Easy Diy Project – Vegetable Printing
I tried a new printing method. It’s an easy DIY project and includes fabric ink and fresh vegetables!
This is such a fun and new style of printing. Instead of using a paint roller and acrylic paint, I used ink and fresh vegetables! This is a great easy DIY project.
These towels look amazing and I can’t believe how great the printed vegetables look.
To get started, I opened up my refrigerator and found some onions, artichokes, celery, and radishes. I had some flour sacks on hand and some ink so that is all I used.
I had a lot of color options so I decided on a color palette of pink and orange. My two favorite colors! I originally planned on using green but somehow I forgot to order green ink. I had some fun with the colors and I love how they turned out.
The colors in these towels are wonderful.
Easy DIY Project with Ink
Why did I use ink for this project?
I used Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Ink. It sets with heat, so all you have to do is iron it. But it goes on so easily and lasts for a long time!
I am so happy with how easy the ink applied to the fabric.
Don’t these artichokes look amazing?
What You Need to Make This Craft
What You Need to Make These Towels
Dish towels (cotton preferred)
Speedball Screen Printing Ink
Here is the Speedball ink. I linked it below.
My Dish Towel Printed DIY Easy Projects is very fun to make.
I started by cutting the vegetables. I played with the cut shapes and kind of visualized what I thought the end result would look like.
Next, I spent a bit of time mixing the ink colors. I loved the orange Speedball ink but I wanted to lighten it up. I could have just added white, but that would have just lightened it and been a very cool and kind of chalky orange.
Since I like warmer colors I added yellow and white. This ended up with a very pretty orange and the perfect color I was looking for.
I added a tiny bit of white to the pink and I love the colors I used for these towels.
Ink printing works best with a somewhat thin layer of ink. I used a paintbrush and just painted the ink directly onto the cut fruit.
I then placed the vegetable down flat and pushed on the vegetable to make sure the ink had transferred to the towel.
Let the towels dry thoroughly. Place a thin cloth on top of the towel and iron to secure the ink. This is all you need to do to prevent fading.
I made lots of different designs and loved printing with vegetables. Look how much this celery looks like a rose.
See how easily the celery printed on the dish towels?
I made four towels in less than an hour!
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These are soooo nice!
I’d like to do it on a tablecloath. Can I ‘steel’ your idea?
Oh my gosh, great idea! Yes, please make one and let me know how it turns out! If you share it on Instagram, tag me!
So So cute….you make the cutest things….🧡
These vegetable printed towels are beautiful. How do you secure the paint for washing the dish cloth so they are practical and can be used at home?
Love this idea, looks amazing. Need to get the paint. I see Christmas gifts for this year.
Such a great idea Corene!
LOVE LOVE LOVE these! So clever!
So cute – your crafts are wonderful and user-friendly 🙂 Happy April!!
So pretty! How do you launder them?
I love seeing creative and easy ideas! These are beautiful. Also, enjoyed the Mastermind class with you a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for joining us.
Where is your paint from? Was it ok in shipment? On Amazon lot’s of complaints on spilling on delivery. I LOVE this idea! Also what is the difference in the ink paint vs the acrilyc ones you had done? Just curious. Thanks
Hi Janice, thank you for reaching out. I order a lot of products from Amazon and have not had any issues with spillage. I used ink because I had heard that it worked well on fabric. I was really impressed with how it worked with the vegetables and the fabric. I will definitely use it again for fabric crafts!
Trying to keep up with you and your wonderful ideas, this goes on my list! Question … when you used the roller for similar project you used different paint? Is the speed ball the desired since it will come in contact with food? Thank you for all you share
I used ink because I heard it would work well on fabric. I was very impressed with the integrity of the stamp of each vegetable when I used the ink. It is definitely a keeper for future fabric crafts!
I love these and I think I will try and make some for my daughter-in-laws! I was wondering which flour sack cloths you used? The link has two types…one that has 12 towels and one link that has 13 towels. Thank you for sharing all your fabulous ideas!
Hi Linda, here is the link to the ones I used https://amzn.to/3fOB6lo. I always try to give people options 🙂 I am sure that your daughter-in-laws will love the gifts you make for them!
Love these towels!
Thank you!❤️ Stuck on basically bedrest from a foot surgery, in a week I can graduate to sitting at my dining room table (ha-foot up!, tho). Ordered everything!
Oh no! I wish you a speedy recovery. Hopefully this helps you pass the time!
Love this. How many times can you stamp the towel after you paint the vegetable? Is clean up easy … with soap and water? Have you tried this with oranges or lemons?
You kind of have to play around with it, a thin layer of paint looks better when you press it onto the towel. Also, I have not tried oranges and lemons but that might work! You definitely just want something with texture. Clean up isn’t too bad!
Love love love this idea!