Citrus-Printed Tea Towels for Mother's Day

10 Materials
$20
30 Minutes
Easy

Hi! It's Jess from Jessica Welling Interiors. Let's get some crafting on with this quick and fun project... DIY tea towels for Mother's Day... or just because! I love how bright and colorful these are. And couldn't we all use a bit of bright and cheerful right now?

Supplies

Cut the lemon in half.

Use a large knife to cut the lemon in half along the equator. It's important for this cut to be very straight, to create a flat stamping surface.

Squeeze some juice out.

Squeeze some, but not all of the juice out. Otherwise the juice will mix with your paint later and make a mess.

Carve out some of the pulp.

Next, use a pairing knife to carve out some of the pulp, being careful to leave the membranes in-tact.

Mix paint.

Mix some acrylic craft paint, a small squirt of fabric medium, and a little water together on your paper plate or paint tray.

Apply paint to lemon.

Use a dab dab dab motion to paint the cut surface of the lemon, being sure to get all the membranes.

Test

I recommend doing a few test stamps on a paper towel to be sure you have just the right amount of paint. The ones on the top in this picture were before I carved the pulp out, and the bottom ones were done after.

Stamp.

Apply firm pressure and stamp the lemon onto the tea towel. You'll need to re-apply paint every one or two times you stamp it. Continue the pattern until you've covered the whole tea towel. Hang to dry, and you're done!

More ideas like this...

I also tried this technique with other fruits... click here to see how this turned out. And be sure to check out these Mother's Day gift ideas on my blog!

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  • Tina
    on Apr 26, 2020

    Can we do the same thing with an orange?

  • Pamela
    on Apr 26, 2020

    Very nice! Do you know how these will wash up in machine and dryer???

  • Jane
    on May 7, 2020

    What’s the purpose of fabric medium? Can this project be done without it?

    • Flipturn
      on May 14, 2020

      Hi Jane,

      Jessica answered the same question asked by someone else, below in the conversation thread. The fabric medium helps to make the painter flexible on the fabric.

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