The Great Craft Swap with Wayfair

The Great Craft Swap with Wayfair

The Great Craft Swap with Wayfair - A Detailed Palette

This post was sponsored by Wayfair, and I am really excited to share this project with you guys. In honor to celebrate National Swap Day, which was September 9th, Wayfair decided to host a Great Craft Swap for the Wayfair Homemaker Bloggers. I was so happy to be one of the bloggers selected to participate. 

Wayfair challenged us to create a unique craft from any one of their four pre-selected products; I choose to work with these plain, white bar towels.

Whatever craft you made would then be sent to another participating blogger. It was basically a craft version of Secret Santa because while you were busy making your craft for someone, another blogger was busy working on the craft that would be sent to you.

I had so much fun making the bar towels a little bit more exciting. Want to see what I did? Here's a quick tutorial.

DIY Painted Cheerful Bar Towels

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Since these were bar towels, I thought they could use a touch of fun. I decided to add the words cheers, clink, prost (which means cheers in German), and salud (which means cheers in Spanish). 

Step 1: Measure the width of the towels in order to get a good idea of where to place the stickers for your word. This can be really helpful if you hope to keep them somewhat centered.

Wayfair Great Craft Swap - DIY Painted Bar Towels - A Detailed Palette

Step 2: Place your stickers on the towels, using the ruler to guide you. I wanted the word to be relatively centered (although on the lower half of the towel), but you can place it anywhere you choose. I found that it was helpful to start with the middle letter of the word being placed in the center and then building the rest of the word out from there, as opposed to starting with the first letter.

Wayfair Great Craft Swap - DIY Painted Bar Towels - A Detailed Palette

Step 3: Once the full word is completed and positioned to your liking,  use a sponge brush and acrylic paint to paint a nice cloud of color around the word, as you can see below. You can use any color of paint you'd like.

Wayfair Great Craft Swap - DIY Painted Bar Towels - A Detailed Palette

Step 4: Allow the paint to fully dry. Consult whatever paint you are using for dry time specifications. I let these sit overnight.

Step 5: Remove the stickers to reveal your word!

Wayfair Great Craft Swap - DIY Painted Bar Towels - A Detailed Palette

Step 6: In order to ensure that your paint won't wash off if you ever need to wash your bar towels, set the paint using high heat. There are a few ways to do this, but I chose to set the paint with an iron. Simply turn your towel to the side with no paint. Then iron (high setting without steam) over the painted area for 4-5 minutes. Be sure to be continuosly moving your iron over the painted spot so that you won't burn your towel.

Wayfair Great Craft Swap - DIY Painted Bar Towels - A Detailed Palette

Then you're done! 

Wayfair Great Craft Swap - DIY Painted Bar Towels - A Detailed Palette

I sent these towels to Michelle... and it turns out that Michelle was also making a craft for me! 

I received this tablecloth wreath from Michelle at Dandelion Patina.

Wayfair Great Craft Swap -  A Detailed Palette
Tablecolth Wreath by Dandelion Patina - A Derailed Palette

Yes, you read correctly. She made that out of a tablecloth!!!  She used a few other materials too, but I think it's just so creative and cute. Plus, it's a perfect piece of fall decor. Do you like it on the accent table or on the door? Which do you think is better?

Wayfair Great Craft Swap -  A Detailed Palette

Thank you so much, Michelle! I really love it! :) And thanks to Wayfair for such a fun challenge!
-xo, Rachel

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