Holiday Tea Towels | DIY Crafts

Holiday Tea Towels | DIY Crafts

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 9th 2021

DIY Christmas tea towels! Customize these fun cat tea towels using DecoArt's Holiday Colors Acrylic Paint Set.


  • transfer paper
  • scissors
  • cardboard
  • masking tape
  • blue colored pencil
  • tea towel
  • small flat brush
  • Beginner Set



Stencil brushes are optional.

Before painting on fabric, launder to remove fabric sizing, dry without fabric softener and iron if necessary.

  1. Start with two white tea towels and the Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic colors: Blue Bird, Green Beret, Red Barn, Cotton Ball
  2. Instruction #1
  3. Smooth out any wrinkles and affix tea towels onto a cardboard form with masking tape. This keeps the towels from moving or bunching while painting. Print out patterns and position the designs on the tea towels.
  4. Instruction #2
  5. Cut out the words "nice/naughty" to use as a guide for your Funky Flair Stencils-On-A-Ring.
  6. Instruction #3
  7. Find the needed stencil letters and position on towels. Affix with masking tape to prevent them from moving.
  8. Instruction #4
  9. Using a blue colored pencil, trace inside the letters for "nice" and "naughty". (Optional: Paint letters using a stencil brush and appropriate paint color.)
  10. Instruction #5
  11. Cut out head shapes, holly and candy canes of the templates.
  12. Instruction #6
  13. Trace the outline of each template onto the tea towels. Draw on interior details of each design. (Optional: use transfer paper to trace on designs.)
  14. Instruction #7
  15. Using the liner brush and Green Beret Multi Surface Satin Acrylic, paint the outline of the word "naughty". Fill in the word using a small flat brush.
  16. Instruction #8
  17. Paint holly and cat's pupils with Green Beret. Paint the holly berries using Red Barn.
  18. Instruction #9
  19. Add a touch of Red Barn to Cotton Ball to create a soft pink. Use this to paint the cat's nose and inner ears.
  20. Instruction #10
  21. Outline the cat and paint the irises with the Blue Bird using a liner brush. Use a cap lid dipped in Red Barn (or any other tool) to create dots on the background.
  22. Instruction #11
  23. Fill in shapes with Red Barn.
  24. Instruction #12
  25. Using Cotton Ball and a liner brush, paint highlights onto some areas such as the holly leaves, berries, cat's pupils, nose and wording. Allow to dry.
  26. Instruction #13
  27. For the "nice" tea towel, following the same steps as before, paint the word nice and the candy canes with using Red Barn. Outline the cat with Blue Bird and dip your cap into Green Beret to create the background dots. Use the same pink mixture for the cat's nose and inner ears.
  28. Instruction #14
  29. Using Cotton Ball and a liner brush, add highlights onto wording, candy canes and cat's nose.
  30. Instruction #15
  31. These tea towels are sure to put a smile on your face each time you look at them. They also make a fun gift for someone special who enjoys our fickle, furry friends.
  32. Instruction #16
  33. Scroll to the top of the page and click "Make It Now!" to purchase the Holiday Colors Acrylic Paint Set used to create these festive tea towels!
  34. Instruction #17


Naughty/nice Stencil Font
Naughty Kitty
Nice Kitty