Fern Printed Tea Towels
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- Flour sack tea towels
- Plant materials – Flat leaves like ferns work best
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Fabric Painting Medium
- Sponge brush
- Paper towel
- Wash, dry and iron the tea towels.
- Spread out newspaper over the work area.
- Lay the tea towel right side up on the newspaper and mark the area you want to print. For example; I wanted to print the area that shows when the tea towel is folded in half and then into thirds.
- Choose your plant material. I used Japanese painted ferns, Autumn ferns and some Boston ferns.
- Gently wipe the leaves with a damp paper towel to remove any debris.
- Practice laying out the ferns on the tea towels to see what looks good to you.
- Mix the fabric medium and the craft paint together on a paper plate.
- Place the fern face down on a separate piece of newspaper and dab the paint generously on the back side.
- Carefully pick up the fern, turn it over and lay it down onto the tea towel.
- Use your fingers to gently press it onto the towel.
- Then take a folded paper towel and press down on the fern.
- The paper towel will pick up some paint so be sure to turn it over or use a new piece before pressing down the rest of the fern.
- Then carefully lift up the fern and view your masterpiece.
- Allow the print to dry for 24-48 hours.
- Heat set the print by placing a thin scrap of material on top and ironing it for 20 seconds.
Note: It takes a few times to get it right so be sure to cut extra plant material and practice on paper first.