DIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen Towels

DIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsAs much as I love hosting a party, there’s something undeniably relaxing about being someone else’s guest. Letting someone else plan, decorate, cook, entertain, and clean up (always offer to help!) is a treat, am I right? I learned early that you always bring the host a gift, so over the years, I’ve gotten creative about what I bring. If you want to skip the standard vase of flowers, I’ve got a pretty and simple DIY hostess gift alternative that would be perfect to bring to an Independence Day party or backyard BBQ. I’ve combined a simple dip dye technique with a little fast hand stamping to create a red, white, and blue kitchen towels that are sure to please. DIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen Towels



Step 1

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsI found these 100% cotton kitchen towels at Target for $3.99. Perfect.

Step 2

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsI had some leftover craft supplies that lent themselves well to a patriotic hostess gift. I grabbed this Rit Liquid Dye in Royal Blue and this Tulip Fabric Paint in Crimson Red, both readily available at any craft store, and headed to the kitchen.

Step 3

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsFirst up, I heated 3 gallons of water to a simmer in a large pot. The hotter the water, the better the dye sticks. Once the water was at the right temperature, the whole pot went into the sink. With the pot in the sink, I could easily transfer the dyed towels from the pot to rinse without having to worry about dripping dye anywhere. I mixed in half of the bottle of dye and stirred it around to evenly distribute.

Step 4

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsNext, I added my towels so half the towel was in the dye bath, and half was hanging outside. I set my kitchen timer for 30 minutes.

Step 5

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsAfter five minutes, I added a cup of salt dissolved in a cup of hot water, plus a squirt of dishwashing liquid.

Step 6

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsAfter 30 minutes, I rinsed each towel until the water ran clear, then gave them a quick wash with a little liquid detergent. A thorough rinse, and the towels were ready to dry.

Step 7

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsI let my towels air dry in the sun. The fabric is so gauzy and light, the dyed areas lightened up quite a bit, but I actually liked the dry results better.

Step 8

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsOnce the towels were dry, I was ready to stamp. I had a tiny star stamp in my bucket of stamps, so I grabbed that, the fabric paint, and a cheap foam brush.

Step 9

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsRather than dipping the stamp directly into the paint, which would have resulted in clumps of paint accumulating, I dabbed the fabric paint on using the foam brush. This gave an even application of paint without overloading the stamp.

Step 10

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsI scattered the stars across the white center of the towel evenly.

Step 11

 Open GalleryDIY Dip Dyed Stamped Kitchen TowelsOnce I was finished stamping, I let the towels dry for 4 hours, as advised by the fabric paint instructions. Once they were dry, I folded them up neatly, wrapped each in a bit of ribbon, and left them by the front door to grab as we head out for parties this weekend. It’s a small, simple gift that I hope will bring a smile to those who have invited us over for the holiday weekend. Happy Independence Day, y’all!


  • Liquid Dye
  • Fabric Paint
  • 100% cotton kitchen towels


  • Large pot
  • Stamp
  • Foam brush
About Ellen Foord 


A tight budget has never stopped Ellen Foord from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every day as one of life's smaller celebrations. A freelance writer and ...

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2 Responses

  1. Suzie says:

    Actually I think they're less than that, like may 69 cents each.

  2. Suzie says:

    I dye cotton dish towels all the time, you can get these 100% cotton dishtowels at IKEA for 99 cents each. I'm going to make your red, white and blue towels today and keep them for Labor Day gifts. Great idea!

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