Summer is on the way and so is the end of another school year for the kiddies. I am always on the look out for teacher gift ideas that I can make. I have been thinking of making this craft for a while, since I saw watermelon wrapping paper posted on Pinterest. I typically don’t make cards or packaging, because it seems like a waste especially because wrapping paper ends up in the recycling bin so quickly. But I loved the idea of the watermelon potato print, and figured that I could adopt if for a tea towel print, which I can give to Sasha’s teacher for a year-end present. It is also a super easy craft that school age kids can help with.
Here are the instructions:
Step 1. Wash the tea towels (or not, I am lazy and didn’t but it is a good idea)
Step 2. Iron the tea towels (even if you didn’t wash them)
Step 3. Cover the surface that you are working on so that the paint doesn’t ruin your table.
Step 4. Cut a potato into 4 pieces, length wise is best. The goal is a watermelon looking shape.
Step 5. Mix Acrylic Craft paint with Textile Medium. Textile medium is a product that when mixed with acrylic craft paint help the paint from fading when washed. Some fading will happen, but I have bleached T-shirts and other tea towels that have been printed with the paint textile medium mix without an issue. Follow the instructions on the textile medium when mixing.
Step 6. Using a paint brush paint the potato section in the colour of your choice. I used a red and a pink on some of the towels for a little variety.
Step 7. With a little pressure stamp the painted potato on the tea towel, and repeat Step 6 & 7 until the desired pattern is reached.
Step 8. Using a green paint mixed with textile medium and a brush, paint a rind on every watermelon.
Step 9. Using black paint, dab on the seeds using a brush.
Step 10. Let dry.
Step 11. Iron once dry to set the paint.
Keep crafting, creating and giving.