Friday, March 21, 2014

How to Make Stenciled Bee Towels

This project is brought to you by Stencil1 from Plaid Crafts.
Ok, so clearly we have a thing for bees in Casa Green Living. Not only are bees the unofficial mascots of the sustainability and green movement but my kid loves them, too, and even had a bee party for his third birthday. Not to mention our love for them in our garden and my dad and step mom who are bee farmers.....the list really goes on.

We're in the middle of re-doing our kitchen and dining room areas. Among other things, we are changing the color palate from red, cream and black to teal and white. We recently painted the dining room teal but still needed some more teal accents for the kitchen. When I spotted this pretty teal towel at Target, I though it would be perfect for the project but just needed a little something extra - and the bee stencil from Stencil.1 was perfect!


  • Kitchen Towel (for best results use a waffle weave or flour sack towel)
  • Bee Stencil from Stencil.1 (available at Jo-Ann's)
  • FolkArt Multi-surface paint in desired colors
  • Masking tape
  • Stencil adhesive spray (optional - but highly recommended)
  • Stencil brushes or pouncers


Step 1: Background
One of the really cool things about a lot of the Stencil.1 Stencils is that they come in coordinating stencil sets that can be layered. This stencil set has a honeycomb background, a bee body and then bee details.

I took the honeycomb stencil outside and sprayed it with stencil adhesive to make the back sticky. Then I came back inside, adhered my stencil, taping it down along the edges as well. 

I mixed a little of the FolkArt Multi-Surface paint with water to create a bit of a washed out look and applied it using a sponge pouncer using up-and-down motions. (Don't forget to work on top of a piece of scrap cardboard to avoid the watery paint bleeding through!)

Step 2: Bee
After the honeycomb has had a chance to dry a bit, I applied the first bee stencil. Working slowly with a small pouncer, I applied a mix of metallic gold and gold glitter paint to fill in the silhouette of the bee's body.

Once I peeled that stencil up and washed it, I carefully centered the detail stencil over the body and filled it in slowly and carefully with a dark grey color and a different pouncer.

Don't forget to wash your stencils when you're done! These are made from re-usable mylar so you'll want to clean them up so you can use them for another project!

Step 3: Dry
Set your towel aside to dry and in a couple hours, you'll have a cute kitchen accessory ready to go!

I always enjoy working with the FolkArt Multi-Surface paints. They are non-toxic and a great addition to your paint stash because you can use them on so many things! They work great on wood, metal, fabric, glass, and more. They are even washable and dishwasher safe. 

If you want to make your own bee towels, be sure to look for the new Stencil.1 line at Jo-Ann's!

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Plaid via The Blueprint Social. I was compensated for my time spent reviewing the Stencil.1 stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface paints by creating this project. This project as well as all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I only ever work with and endorse companies whose products I love. See my full review and endorsement policy here. 


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  2. I had no idea there was such a thing as stencil adhesive, great tip. And I love how your towels turned out!


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