Stencil Painted Christmas Towel & Trivet - Handmade in the Heartland

Stencil Painted Christmas Towel & Trivet

It's Christmas gift season and this stencil painted Christmas towel & trivet are the perfect gift for friends, neighbors and teachers! This post contains affiliate links. 
easy and simple DIY Christmas gift idea
I'm excited to take you step-by-step through this tutorial on how to make a stencil painted Christmas tea towel. It's super easy and can be done in less than an hour. With the help of my Cricut Explore Air 2 I can create my own stencils instead of purchasing designs I'm not in love with at the craft store. You can see my full review of the new Cricut Explore Air 2

Making handmade Christmas gifts
Step 1: Pick your image in the Cricut design space and measure your tea towel to figure out how large you want your image to be. I purchased my towel at Ikea (they are less than$1 and have the cute red lines!). In design space scale your image to the size that you want and then click 'Go'.  I chose a fun Christmas image that is available in the design space. 
Cricut Explore Air 2 for making gifts
Step 2: Cut your image onto stencil vinyl. When you get to the screen pictured below the new Cricut Air 2 has an option for "fast mode" which you can use with vinyl, heat transfer and card stock. It's awesome! It really is 2x's faster than regular mode. 

Using the Cricut Explore Air 2
Step 3: Apply your stencil vinyl to the towel using the transfer tape. Also a tip, place a piece of cardboard under the towel so that when the paint bleeds through it doesn't get on your surface!
Easy Idea for Handmade Christmas Gift

How to make Christmas gifts
The picture below shows me peeling the transfer tape off the stencil after I've already placed the stencil onto the towel.  I love how Cricut stencil vinyl is adhesive so it doesn't move while your painting!
How to paint a tea towel with a stencil
Step 4: Paint inside the stencil! For this stencil I decided to do different lines of text different colors.  I purchased all my paint at the craft store- you can use regular craft paint if you buy a tube of textile medium to mix in with it, I did that for the gold. 
How to paint a tea towel
Step 5: Let your paint dry before you peel your stencil off. This is the hardest part for me! I always want to see it right after I paint it. ;) Step away! Let it dry and then go back and remove your stencil. Viola, you are done! 
How to use a Cricut Explore Air 2 to make a Christmas gift
You can always keep it for yourself to use in your home this Christmas season or give it as a fun gift! 
Handmade Christmas gift idea for friends and neighbors
This easy project is a great one to have kids help with.  My 4 year old (who is a little OCD and not your typical 4 year old) loved helping me paint the stencil. So depending on your kid and their interest you can definitely do this with kids. 
Easy DIY gift ideas for Christmas
When I was at Ikea I picked up a random set of cork trivets, They were in a set of 3 I think. I decided to make a matching trivet to go with the kitchen towel to give as a gift. Seriously so easy. I just used painters tape and taped off a portion of the trivet and painted it, let it dry and did it again with the final two colors. 
this Christmas painted tea towel is the perfect gift!
I think this set makes a perfect neighbor or teacher gift, you know those gifts that you deliver earlier in December.  It's something fun they can add to their home during the holiday season and think of you!
handmade Christmas gift
I much prefer a handmade gift to a store bought gift that you are just buying to buy something. In the photo below I tied them together with red grosgrain ribbon in the perfect little bundle. 
Handmade Christmas gift for friends and neighbors.
If you make a stenciled towel please let me know! I love to see when you make things from the blog, it seriously makes my heart happy! :) Share it with me in the comments or tag me on Instagram (@handmadeintheheartland) or facebook!
The perfect DIY Christmas gift for friends and neighbors
Are you making handmade gifts this year? I'd love to hear what you are making in the comments! 

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