When I was hand-making things for my wedding and hated messing up and making mistakes, my good friend Emily said, “If it’s perfect, you’ll never know that it’s homemade.” I’ve always kept that in mind when DIYing and I don’t stress if I mess up. And I definitely kept that in mind when making these Watermelon Sponge Stamped Tea Towels! They certainly aren’t perfect, but they add some color to my kitchen and make drying the dishes more fun and they ARE perfect for spring and summer!And they are SUPER easy to make. I promise! Even if you think you aren’t crafty, I swear you can do this one! You only need a few supplies:
- Tea Towels
- Paint – I used 2 different pink and orange colors for the fruit, and a single green for the rind, and of course black for the seeds.
- Paint brush
- Iron (optional)
The first step is to cut your sponge. You’re going to use your scissors to cut a rounded wedge off one corner, then make another rounded cut on the same corner to make the rind. Flip the sponge around and repeat on the opposite corner. The bit in the very middle is trash, but you’ll end up with two rounded watermelon fruit triangles and two skinny rinds. Next, lay out your tea towel on top of a piece of cardboard in case the paint bleeds though the fabric. Then coat the larger triangle sponge stamp with your first color of paint and randomly stamp it on the tea towel, remembering to leave enough room for the rind stamps and the second round of a different color. Use your second triangle sponge stamp to stamp the second color. Then finish by stamping the rind – just remember to leave a bit of space between the pink fruit and the green rind to make it look like a watermelon with a bit of white in the middle. When you’re finished stamping, use your paintbrush to dot little seeds! Then let it dry and you’re done!
See! Super simple! If you want, you can iron the tea towel to get out any wrinkles. You should probably do this first, but I did it last, because I’m not the perfect DIYer and everything turned out just fine. Seriously, how cute are they?