Leaf Stamped Tea Towels

5 Materials
30 Minutes

Using leaves from the yard and a little paint, you can bring a fall into your home with these DIY leaf stamped tea towels!

Here in Connecticut, I have been noticing all of the signs of fall…especially the leaves that are starting to turn and carpet my yard. What if I could use those leaves in a craft? I started to think back to my childhood and how we loved to do leaf rubbings. I had an idea. What if I could use paint and use the leaf as a stamp?

Well…I am happy to share that it was a success. This project has quickly become one of my favorites…so simple, inexpensive, and fun! I am excited to share it with you today!


  • leaves (do not use dried leaves…they will crumble)
  • paint (I used Deco Art matte metalic acrylic paint in Champagne.)
  • sponge brush
  • tea towel (I purchased mine at Walmart.)
  • cardstock


  • Decide where you would like to place your leaf.
  • Put a piece of cardstock underneath to prevent any bleeding from the paint.
  • Turn the leaf over so the side with the veins is facing up.
  • Using a sponge brush, brush the paint across the leaves.
  • Turn the leaf over and position it on your towel.

  • Press the leaf down to stamp the design onto your towel.
  • Gently and carefully, peel the leaf from your towel to reveal the design.
  • Let it dry completely and enjoy!

Does acrylic paint work on fabric?

Acrylics that are not fabric paint may leave your fabric feeling stiff. Wash your fabric item, in this case a tea towel, before painting.

Can these towels be washed?

Your fabric item should be washed before your project. To help set your design, let it completely dry for a day. Then iron the backside of the towel. Do not iron the front of your design. Then your design should be safe to wash.

What I love about this craft is the design is natural and imperfections add to the character and charm.

These leaf stamped tea towels are so much fun to make! I am planning to make a few more. These tea towels are so versatile. They would make a great hostess gift or teacher gift. Use these at home as seasonal towels in the kitchen, or large napkins in the dining room. So many possibilities! I hope you are inspired to give this simple seasonal project a try!

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