DIY Christmas Hand Towels

An easy hostess gift or way to add holiday decor to your home is a custom hand towel.  This project cost less than $10 and takes less than 10 minutes!

Paint {I used Martha Stewart multi-surface metallic}
Foam brush
Hand towels {I used bandanas in a pinch – you’d never know the difference!}
Insert cardboard behind your fabric to keep paint from bleeding to the other side.

Secure/hold your stencil.  Add a little paint to your brush and gently paint.

Remove your stencil and your cardboard.

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Julie Blanner is the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.


  • Reply December 11, 2012


    Very pretty. Love that ribbon – it really makes the tea towel pop.

  • Reply December 11, 2012

    Coordinately Yours

    Velvet is so rich and timeless, isn’t it?

  • Reply December 12, 2012


    This is so perfect! It is so easy and so lovely. I am saving this for one of my fays off because this will make lovely gifts!

  • Reply December 12, 2012

    Coordinately Yours

    No need! Each takes just about 2 minutes!

  • Reply December 14, 2012

    Elli by studio34e blog

    I run for velvet ribbon!!Amazing diy idea!
    Happy weekend!!

  • Reply December 15, 2012

    Adventures in Dressmaking

    Those are soooo pretty. I love giving cloth napkins since people so rarely have a nice set. So cute with the ribbon, too! Hope I can master stenciling without going under the edges–must be easier on flat fabric like that!

  • Reply December 15, 2012

    Julie Blanner

    That’s a great idea! It’s so easy, just use a little paint at a time to prevent bleeding and you’ll be fine!

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  • Reply April 12, 2014

    Rebecca Pulawa

    Hello, Where did you find the stencil pattern? I have been looking at the local craft stores but cannot find the animal outlines.

    • Reply April 12, 2014


      Michael’s – it’s a Martha Stewart stencil set that has all seasons.

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