DIY Personalized Kitchen Towels with Martha Stewart + Cricut

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Williamsburg, Virginia

Totally chic with a side of geeky love, we are paying homage to Star Wars as well as thoughtful handmade gift ideas that will bring smiles to your newlywed friends. Once the I Dos are exchanged, celebrate the romance of nesting in their home together as married lovebirds with some personalized goodies created just for them.

In partnership with Cricut and Martha Stewart, we have dreamed up a kitchen gift of love by personalizing flour sack towels all with the Cricut Explore Air 2 Martha Stewart Edition and foil iron-on prettiness only available at Michaels Stores.

Don't know anyone who's getting married at the moment? These also make great Christmas or holiday gifts for anyone who appreciates gorgeous and subtly nerdy home style!

How to make chic kitchen towels for a newlywed gift with Cricut

How to Make Yoda-Inspired Kitchen Towel Gifts for the Newlyweds


Difficulty Level: Easy
Color Inspiration: White, gold, and green


PROJECT MATERIALS
• Computer/Laptop/Mobile Phone
Cricut Explore Air 2 Martha Stewart Edition only available at Michaels Stores
Cricut 12"x12" StandardGrip Cutting Mat
• Cricut EasyPress 2 and EasyPress Mat Martha Stewart Edition only available at Michaels Stores
• Cricut Martha Stewart gold foil iron-on from Midnight Coral Mixed Materials bundle
White cotton flour sack kitchen towels
• Downloadable text graphics for towels:
You Wash graphic
Dry I Will graphic
Cricut 12"x"12" EasyPress Mat (if you already have a non-Martha EasyPress)

Materials for making beautiful kitchen hand towels for a wedding gift

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Set out all of your materials and prep your computer, laptop, or mobile phone to connect with your Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. Be sure to pre-wash, dry, and iron your kitchen towels before crafting.

2. Fold each kitchen towel -- long-ways in quarters -- as if it would hang on an oven's handle. Measure the width of how wide you want your text to be. Ours is 4 1/2" wide.

How to personalize cotton kitchen towel gifts for the newlyweds

3. Go to Cricut Design Space, open a New Project, upload the text image files ("You Wash" and "Dry I Will"), and then add to your canvas.

4. Using your StandardGrip Cutting Mat, place one sheet of your gold foil iron-on *shiny gold side down* on the mat and smooth so there are no bubbles. Be sure to click "Mirror On" before continuing as your words need to be "flipped" to iron-on properly. Then on your Explore Air 2 machine, turn the material dial to "Iron-On."

How to customize cotton kitchen hand towels with Cricut Design Space

5. In Cricut Design Space, click the green "Make It" button and watch your cut come to life!

6. Once your words are cut, carefully weed and peel the "extra" bits so only your gold foil word remains on the plastic iron-on film.

Beautiful easy DIY to make a kitchen inspired wedding gift for newlyweds using Cricut Explore Air 2 and Martha Stewart

FUN FACT: Considering the Cricut Explore Air 2 Martha Stewart Edition for your wedding DIYs? This special bundle includes a bunch of awesome things for your special day specifically. Not only will you get the usual free trial membership to Cricut, but you'll also receive 25 Free Ready to Make Martha Stewart Wedding Projects along with the lovely Martha Stewart Basic Tool Set as mentioned above. These projects range from wedding shoe decals to reception signage to ceremony decor in the iconic Martha style you love. We're kinda obsessed!


How to personalize DIY cotton kitchen towel gifts for the newlyweds with gold iron on foil and Cricut

7. Using the special Martha Stewart edition EasyPress or an iron, follow the below heat settings for your situation.

HEAT SETTINGS FOR 100% COTTON TOWELS
• When using an EasyPress AND EasyPress mat, you will want to set your machine to 295°F for 30 seconds.
• When using an EasyPress with a towel, you will want to set your machine to 315°F for 30 seconds.

Both will require light pressure and a COLD peel. This means you need to wait until the plastic iron-on film is cool to the touch before peeling off of your towels.

If you have any other scenarios with an EasyPress or regular household iron, please refer to the official Cricut EasyPress Heat Guide or its Foil Iron-On Instructions for the exact temperatures and duration.

How to personalize cotton kitchen towel gifts for the newlyweds with Cricut EasyPress and Cricut Explore Air 2

8. Preheat towel for 5 seconds and then place the text film -- sticky side down -- to be ironed on. Heat accordingly and allow to cool before peeling the film off.

9. And now you have some super chic kitchen towels to give to your newlywed friends! Adore them, they will!

Gold iron on foil for cotton kitchen towels with Cricut Explore Air 2 machine and EasyPress
Martha Stewart and Cricut wedding mixed materials bundle perfect for DIY wedding gifts
Yoda Star Wars inspired You Wash and Dry I Will DIY wedding gift for cotton kitchen towels

Curate a Kitchen-Inspired Wedding Gift Basket


If you're looking to create a full handmade gift experience, consider pairing your DIY kitchen towels with other thoughtful kitchen goodies. You can create a dinner date night-in theme basket or sweet baking-inspired box. Personalize to what your newlywed loved ones would prefer!

Some of our favorite gift basket treats to include for the kitchen:
Metal whisk
Wooden spoons
• Favorite cake mixes
Oven mitt
• Small potted herbs
Measuring spoons
• Cooking spices
Cutting/chopping board
Kitchen dish soap
Eco-friendly kitchen sponges

To help everything look professionally cohesive, go with a color theme and purchase/make items within that specific theme. Place your gifting items into a chic basket or even a giant pot/large mixing bowl if you're going with a specific cooking/baking theme. Finish your basket with ribbon and a greeting card, and you've got yourself a lovely thoughtful gift to celebrate your friends.

Beautiful easy DIY to make a kitchen inspired wedding gift for newlyweds using Cricut Explore Air 2 and Martha Stewart
Beautiful easy DIY to make a kitchen inspired wedding gift for newlyweds using Cricut Explore Air 2 and Martha Stewart
Yoda Star Wars inspired You Wash and Dry I Will DIY wedding gift for cotton kitchen towels
Yoda Star Wars inspired You Wash and Dry I Will DIY wedding gift for cotton kitchen towels

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TUTORIAL CREDITS
Photography, Tutorial, & Styling: Chelsea LaVere | Project Materials & Cutting Machine: Cricut and Martha Stewart


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Many thanks to Cricut and Martha Stewart for partnering with Tidewater and Tulle for this DIY tutorial feature! And while the disclaimer is that we were compensated to write and design this, the words and our loyal love for the Cricut brand are all our own. Some of the above product links are affiliate-linked and purchasing through these links helps support our wonderful sponsors and Tidewater and Tulle! You can find our full affiliate disclosure policy here on Tidewater and Tulle.

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