Tea Towel Wall Art

When it comes to pretty linens and tea-towels, I definitely have a small weakness.  OK, a big weakness.

Recently, I came across a particular tea that I liked so much I decided to turn it into tea towel art.


I typically use various linens in my food styling efforts for this blog and this tea-towel is part of a collection of fun, typography-laden linens.

This set is from Studio Patro which carries a colorful selection of similar towels, aprons and napkins among other things.

T-towel as art

Here’s a look at how I used one of the tea-towels in the series to style my post on HOW TO MAKE PEACH COBBLER. 

I think this “BAKE” tea-towel would look especially lovely hanging in a baker’s kitchen.

Peach cobbler dish3

While the tea-towels certainly add an interesting and unexpected element to my food photos, it seemed more fitting to use this one particular towel as a more visible, daily reminder to appreciate the little things.

Throughout this post, I’ll show you how easy it is to turn great tea-towels into fun wall art.

Studio patro

I was going to buy a new frame but then I remembered I already had a framed poster which was tucked away in my basement storage room.

It was a breeze to peel off the paper backing.

T-towels as art paper2

The poster had triple matting which made it all the more attractive to re-purpose.

As you can see, some of the edging peeled off but it was clear the damage would not be visible once I put everything back together.

The original poster was too secure to remove from the original piece of foam core board but I was able to pick up another board at my local office supply store.

frame matting

Spray a very light amount of re-positionable adhesive onto the back of the t-towel and allow to air dry for several minutes.

It’s very important to use RE-POSITIONABLE  adhesive and NOT permanent adhesive so you can easily re-adjust the placement of the tea-towel onto the foam core.

NOTE: It’s a good idea to spray a test piece of similar fabric first to make sure the adhesive doesn’t bleed through the fabric. 

T-towels as art spray

Position the tea-towel onto the foam core board and check the placement by putting the mats back in place.

Make sure your hands are clean of oil or any debris sweep your hands over the tea-towel so that it’s secure.

Use a clean rolling pin to flatten out any creases.

Insert mat back into the frame.

T-towel as art roller

Insert toothpicks into the back of the wood frame where the screw holes were removed.

This will help guide the proper placement of the paper backing.

T-towel as art toothpicks

Brown paper wrapping comes in large rolls and is available at most crafts stores.

Measure the width and length of the back of the frame and cut the paper to fit.

Kraft paper

Once the tea-towel and matting has been secured in the frame, place the kraft paper backing over the back side of the wood frame.

Pierce the paper with the toothpicks.  These holes will mark where you need to return the screws.

T-towel as art toothpicks2

Trim the paper just inside the edge of the frame.

Apply a thin strip of glue along the edge of the wood frame and adhere the paper to the frame.

Remove the toothpicks and replace the bracket and screws.

T-towels as art paper

You can also purchase small, rubber wall protectors to adhere to the corners of the frame to prevent scuffing or scratching.

As you can see, not every linen needs to be saved for dishes or photo styling.

Consider turning that next great tea into fabulous tea towel wall art. 

tea towel art

 

Thanks for stopping by.

See you back here next time.

 

  • Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Such a great idea…I’ve never thought of doing that before! Thanks for sharing!

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I love the tea towel idea! You can use the tips to do almost anything! And how did you know that making macarons is on my bucket list of to do items?? In fact, I’ve never tasted one. What would you compare them to? I know there was a contest once and one of my favorite bloggers was an entered. They all looked delicious. Looking forward to your tips!

  • Susan

    I love these towel arts!

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    these are great! I love a pretty tea towel!

  • Thimbleanna

    What a great idea Lisa! I often see souvenir tea towels when I travel but never know what to do with them — thanks for the inspiration!
    And I love to make macarons, but oh the work! I can’t wait to see your tips — I need them!!!

  • Thimbleanna

    What a great idea Lisa! I often see souvenir tea towels when I travel but never know what to do with them — thanks for the inspiration!
    And I love to make macarons, but oh the work! I can’t wait to see your tips — I need them!!!

Leave a Comment