String Art Inspired Painted Tea Towels {and 6 more Easter Ideas}

 It is officially Spring!  Hopefully it feels like Spring where you live.  Here in So-Cal I have to admit, I’m feeling a bit jipped cause we didn’t even get much of a “winter.”  I see you rolling your eyes at me right now thinking “uh, paradise problems…” but seriously, I long for some cozy days.  I want to wear my boots too!

Ok, so hopefully you are done rolling your eyes at me and are ready for what I have in store for you today.  Not just one project idea, but 7 Creative Easter Ideas!  That is right!  After I show you my String Art Inspired Painted Tea Towels, which were really easy by the way, I have some amazing bloggy friends that are showing off their projects too!  So be sure to visit each link at the end of this post to go check out some more ideas!
String Art Inspired Tea Towels

 What do you think of these Painted Tea Towels?  Pretty cool huh?

Every time a holiday rolls around, I have a bit of a dilemma.  I guess you could say I’m not one to go all out decorating for every holiday partly because I don’t like to spend money on things that are only out for a month, and partly because my style tends to be a bit more modern than cutesy .  So I’ve started to make my own decorations so that I can give them a bit of a modern twist.

String Art Inspired Tea Towels

And so I whipped up some of these Painted Tea Towels that definitely have a modern vibe.  I love the look of string art and thought, why not mimic the look of string art with my (really fancy) painting technique. That was a total joke, wait till you see what I mean by “fancy.”

String Art Inspired Painted Tea Towels

For this project you will need:

  • White tea towels or flour sacks (I accidently bought really large ones, so I ended up cutting one in half to make 2 towels.) Try to get ones that are smooth.
  • Craft paint that works on fabric or a fabric medium to add to some craft paint.
  • A small piece of contact paper.
  • An xacto knife.
  • Scissors
  • Thin pieces of cardboard. (Cereal boxes work perfect or the back of the pads of paper that realtors leave at your door.)
  • A mechanical pencil or something with a tip that small.

String Art Inspired Tea Towels

 Step 1: Make your template: Draw an egg the size you want it to be on a piece of paper and tape it to the non sticky side of your contact paper.  Then cut it out using your xacto knife.  Once you have your cut out, peel off the back of your contact paper and stick the stencil to your tea towel where you want your egg to be. Press down on the edges really well.

String Art Inspired Tea Towels

 Now for the really “fancy” painting technique.  You may have seen me use this technique before when I painted chevron stripes.

Step 2: Create “strings” with paint. (Mix your paint with a fabric medium if necessary) and put a thin puddle of paint onto a paper plate.  Then take the edge of a thin piece of cardboard and dip it into the paint. (Your cardboard needs to be wide enough to fit across your egg shape.) Now, use the edge of the card board like you would a stamp and start stamping in all different directions.

String Art Inspired Tea Towels

Step 3: Paint a border: When you have enough “strings” you will need to finish it off with a border.  I dipped the tip of my mechanical pencil (without led) into the paint and pretty much drew the paint on around the edge of the stencil.  When you are done, peel off the contact paper.

To add the grass I just stamped green paint using short pieces of cardboard.

String Art Inspired Tea Towels

And that my friends is all there is too it!  Be sure to read the directions on your paint.  Some fabric paints need to be set with heat.

I really dig the modern twist on cutesy that I have going on here don’t you?

Alrighty…ready for more fun Easter and Spring ideas? Let me turn it over to my bloggy friends!  See how talented they are?

DIY Easter Decorations

1) Cadbury Mini Egg Easter Sundae by Whistle and Ivy
2) Tangram Bunny Art by Persia Lou
3) Fall Wreath Transformed for Spring by Homemade Ginger
4) String Art Inspired Painted Tea Towels by Tiny Sidekick (you are here 🙂
5) Baker’s Twine Carrot by Keeping it Simple
6) Cross-Stitch Bunny Canvas by Cutesy Crafts
7) Twine Wrapped Easter Eggs by Cook and Craft Me Crazy

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

30 thoughts on “String Art Inspired Painted Tea Towels {and 6 more Easter Ideas}

  1. […] Ivy 2) Tangram Bunny Art by Persia Lou 3) Fall Wreath Transformed for Spring by Homemade Ginger 4) String Art Inspired Painted Tea Towels by Tiny Sidekick 5) Baker’s Twine Carrot by Keeping it Simple 6) Cross-Stitch Bunny Canvas by […]

  2. Oh my cuteness Corey, this is such a brilliant painting technique! There are probably dozens of projects you could make with it, and your tea towels turned out so well!

    1. Thanks for the invite! Just linked up 🙂

  3. What a great Easter craft to do with kids! They came out so pretty. I just wanted to let you know that I am linking to this post on 4/7 at Simply Creative Living if you don’t mind.

  4. This is awesome! Love how your mind works! xo

    1. Well thanks Malia! I think I’m going to need to do this as a piece of wall art or something too! It was just so easy. Thank you for popping by!

  5. These turned out so cute! I am really in love with them! And I like that you could use this same method for a bunch of different seasons too (string art painted christmas trees anyone?). Brilliant! Thanks so much for linking up at Much Ado About Monday. We love seeing your beautiful projects each week. 🙂

  6. These are so cute, Corey! I don’t decorate for every holiday but I like to at least do something little each year for Easter. So glad you shared this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop–I’m sharing this on my FB page this morning!

  7. This is so easy, cute and clever! I’m trying it soon! Found you over at the linky party at SEASONED HOMEMAKER.

  8. LOVE THIS@ I can’t wait to try it!

  9. These are super cute! LOVE! Just pinned 🙂 How simple and beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  10. This is genius. At first I thought you actually sewed onto the tea towel until I started reading your post. So much easier to do it with paint. Pinned. Would love to feature this project on my weekly roundup (linking back)

  11. This is such a clever idea! I’m with you on the whole, “I don’t feel like decorating for a holiday thing”, especially with smaller holidays. I would love to get more Spring like decor that is more modern and less cutesy though.

  12. Love this idea, Corey! Never would have thought to paint string art!

  13. This is brilliant Corey, love it! I would never have thought to make this but I’m definitely going to try your fancy technique out soon.

  14. These are darling! I love how simple they are! I thought it was sewn on, not painted! SO COOL! I love how cute they are! WAY TO GO! xo-Brook

    1. Thank you! I thought about sewing them, but then I simplified. So much faster 🙂

  15. These are so cute and I completely forgot about the mechanical pencil trick, which I think you had shared in another post. So clever! Love all the other Easter ideas too, pinned 🙂

    1. Love my mechanical pencil. Just found some really cute ones in the dollar spot at Target today!!! Pretty much made my day 🙂 Thanks buddy!

    1. Thanks Aniko! They really are so very easy 🙂 Hope you are having a great week.

  16. They’re so cute (in the cool, i want them in my house way – not cutesy 😉 ). Sounds easy enough to try out! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Pinning 🙂

    1. Thanks Alexis! Just what I was going for 🙂

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