Metallic Confetti DIY Christmas Tea Towel – How To-sday

November 19, 2012 separator DIY Tutorial


Holiday decor doesn’t always need to be the in-your-face style you see at the mall. Sometimes subtly can make the biggest impact, like with this understated confetti tea towel. I got to try out Tulip Shimmer Sheets for this project, and I thought they were the perfect pop of festive against a bright white background. This would be really sweet wrapped around a box of cookies tied up with a big ribbon!

Metallic Confetti DIY Christmas Tea Towel

What You Need:


1.   Use a circle punch to cut out circles from red glitter, silver glitter, gold foil, and silver foil shimmer sheets. I used a one inch punch. Cut out all your circles ahead of time, and keep them separated by color.



2.   Iron a towel so that it has no creases or wrinkles. Lay it out on an ironing board so that the center of the towel is positioned over the center of the ironing board. Begin placing dots in a random design at even-ish intervals all over the part of the towel on the ironing board.



3.   Carefully lay another towel over the top of the first towel and dots. Using an iron on the proper setting for the fabric, press over each dot for 40 seconds, moving the iron continually so that you don’t scorch the fabric.



4.   Peel the towel up to check the dots, making sure they’ve adhered. Once they’re all firmly stuck, slide a blank portion of the towel onto the ironing board, and repeat the pattern.

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* Disclosure – this post was sponsored by Tulip. I was provided with Shimmer Sheets and compensation, but opinions of the product and all ideas for the project are exclusively my own. See my disclosure statement for more information.


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  2. This is so beautiful! What a great way to brighten up a kitchen for the holidays or a wonderful hostess gift.

  3. Hi Lindsay
    I absolutely adore your holiday polka-dot shimmer towel! I love the colors, simple yet cute pattern you created. I am now following you, and I look forward to starting my project using these fantastic Tulip products.


    1. Thanks so much, Doreen. You’re too sweet, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  4. Really love the way the towels worked out, but I’m wondering how they hold up when being laundered? I’d like to make a set, but would hate to have it all wash away (especially if given as a gift!).

    1. Cynthia, I haven’t washed the towels yet, but I asked around, and one crafter said the shirt she made her little boy over a year ago is still in excellent shape after lots of washing!

  5. I love this idea! I was just thinking I wanted to do some holiday towels after finishing up Chuy’s sweater! These are so easy and fun to work with!


  6. What a super easy project!! I love how they turned out!! I’m a new follower, by the way!! =)

  7. This is so cute!! I wanted to buy a Christmas tea towel, but all the ones I’ve seen are so gaudy, these are precious, I’m definitely making them! Thanks!

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