Handprint Dishtowels

There is just something about handprints that I love.  They capture a moment in time that is so precious, and I treasure them as tangible pieces of their childhood.  What’s even better is when you have a reason to look at those adorable handprints all of the time? I created the cutest Handprint Dishtowels that are perfect for proudly displaying in your kitchen, and they’re also perfect for Mother’s Day, which is right around the corner!

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 I made a set of six dishtowels–one for each of my kids.  I just keep staring at those cute little fingers, I love them so much. I can’t wait to use them in my new kitchen!

This is a very quick project, and you can change the colors and text to personalize it for yourself or if it’s for a gift.  Minus the drying time, I put them together in about 15 minutes!

I used flour sack dishtowels because they’re my favorite–it’s pretty much all I use–and also because they provide a really great blank canvas for any colors you might want to put with them.  They wash and dry well, and the paint absorbs easily.

Here’s how to make your own handprint dishtowels…

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-flour sack dishtowels

-fabric paint

-heat transfer lettering (I used my Silhouette), or a Sharpie (made for fabric)

ribbon (for packaging)

-large board or piece of cardboard

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When working with little kids, I suggest getting everything prepped and ready to go before you start, especially a hand washing station nearby.  It works best with another adult, so you can hand them off to have their hands washed as soon as their handprint is on. It is manageable for one person if you need to, and I’ve done it before, but being prepared really helps.  I washed my dishtowels ahead of time, so they were prepped and ready to go.  You can also just throw them in the dryer with a wet towel, and that will take out all the wrinkles.

Lay out a large piece of cardboard or a board, then spread out your dishtowels on top of it.  This will soak up any paint that goes through.  Cover your child’s hand with fabric paint, then place it carefully on the dishtowel, straight down.  Press each finger and palm onto the towel, to make sure it makes a good imprint.  Lift their hand straight up.  Repeat for each dishtowel you’re making.

While the paint is drying, cut out your heat transfer and get it ready to go.  Once the paint is totally dry, you can carefully iron on the text, making sure to not out the iron on the paint.  If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can always use a Sharpie that’s made for fabric, and either write their names on or use a stencil. Y

You could even have your child write their name, which would be SO cute!

Follow the craft paint directions for curing, washing, and drying–they can differ from brand to brand.

I folded and stacked my dishtowels together, then tied a cute ribbon around them.  LOVE!!

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  1. Love this!!! Have you ever used a cricut? Does that have the capability of doing the heat transfer, do you know? I have no idea how that works….

    1. I use my Cricut all the time to cut heat transfer vinyl and it works perfectly! I set my blade depth to 2 and pressure to low so it only cuts through the vinyl layer and not the backing.

    2. Hi, Ashley! I didn’t know this because I don’t use a Cricut, but another reader comments and said this:

      “I use my Cricut all the time to cut heat transfer vinyl and it works perfectly! I set my blade depth to 2 and pressure to low so it only cuts through the vinyl layer and not the backing.”

      Hope that helps!! xoxo

  2. What an adorable idea! I featured this on my own blog highlighting sentimental Mother’s Day gifts for grandmothers.


  3. This is such a cute idea! We have 10 children in our church and I’m always on the lookout for simple personalized crafts for us to do. This will be an adorable gift for anyone to give or get. Thanks so much for making this available to us. Keep ’em coming!!!

    1. YAY! I’m so glad you found something you love! These handprint dishtowels are my FAVORITE! xoxo

    1. The biggest difference between normal fabric paint and acrylic paint is that acrylic paint is much thicker, which can cause flaking of the paint. In order to make a fabric paint out of a basic acrylic paint you’d need to thin it using an acrylic medium for best results.

    1. Thank you so much! The font is Icalled My Own Topher. https://dailyfont.com/my-own-topher

  4. I love this idea! So cute for Mother’s Day :) Do you know how the handprint paint would hold up in the wash?

    1. Hello! If you use fabric paint, and follow the instructions on the bottle for washing, it should hold up pretty well.

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