Getting Graphic with Owls

This title sounds much dirtier than it was intended. But that's just kind of how I roll anyway. 

One of the things I have been lusting after on my Pinterest boards are these graphic owl towels. And while they are not too expensive, I just knew I could make them at home on the cheap. I am a frugal maven that way. Though some may call me a cheapskate. That might be more accurate. 
I kind of have a thing for owls in our home, but it's not an all out aviary or anything. I am not obsessed with them or hoarding them, they are just subtly hidden around our house. It's subtle I swear. 

Supplies:
Towels (I chose a microfiber)
A printout of your choice (I can not draw to save my life so I used something very simple)
Freezer paper
Pencil 
Fabric paint (any color, I wanted gray and couldn't find it so I "made do" and mixed black and white)
Cutting tool
Small paint brush or foam brush (not shown)
Iron (not shown)

The first thing I did was trace an outline of the printout on the freezer paper. The great thing about this is that you could use any graphic image that you like. It could also be as intricate or simple as you like.

Awesome Tip Alert: Since I was creating two towels, I folded the freezer paper in half to cut out the pieces. That way I had two somewhat identical stencils to work with and it required less time for intricate cutting.
After cutting out all the pieces I ironed on the freezer paper, shiny side down, to the towels. Making sure to center the owls as much as possible.
Once the stencils are ironed into place, I stenciled the fabric paint onto the towel making sure to get all the cracks and crevices. I let it dry according to the paint instructions and once I had waited the four hours, I anxiously pulled off the freezer paper. It might have actually been three hours and forty-five minutes. I am impatient like that.
Here's how they turned out. 

Loving my new owls. Since I had everything but the towels, it only cost a few bucks to get them made. They even make great gifts.

No comments:

Post a Comment

ShareThis