A Fun & Easy Buffalo Check Tea Towel Stenciled Sign

April 14, 2019
I purchased this buffalo check tea towel at Hobby Lobby (Spring Shop #5895214) earlier this spring.  It's 16" x 26".

I ironed the wrinkles out of it before I began my project.  

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I purchased this paper package of 14 stencils from Joann Fabrics.  I chose the "Home Sweet Home" stencil for this project.  

I centered the stencil on my tea towel and taped it down with blue painter's tape.

I stenciled the lettering with Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black.

I closed the bridges on the stencils by putting small pieces of blue tape around the openings and stenciling the area with a fine stencil brush.

I cut the tea towel off on each end.

I had a newer wooden yardstick from Menard's that I cut in half at 18", and stained with Varathane Premium Wood Stain in Dark Walnut

I stapled one of the 18" yardstick sections to the top and bottom.  

The staples were 1/4" shank length and unfortunately they came through the thin yardstick.  My husband snipped off the ends of the staples, and luckily they still worked without jamming the staple gun.  I would advise using a thicker yardstick, shorter staples, maybe thumb tacks or try to snip the staples down.

I also added Aleene's Original Tacky Glue between the yardstick and fabric.  Maybe the glue alone would work too.

Holes were drilled in the ends of the top yardstick to add a jute twine hanger.

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A Fun & Easy Buffalo Check Tea Towel Stenciled Sign #yardstick #buffalocheck #teatowel #stencil #sign #homesweethome #farmhouse #farmhousestyle #hobbylobby
Farmhouse style!

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AND buffalo checked!

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Here is a similar project I upcycled from a thrift shop cloth sign.  Details HERE.
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Carlene, I like your buffalo check wall hanging a lot - especially incorporating the wood ruler. I believe fabric glue (or wood glue) would hold the tea towel in place, or even hot glue. Sometimes I glue felt over top of other things I glue - like over a jute hanger for a pic or decor piece, or I've hot-glued a fabric flag onto itself, then hot-glued a piece of felt over that. It holds well. I would like that same buffalo check towel done with the stencil in fabric paint and used as a decorative towel to hang on my oven door.


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