Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Turn Kids Art Into DIY Tea Towels


Do you have piles of artwork that your kiddos have brought home from school, daycare or made at home?  Want another way to display their artwork other than hanging it on the fridge or framing it?  

Here's a fantastic way to display your kids art in a space we spend a lot of the time; the kitchen!  So turn your kid’s art into DIY tea towels: your kiddos will feel so special and proud to see their drawings on display. 

This would also be an excellent gift idea for grandparents, aunts, uncles and teachers!  Birthdays, Christmas or 'just because'! 

Fun Home Decor Idea and Kids Craft- Turn Kids Art into Tea Towels:

Turn Kid's art into tea towels! Fun DIY to do with the kids and great gift idea!

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Great way to repurpose a regular white tea towel!!
 
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Can you imagine your child's surprise and delight when they see this?  They will love that you gave their artwork a permanent place in the kitchen for everyone to see everyday!  My son was very flattered and thought it was very 'cool'!
 
Kids creations - DIY tea towel
Great gift idea! Make DIY tea towel from Kids Art!

 DIY Kids Art Tea Towel tutorial
 
First start with a picture your child has drawn:  This is the perfect kids art activity!

Below is the picture I used for this project; our youngest boy, R, drew this picture of our family when he was 9 years old.  This picture just makes me smile every time I look at it and now I can have it in my kitchen too!  Isn't he a terrific artist?  ( He's really been enjoying reading the comments on this post so say hello to R if you can!)

Turn Kids art activities into fun tea towels 

Look at all the love arrows we have going on here, and the cheery sun with sunglasses!  (apparently I have a verrry long torso and tiny short legs!!  Even that makes me smile!)

DIY kids art tea towel


Supplies:


- 1 white high quality natural fabric towel like this tea towel.

- 1 permanent marker

- Your children's artwork

 

Tutorial:

Wash and dry the towel.

Place drawing under towel and trace it.

That.Is.It!!!   You're done!

Easy right??

I have washed mine and the printing didn't disappear or 'bleed' at all.  The towels take on a lovely slight faded appearance as the towel fibers move slightly as they are washed.  I use Woolite detergent, since certain detergents containing powerful stain fighters that may cause the print to fade excessively.  I choose to wash mine in cold water but they can be washed in hot water.   

Kids Art Tea Towel DIY

**Hope you enjoyed this kids art project!  The little artists in your life will be so thrilled to see their artwork displayed like this!**
 
To see another version of this towel take a look at my DIY French Label Towel!

 DIY vintage french graphic tea towel craft
 
You can also see another version of this DIY Kid’s Art Towel: Thanksgiving DIY Kids Art Tea Towel.

Turn Children's Art Into Thanksgiving Tea Towels www.settingforfour.com

My little artist just made this DIY Bokeh Art too! Whitewashed multicoloured circles look like Bokeh Photography!

DIY Bokeh Art - Easy Kids Craft www.settingforfour.com 

See my DIY and Craft Project Gallery to see more step by step tutorials on fun DIY projects! 

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Written by Heather at Setting for Four

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119 comments:

  1. So cool! I love this idea. I have a laser printer, does it only work with an ink copy?

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  2. This is so adorable! I need to make one!

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  3. This is so cute Heather! Such an adorable idea! I never would have thought of it- but I can think of a million people who would love to receive it as a gift! Great job!
    How have you been? Did you have a good holiday weekend?
    xo Becca

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  4. How stinking adorable is this!?! What a wonderful way to showcase kids artwork.. I love it! Hope you will hop on over to my under 300 followers blog hop @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2012/05/under-300-followers-blog-hop-4.html
    I am your newest follower~
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  5. That is really really cute!

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  6. What a cute idea--could be great for a teacher gift!

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  7. ABSOLUTELY love this! What a great idea! I am your newest follower. : ) Have a great day,
    Hope @ http://hopefuloneblog.blogspot.com/

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  8. no, I am your newest follower! LOL Found you on Pinkapotomus. :)

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  9. Fabulous idea. The children would love their artwork shared like this.


    Kelly

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  10. Aww...how cute! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

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  11. This is such a neat idea! I'm a new follower from naptime delights. I have a new linky party on tuesdays. I hope you'll stop by ;)

    Sarah
    www.naptimedelights.blogspot.com

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  12. I love this idea! Out come the boxes of artwork!

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  13. Oh! These are darling. It's such a cute way to appreciate your kid's artwork. Thanks for sharing this.
    Greetings from Germany
    Catrin

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  14. What a terrific idea and so simple!! Definitely a great gift for the grandparents! Thanks so much!!

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  15. Very cute idea Heather! My in-laws would love this!
    Thanks for linking this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  16. So cute! I'll have to wait until my little one can work a pen - I can't imagine this works as well with fingerpaint creations :-) But when that day comes, someone's getting some tea towels!

    www.1dogwoof.com

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  17. So cute....I'm pinning! :)

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  18. Oh dear me! That is simply adorable! What a great way to display some kids art! I would really love for you to link this up at my party going on now! http://www.salttree.net/2012/06/open-call-tuesdays-7-giveaway.html#comment-form

    hope to see you there! and I'm absolutely pinning this!

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  19. Such a sweet, clever idea!! I've pinned it and now I'm sharing on FB!!

