Back in my T.O. loot roundup I mentioned that I’d picked up a pile of dishtowels for $0.29 a piece, and while they were perfectly functional as they were I knew they’d be even better after a little DIY magic. While musing on a theme to decorate them, I was inspired by the block-y red stripes on the perimeter to try something with an old-school style so I decided to go classic arcade with a DIY Pac-Man craft. And since I’m not the most talented painter, I figured stamping would be the safest way to go.
I was inspired by Pinterest (as I am so many things) to use wine corks as my stamping medium since cork is pretty easy to work with and we happen to have a bunch of them on hand (don’t judge).
Clean White Dishtowels
The first step was to trace my shapes onto the cork. I used a Sharpie for this, but I’m sure any type of dark ink marker would work well. I used a slightly larger cork for the Pac-Man shape and I lucked out because it happened to have a star printed in the middle which made cutting the mouth angle a breeze. The next was the Ghostie, which took a little more finesse, but I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.
Next, cut out the traced shapes using an exacto knife or a razor blade. The easiest way to do this is to trace the outline you made on the cork with the exacto knife, making sure to go about 1/4 inch deep into the cork. Then, cut into the side of the cork about a 1/4 inch down. The outline of your shape should just fall away!
I’d made sure to wash my dishtowels as soon as I unpacked them so that they were all ready for whatever craft I unleashed upon them. Place a paper towel under the part of the towel you want to stamp. The next step was to prepare the fabric paint.
Pour a small amount of paint into a small dish (yogurt tub lids work well for this). Dip your stamp into the paint and use a paintbrush to smooth it over the surface of the stamp. You’re going to want a fairly thick coating so don’t be shy.
Stamp the fabric using even pressure so that the full image appears. Continue stamping until you are satisfied with the pattern you have created.
Allow the paint to dry for 2 – 4 hours. Then, using another dish towel to cover it, set paint with a hot iron.
That’s it! What do you think?