3 Creative Tea Towel Uses | Budget Friendly Home Decor

Looking for creative ways to use your kitchen towels?

Tea towel uses can go beyond drying dishes and wiping countertops.

With a little imagination and a few simple materials, you can turn your kitchen towels into unique home decor items.

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DIY cafe curtains with tea towels

Making Tea Towel Curtains

Tea towel curtains are an easy way to add a unique touch to your windows.

How to make tea towel curtains

1. Iron Your Towels

Start by ironing out all the wrinkles in your kitchen towels.

Clipping curtain rings to kitchen towels

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2. Attach Curtain Rings

Clip 3 to 4 round curtain rings to the short end of each towel.

If you need to adjust the length, fold over the top and clip the rings along the fold.

Incorporating kitchen towels into decor

3. Hang the Towels

Slip the curtain rings onto simple tension rods and hang the rods in your window.

Hanging tea towel curtains on tension rods

Adjust the towels so the curves all face the same direction.

Turning tea towels into unique wall art

Kitchen Towel Art

Turn your tea towels into wall art with this simple project.

Ironing tea towels for crafts

1. Iron Your Tea Towel

Make sure there are no wrinkles.

Tea towel wall art project

2. Prepare the Frame

Take an old or thrifted picture frame and remove any previous art or cardboard pieces.

We will use the back of the old artwork as a base for attaching our kitchen towel.

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3. Secure the Tea Towel

Apply painter's tape to the edge of the tea towel, securing it to the cardboard backing.

Kitchen towel ideas for decor

4. Assemble the Frame

Place the mat over the taped tea towel and slide it into the frame.

DIY wall art

Now you have a beautiful, unique piece of wall art.

Tea towel upcycle into a table runner

Tea Towel Table Runner

For a fun and functional tea towel upcycle project, make a gorgeous table runner.

Kitchen towel craft ideas

1. Align the Towels

Find three or four tea towels in a fun pattern.

Aligning and taping tea towels

Flip two towels over and align the short ends against each other.

Tea towel upcycle project

2. Tape the Towels

Place a strip of simple duct tape over the aligned edges and press down firmly.

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Continue to line up the towels end to end and tape the short ends together using duct tape.

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These kitchen towel crafts show just how versatile and creative you can be with simple home items.

Home decorating on a budget

Whether you make tea towel curtains, wall art, or a table runner, you can add a personal touch to your home decor.

Try these projects and see how easy it is to bring new life to your kitchen towels.

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  • 'Janis Plourde 'Janis Plourde on Jun 27, 2024
    Great ideas on all!
  • Pat Pat on Jun 28, 2024
    I have made these for years for bathroom and kitchen. Looks much better if you hems with iron on tape for correct height. I put the hems in top and botom . I have made valances as well. I dont like the look of these as it shows where the towel ends. It also looks much better with smaller clips that match the rod black clips black rod, etc. In the bathrom I dont use clips but run a tension rod through my easy hem.