If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen and have a creative flair, why not make an apron that’s fun to wear while you’re cooking your favorite recipes? It’s easy to do using fabric paint and rubber stamps. Last year for Christmas, Big created a one of a kind apron for me and I just love it.
Here’s how to decorate an apron quickly and easily:
1 – Gather your supplies
You’ll need a plain white or cream colored apron to serve as the canvas for your art. Once you have your blank apron, it’s time to visit your local craft store to pick up fabric paint or select images to stamp on your apron. Head to the rubber stamp section and you’ll be amazed by the number of stamps available to you. You can stamp any images you’d like on your apron to give it that customized touch. One fun idea is to use images of food. If you look carefully through the rubber stamp offerings, you’ll probably find rubber stamps depicting fruit, fish, veggies, and any number of other fun motifs appropriate for an apron. Make sure the rubber stamps you choose are large enough to be seen. Go for big and bold. Once you have your stamps, pick up some fabric paint in basic black as well as colors appropriate for painting your images once they’re stamped.
a) Rubber stamps of your choice (big, bold ones work best)
b) A white or cream colored apron
c) Fabric paints to fill in your stamped images
d) A paint brush and/or foam brush
e) Foam board
A white or cream colored apron
Big Accessories – Apron APR54 24″ without Pockets White One Size – $4.40, See Site shipping – Available at The Deal Rack
Scribbles – Scribbles 20-Pack Dimensional Fabric Paint – $21.99, 7.72 shipping – Available at Amazon.com
A Foam Brush Applicator
Dyco Paints – Dyco Paints JEN2PB 2″ Foam Brush Applicator – $7.36, 6.79 shipping – Available at Amazon.com
Rubber Stamp Set- Way With Words
Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp Set-way With Words – $10.99, 5.43 shipping – Available at Target.com
2 – Paint or stamp your apron
Lay the apron down on a flat surface suitable for stamping or painting. Make sure the surface is well protected from the effects of the paint. A foam board works well. If you are painting your apron, use a pencil to trace out your pattern and then begin getting creative. If you are stamping, use a slightly damp foam brush to apply black paint directly to your rubber stamps. Carefully stamp your images on the apron by pressing firmly into the fabric and quickly removing to avoid smearing or splattering. Reapply the black fabric paint before stamping each new image. Once the images are stamped, allow them to dry for two hours before proceeding.
Once the rubber stamped images are dry, use a damp foam brush to apply the colors of your choice to the interior of the images. This will make your stamped apron come to life with color.
3 – Painting our apron or your stamped images
If you are painting your own creation, just make sure to allow the paint to dry thoroughly before wearing. Admire your new one-of-a-kind apron!
A hand made apron makes a wonderful gift for an enthusiastic home cook. You can even personalize the apron by painting their name on the apron. You can create dozens of unique aprons just by varying the rubber stamps or painting the art of your choice. Give this project a try. It’ll bring out the hidden artist in you.
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