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Leaf Stamped Tea Towels

Using leaves from the yard and a little paint, you can bring a fall into your home with these diy leaf stamped tea towels!

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Hi Friends!  If you are visiting from Purple Hues and Me, welcome!  I am so excited to be part of this September Craft blog hop hosted by Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate and Andrea from Designing Morsels!  Be sure to check out all of the creative fall crafts from my blogging friends!


Here in Connecticut I have been noticing all of the signs of fall…especially the leaves that are starting to turn and carpet my yard.

What if I could use those leaves in a craft?  I started to think back to my childhood and how we loved to do leaf rubbings.

I had an idea.  What if I could use paint and use the leaf as a stamp?


Well…I am happy to share that it was a success.  This project has quickly become one of my favorites…so simple, inexpensive, and fun!  I am excited to share it with you today!





  1. Decide where you would like to place your leaf.
  2. Put a piece of cardstock underneath to prevent any bleeding from the paint.
  3. Turn the leaf over so the side with the veins is facing up.
  4. Using a sponge brush, brush the paint across the leaves.
  5. Turn the leaf over and position it on your towel.
  6. Press the leaf down to stamp the design onto your towel.
  7. Gently and carefully, peel the leaf from your towel to reveal the design.
  8. Let it dry completely and enjoy!


Does acrylic paint work on fabric?

Acrylics that are not fabric paint may leave your fabric feeling stiff.  Wash your fabric item, in this case a tea towel, before painting.


Can these towels be washed?

As I said, your fabric item should be washed before your project.  To help set your design, let it completely dry for a day.  Then iron the backside of the towel.  Do not iron the front of your design.  Then your design should be safe to wash. What I love about this craft is the design is natural and imperfections add to the character and charm.


These leaf stamped tea towels are so much fun to make!  I am planning to make a few more. These tea towels are so versatile.  They would make a great hostess gift or teacher gift.  Use these at home as seasonal towels in the kitchen, or large napkins in the dining room.  So many possibilities!

I hope you are inspired to give this simple seasonal project a try!  Please visit my friend Michelle from Our Crafty Mom and be sure to check out all of the creative fall crafts from my friends!

Celebrate and Decorate – Dollar Store Skull

Design Morsels – Mummy Door Decoration

Chas’ Crazy Creations – Breast Cancer Awareness Wreath

Birdz of a Feather – Cement Planter DIY

My Thrift Store Addiction – Thrifty Tips for Crafting Seasonal Pillows

B4 and Afters – Crochet Scarf Patterns

Debbees Buzz – Elegant Black Pumpkins

The Painted Apron – Trick Or Treat Creations

My Hubbard Home – Rustic Autumn Craft

Purple Hues and Me – Whimsical Scarecrow

My Family Thyme – Stamped Tea Towels

Our Crafty Mom – Halloween Tiered Tray Ideas

Raggedy Bits – How To Make Wooden Halloween Pumpkins

Home Is Where the Boat Is – Halloween Witch Craft

Decorate & More with Tip – Simple DIY Pumpkin Pillow

Zucchini Sisters – Pumpkin Truck Sign

Blue Sky At Home – DIY Pumpkin Wreath


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  1. What a cute idea! I can see my daughter really enjoying doing this since she loves art and loves to paint. Thank you!


  2. This sure does bring me back to my childhood. Isn’t it wonderful to rediscover simple pleasures like this. I think these are so beautiful Lynne! You’ve inspired me to try this too.

  3. Another perfect craft for fall, Lynne! I do love tea towels because they absorb water so well. I would like to make some of these as gifts and for myself 😉 I’m thinking wrapping some homemade jam with the tea towel or using on as a liner a basket with other fall like items inside.

  4. I have always wanted to try this, and yours look amazing! Wonderful crafting with you and thanks for sharing!

  5. A lovely and simple project for fall. Would make lovely gifts.

  6. These would make such a lovely gift! They are so simple and elegant. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

  7. Lynne, this is beautiful! I think this would be a great way for me to make custom napkins for a Thanksgiving tablescape! Did you need to do something to “set” the paint so it won’t wash away?

  8. Lynne, your tea towels are so festive and pretty! I love the gold leaves. These would make perfect hostess gifts or napkins. The imperfections only add to their charm and make each one unique. Thanks for sharing! It was fun crafting with you, my friend 🙂

  9. Such a creative and fun idea Lynne! I love this idea for linen napkins too! Happy to be crafting with you again ♥

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