DIY Painted Kitchen Towels {with free SVG files}

UPDATE!  I have received so many requests about selling these towels and I am happy to announce that I have just opened up an Etsy shop and these are now for sale!  You can see them in my Etsy shop HERE.  I’ll be adding more products soon, but I know how many of you have been patiently waiting for these to go on sale.

DIY Painted Kitchen Towels 3Hey everyone!  Today I’m sharing my latest project that features a little kitchen humor.  While country music is definitely my all-time favorite, I like to consider myself well-rounded when it comes to music.  I pretty much like everything.  I thought it would be fun to make some kitchen towels that had a funny musical twist to them.  Enter Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,”  Devo’s “Whip It,” and Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”  I changed them up to have a kitchen reference (although Weird Al Yankovic did sing “Just Eat It”) and created some fun stencils to make kitchen towels.  I’ve included the links for the free SVG files I made for these stencils at the bottom of this post.

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 kitchen towels (I got a 4 pack of floursack towels at Target for about $3.50)

1 bottle of fabric paint (I used Americana multi-surface paint)

1 – 24″ sheet of vinyl

1 foam paint brush or stencil brush

DIY Painted Kitchen TowelsFirst I cut my design out on my Cricut and then centered it onto the bottom of the towel.  I also laid it out on a mat to protect the table underneath.  These towels have a fairly loose weave to them, so some of the paint definitely soaked through to the mat.

DIY Painted Kitchen Towels

DIY Painted Kitchen TowelsUsing my foam brush, I dabbed the paint onto the vinyl stencil over the entire design.

DIY Painted Kitchen TowelsOnce I painted the entire design, I carefully peeled up the vinyl.

IMG_4701-editedI used my weeding tool to peel up the centers of some of the letters.  The paint was still wet, so I had to be careful not to get any on the towel.

DIY Painted Kitchen TowelsAnd here’s the finished design!  I hung it off of the back of a chair for a while to let it try before I folded the towel.

DIY Painted Kitchen TowelsI then repeated the same steps for the other two towels.  Aren’t they fun?  I’ve now got them proudly hanging in my kitchen.

Here are the links to the SVG files to cut the stencils:


Kitchen Towel Stencil 1

Kitchen Towel Stencil 2

DIY Painted Kitchen Towels 3I hope you like them as much as I do.  I always like to find ways to add some humor into my life.  It keeps things fun!  These also make great gifts for a housewarming, Mother’s Day, or for the favorite cook/baker in your life.


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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I don’t, but you could always purchase stencil material and use an Xacto knife to cut the designs out and then use letter stencils. Martha Stewart sells stencil film at Michael’s. It’s a bit more labor intensive, but it should net you the same results!

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        Viktorija says

        How does a cricut know to cut them? Can you program it on your computer or do you have to buy a specific cartridge?

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          Addicted 2 DIY says

          I had a program that I was able to use. The new cricuts should allow you to use these files. I now have a Silhouette and it works great with these files

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    First, I love the music references! When I saw “whip it good” from the picture, DEVO immediately came to mind hahaha (and that’s before even reading the post). These are a great idea, and a wonderful to addition to any kitchen, especially those who love music while they work! #sitsblogging
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    I’m reminded now how much I would love a CRICUT. I should give myself some challenges so that I can justify buying such goodies. :-)

    Really, these are too cute. I love how Snoop Dog was once so “out there” and now he’s mainstream. Once a flew a red eye flight from Los Angeles to New York between two men who work with Snoop. It was tough to get to sleep… just because these men were both much larger than me and carried on a conversation while I tried to shrink even more and get some zzzzs in before arriving in Boston at the end of my journey!!


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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      That is really cool, although I’m sure a bit awkward to be stuck between them;) Thanks for stopping by!

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    These are hilarious! On looks alone, they would fit into any decor and are very classic and classy, then you read the sayings and have a great chuckle. Maybe I really appreciate them because I remember every one of these songs too. Love it!
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    Oh, I so wanna do this! How fabulous. Can it really be that easy? I’m a perfectionist who could never color within the lines. I think it has something to do with patience… lol Stopping over for some #SITSBlogging love.

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Lol! I’m sure at some point I will use these, but right now they’re just so pretty and clean that I don’t want to touch them;)

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    Liat says

    First it’s awesome! Going to make one as a present. Many thanks for sharing.
    May I ask which font did you used? I may want to create some more sayings for an matching apron.

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Thank you! I wish I could remember which font I used. I want to say Georgia, but I can’t be positive.

