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How to Paint a Quick Confetti Dishtowel

Not only is this project fun to make, it’s a perfect gift to make for friends and family! Mother’s day, teacher gifts, holiday gift giving, you name it! These quick confetti dishtowels will be the new way to clean your dishes!

DIY: Paint a Quick Confetti Dishtowel

Flour sack dishtowels are my absolute favorite to use in the kitchen. They are absorbent and dry quickly. The problem? They don’t add much to the room as far as color goes. My solution is to add a bit of paint and fabric medium to customize the towels to your specific taste and color scheme. I whipped up a few of this confetti version during nap time and am so thrilled with the results!

To make some of your own you’ll need to gather a few supplies…

Painted Confetti Dishtowel


  • flour sack dishtowels (pre-washed)
  • craft paint
  • fabric medium
  • cardboard
  • paper bowls (to mix paint)
  • wooden craft sticks (to mix paint)
  • round foam sponges


1. Add one part fabric medium to two parts paint in a bowl and mix. The fabric medium is more runny than the paint so I just eye it.

2. Next, simply dip the round foam sponges into the fabric paint and place on the dishtowel. Be sure to have a piece of cardboard underneath the dishtowel so the paint doesn’t seep through to your work surface. I found it helped to gently dab the foam sponge onto the dishtowel to get a more solid circle.

3. Continue painting until you have a look you’re happy with.

4. Allow 24 hours for the paint to dry then heat set before washing. Enjoy your new colorful dish towel, friends!

Now you have a brand new set of dishtowels for your kitchen! They can be decorative or practical and used everyday. Have fun with DIY for your home decor!

*Originally posted 5/1/12


  1. Where did you buy your flour sack cloths from ? I would love to make this tutorial as Easter gifts.

  2. Love this. I just did a dry run on one of these towels, in order to make an example one to show my son. We are going to make these for Grandparents Day gifts. It took me less than 15 mins! I am not usually able to follow crafts I find on the internet, but this one was simple, cheap, and required little time or materials. Now, let’s see how I feel after I have attempted one with my 3 year old!

  3. I am sorry but I noticed that the first comment I left didn’t link to my blog post about this. Here’s my web address in the event the error wasn’t corrected:

  4. I couldn’t have found this idea at a better time! I’ve been looking for linen tea/dish towels but I couldn’t find anything in my price range. This was a very affordable alternative. My towels turned out beautiful! I couldn’t help but to do a blog post on it myself. I even calculated the cost for my beautiful towels. I also included a link to this post. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Fun project! I always forget about the possibility of using fabric medium for regular craft paints (and end up splurging on expensive fabric paints instead). Good reminder!

  6. Thanks for the great idea…this will be the Mother’s day project for my Grand daughter
    and church activity day girls…thanks so much!

  7. This is wonderful! I would actually give something like this to my mom for mother’s day. And make some for myself too.

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