Printing with a Bottle

We tried printing flowers on tea towels with 0,5l bottles because I saw an article I can’t find any more circulate on Facebook with a number of cool things to do with a bottle. The idea seemed so simple: you make the petals with the bottom of the bottle and print the centre with the lid.

Our kids did well but I think the outcome is a bit rigid (on example on the left)… Maybe the bottles have a slightly different shape? But our kids developed the idea of making patterns with dots, and wanted to press them with a brush too (on the right). Those more creative tea towels turned out pretty cheerful in my opinion. But printing on canvas with various things and shapes seems to be a fun thing for 3-4 yo children and their mum: Here we’ve used apples and here we printed with a screen. And now I have more tea towels to upcycle




  1. They are pretty! Just to ask to achieve this, I will press the bottle top with paint on the tea towel and then fill in with paint? Looks lovely and easy for young children. I think your children has very creative and artistic childhood memories πŸ™‚

    1. I didn’t need to fill in anymore, we just dipped first the bottom of the bottle in paint, pressed on the tea towel and then dipped the lid in paint and printed the centre with that.

      I hope they will be found of the memories of us doing things together. I certainly will, and am sure not to regret the time I invest in that!

      1. Oh, you know I have been imagining an open top ring printing without lid!

        1. Of course! I should have specified!

  2. Great idea! I don’t have any white tea towels but and now tempted to buy some. πŸ™‚

    1. Could also work on pillow cases? It was fun though!

  3. I’ve seen those ideas floating around – and really, I like how the kids didn’t turn out perfect – because what great memories you’ll have of it in a few years! πŸ™‚

    1. Agreed! I quite like it when the work done by kids looks like work done by kids. What I meant was that the bottle made flowers didn’t really show that much of their creativity, and to do more with the bottle, you need to be a bit more skilled in e.g. twisting the bottle. But just using circles and colours was great, shows more of their talent!

    1. Agreed! My (temporary) German flat has about a billion tea towels – maybe I should jazz things up a bit. I’m sure the owner would appreciate it πŸ˜‰

      1. Ha! No doubt the sensible Germans would appreciate the frou-frou! πŸ™‚

        1. I just know they would πŸ˜‰

      2. …The owner would love you to make the place much more valuable, just remember to charge him for the work you do πŸ˜‰

        1. I’ll have to if I can’t find any other work. Maybe I can just go around breaking into places and jazzing them up, then hitting people with hefty bills πŸ™‚

          1. Great strategy to make new friends πŸ˜€

            1. Or enemies. Potato-pot-ah-to πŸ˜‰

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