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    Sandy says

    I’m assuming you have to have the Explore to download the files. I can’t get them in my Craft Room. The designs are great.

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I don’t have the Explore, I have an old program that allows me to cut my own images. If you do not have an Explore, or a Silhouette, you would not be able to use the downloadable SVG files. You could try to make your own using some of the Cricut images though:)

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      It would be pretty hard to do without a cutter, but it could be done with a craft knife. It would just be really tedious.

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I have a Cricut Expression. I just happen to also have an old program where I can also cut all of the images I would like. To cut these files, you would need either a new cricut, silhouette, or other cutting machine.

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I’m working on a way for them to be purchased. I will be sure to let everyone know if I can figure that out:)

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    Jane says

    I have a cricut but have only ever used the files they have on the machine. If I download your files how do I use them on the cricut? I want to try to make these this weekend, I love them!

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Which Cricut do you have? If you have the explore, you will be able to cut the files. If you do not, you probably won’t be able to cut them without finding Cricut images that are similar.

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    Katherine says

    This looks great! I have a lot of ideas for stencils but am struggling to find the right material at a reasonable price. The vinyl worked so well, though; where did you find it * how much was it?


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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I have heard of that. At the time, I had no idea about little secrets like that;) I’m going to have to give it a try someday.

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    Olivia Arnold says

    Hi, I have downloaded the files but I cannot figure out to how to download them or save them a different way so that I can use them on the Cricut. Do you have instructions for this?

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Which Cricut do you have? If you have the Explore, you should be able to use the SVG files. You just import them to your design space I think.

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      To help prevent the paint bleeding under, make sure you don’t have too much paint on your brush, sponge, etc. Then dot it on the towel rather than using a brush motion. I hope that helps!

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    Elisa says

    I followed your directions explicitly, including the same paint, but my paint bled underneath:((. Any ideas what I could’ve done wrong? Thanks so much!!

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      It’s possible there was too much paint on your brush or the vinyl was not completely flat on the towel. Without being there to see it, it is hard for me to come to an exact conclusion.

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    Nina says

    I was thinking of doing this.. but originally thought this was an iron on.. I bought the iron on circuit material to do it but now I’m second guessing myself and thinking about doing the paint. Do you think it might be easier to do the iron on?

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    I’d love to try and make these even though I don’t own one of those fancy stencil machines. I was just wondering how the paint holds up after many uses and washes?? Thanks. :)

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      The paint does fade over time. Mine have been washed countless times and there’s definitely some fading, but they still look cute:)

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    Destiny Ahrens says

    Can you please send me the downloadable file to make the stencil for these? I want to make them for my dad for christmas

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    Meaghan says

    Love these! Would love to make a set for my mom and mother in law for Christmas would for you to send me the files!

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    Angie W. says

    I just got a Cricut Explore and would love to have this file to make a Christmas gift for my mom this year. Would you send them to me, please? :-)

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Hi Angie,

      Due to the overwhelming requests, I’ve decided to update the post with the files. Please just remember that these are for personal use only. Thank you so much for your support!

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    Erica matto says

    Hi Katie!!

    I hope you are doing well.

    I just want to say that I absolutely adore these towels! Is there any chance you still are sending the templates privately? I’d love to make these for my step-mom for Christmas.

    Thanks and keep the DIYs coming :)

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Hi Erica,

      After the overwhelming response, I decided to update the post to include the files again. Please just remember that these are for personal use only. Thank you for your support!

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    Kelly says

    I would appreciate it if you could send the stencils to me. These are adorable and I would like to try and make them for myself

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Hi Kelly,

      I have gone ahead and updated my post to contain the SVG files. After the overwhelming response, I decided to upload them again. Please note that these are for personal use only. Thank you!

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Hi Marie,

      I have updated my post to once again include the SVG files. I just ask that people remember that these are for personal use only and not for resale. Thank you!

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    Mackenzie says

    Does this paint stay on when you wash them or do you have to use a specific adhesive to keep the paint intact while you wash?

    Love this design!

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I used a multi-surface paint and it did fade a little after a few washes, but the designs still look great.

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      Addicted 2 DIY says

      At the time, I had never used HTV and had not even thought of using it for the towels. That is now how I make them:)

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    Addicted 2 DIY says

    Which Cricut do you have? Did you get the new Explore? If so, you can just download the SVG files and use them:)

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    Rhonda says

    Would you happen to have a CCR file for these? I only have an Expression and cannot use the SVG files. =( SO sad, bought everything to do this project and cant without the CCR file. Hard to recreate your fab work too


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