Call it a love affair with all textiles, a love of patterns, and a need to always make everyday errands more fun — whatever you call it, it’s no secret that we have quickly become obsessed with tricking out tea towels. Today’s twist on these kitchen essentials calls on another of our favorite trends, watercolor prints! These watercolor tea towels are super easy to make, pretty to look at, and will add an instant burst of artistic flair to your kitchen. Best of all, you can get a whole kit to make your own set of tea towels for $24.99 right here in the Brit + Co. shop!

 – two white tea towels

– Dye-Na-Flow Fabric Dye

 – paintbrush

– plate or palette

– iron


1. Place a piece of cardboard under your tea towel.

2. Squeeze a drop of each color of Dye-Na-Flow on your plate or palette

3. Paint your trees!

4. Dip your brush in water to rinse, and also to create paler branches.

5. Let dry.

6. Use an iron to heat-set the dye, and you’re done!

The first step is to decide what you’re going to paint. We thought it would be cute to paint pine trees on our tea towels. I mean, what could be more wintry?

Take a little piece of cardboard and slide it between the layers of fabric. Next, choose your dyes and squeeze a little ink onto your plate.

Take your paintbrush and dip the tip into the dye. Start painting on your tea towel making sure that if the dye does bleed through, it bleeds onto the cardboard.

Continue painting. Go all Picasso and Matisse on it!

To achieve the watercolor effect, take your paintbrush and dip it into water. Brush the water onto the dye.

Let your freshly painted tea towel dry, then use an iron to heat-set the dye. Voila!

What designs would you paint? Tell us in the comments below.