It’s been a hard last week, I’m not going to lie. And when things are looking down rather than up, sometimes I find it difficult to continue doing those things that make me happy. Because how can I? And then I realized – – – that’s when it’s most important to do things you enjoy. So I did something small this week. I made this cute stamped constellation kitchen towel. And just the process of creating really picked up my mood. The stars on the towel reminded me to look up (pun intended).
I picked two constellations – Scorpio & Virgo – because those are the constellations that relate to my husband Robert and I’s zodiacs. And while I don’t think we are star-crossed – at least I hope not! – it was a cute way to represent ourselves in an artsy, pattern format. So the towel represents more than just a few dots and lines. 🙂 Pick two or more constellations that represent something to you, and you can make your own customized version of this DIY!
You just need a few things to get started:
- A foam board
- Wooden squares (Here’s what I used)
- 1/4″ Hole Puncher
- Your choice of fabric paint & a paint brush
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
- Blank kitchen towel
- Exacto Knife
Here’s what you do:
First, decide on the constellation or pattern you want to create. Take your hole puncher and punch out the number of “stars” in the constellation, like so.
Then, you’ll use the exacto knife to cut a long, thin sliver of the foam board. This will end up being the lines that you use to connect your stars.
Take a wooden square and lay out the hole-punched circles in the places that you will eventually end up gluing them. This will help give you a guide for how long each line will need to be.
When you’ve got your dots in the right place, take the long piece of foam board that you already cut and make shorter according to how you will be connecting them. You’re essentially “connecting the dots” here with the foam board.
Then get gluing away! I would make at least two constellations so that when you start stamping the towel, there’s a little bit of visual interest going on.
Your stamps don’t have to be perfect; just make sure that you’re placing the foam strips on their sides so that they are as tall as the dots. 🙂
Take your paint and brush and start applying to the first stamp. Press it on the towel, and walla! Start making your pattern, alternating the stamps as you see fit.
When you’re done, just let it dry! And since you’ve used fabric paint, it should be washing machine-safe!
What constellations are you going to try?
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