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  20. I can't wait to try this with my granddaughters artwork. I'm your newest follower. I hope you will follow me back. http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh my gosh! This is adorable. What a great way to keep your child's art work. I need to remember this for when I have kids. Great Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. This is just too cute! I'm featuring you today!! : )

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  23. I just found you on Cherished Bliss. Love this idea!

    Your newest follower. Kimberly @ mypinterestreality.com

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  24. I just saw you're featured at Tip Junkie's top 10 today! Congrats- this project is so unique- it deserves to be spotlighted! Great job, girl!
    xo Becca

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  25. So cute! How do you wash the towels? Thanks!

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  26. Thanks so much for sharing this at The Winthrop Chronicles, this will be featured at tomorrow's link party!

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  27. Precious and clever. What an amazing gift idea!

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  28. Wonderful idea!! It's so creative and unique!

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  29. I Loved this so much I tried it myself. IT WORKED. Thanks for sharing. You can see mine (with your link) at http://lifeawayfromtheofficechair.blogspot.com/

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  30. Awww what a cute idea and great way to keep and "display" the art work!!! Thanks for sharing! :o)

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  31. This is great and I will be doing it! But does the sharpie come out in the wash or is it permanent? What temperature do you wash them at?

    Thanks!

    Jessie
    www.imake2.blogspot.com

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  33. Just give the kids the towels to decorate ~ colored sharpies work great also.

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  34. Will the sharpie come off after washes?? Awesome idea!!

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    1. Thanks Trisha!! The permanent marker holds up when washed. I have washed mine many times and it still looks great! No bleeding at all.

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  35. PLEASE answer the questions about washing...

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  36. Hervin02, Trisha and Jessicakays: I responded to your questions however just realized that you are 'no reply bloggers' which means that when you email a blogger, unfortunately they can't email you back....due to this issue my replies to your questions did not get delivered to you. You can fix this by adjusting your Blogger profile settings. Hope that helps!

    I will post the answers to your questions here in the hopes that you can get the info: The sharpie is a permanent marker, so the graphic will be permanent...the graphic on my towels do not disappear or bleed out in the wash. I wash mine in cold water and hang to dry since they dry so quickly there is no need to dry them in the dryer! Good luck!

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  37. Correction: When a person COMMENTS on a post and they are a 'no reply blogger' this means that the blogger that received the comment can't reply to it....

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  38. Just pinned this today and wanted to stop by and tell you how much I love this idea! I think it will make great gifts for the grandparents too! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comments! Grandparents will love this DIY!!! Have fun making one or two or three!

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  39. Cant wait to try this. It's so cute. I wish I had saved old pics that my niece drew for me, I have all her old coloring pages, just none like this. But I will find something to try this with! :)

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    1. So glad you like this Rebecca!! Send me a pic of it when you are finished - I would love to see how your version turns out! I love mine and my son is so proud that his art is now in our kitchen!

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  40. I have 10 grandchildren and 1 more on the way. This would be a great idea for a Christmas present for the parents! Thanks so much!

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    1. It really would HanoverGirl! Both the parents and the kiddos would enjoy seeing their art in the kitchen! You are so lucky to have 10 grandchildren!!!!

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  41. would work well for Magnadoodle creations too. I take pictures of those... this would be better! Great gift idea...

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    1. What a great idea Genie to use Magnadoodle creations! Great suggestion!

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  42. I have kept some artwork thru the years of my kids. Now they are married. I am going to do this for my daughters in law of their hubbys childhood art. I am thinking of embroidering it as well. Thanks for the idea. How does the permanen marker do in the wash?

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    1. Great idea!! Your daughters in law will love that - how sentimental! The permanent marker holds up really well when washed. I have washed mine many times and it still looks great! Send me a picture of your version, I would love to see how it turns out!

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  43. Hi Heather,
    What a testament to a loving family!
    R drew so much love into his art!

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    1. Awwwww, Vicki! What a sweet thing to say!! I will pass on to R your sweet comments, he will love to hear that! Thank you :)

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  44. Grandparent Day is next Sunday and this is the winner for what my kiddos are doing for gifts. I wanted something personal but non-photograph (these grandparents are running out of frame room). Perfect! Thanks for sharing. - www.create-with-kiddos.blogspot.com

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    1. Your welcome! I am sure the grandparents will love it!

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    1. The permanent marker holds up really well when washed. I have washed mine many times and it still looks great! No bleeding at all. I purchased the flour sack towels at Wallmart - but have also seen them at Target...hope this info helps!

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  46. Marvelous!
    Your tutorial is thorough, and inspiring.
    I know this is something I will be trying.
    R, you show a lot of love in your art!
    I'm so glad I saw this, so we can share
    our children's art this way too.
    Thank you!

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    1. So glad you like this tute Natalie! Have fun making them! I did and smile every time I see them in my kitchen! I will pass on your sweet compliments to my son 'the artist'!! Thanks for dropping by my blog! Heather :)

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  47. I love this idea!! He is a great artist

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    1. Thanks Kaysi...I will pass your compliments on to my son!

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  48. I just made one- it's adorable! Can I iron it?

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    1. Yes you can! Email me a pic - I would love to see how your's turned out! Yay!!!

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  49. Very cute. However, I got plain undies for my son and I drew things that he liked on them with Sharpies to make potty training more fun, and they really faded in the wash. Has this happened for you?? I don't want to spend a lot of time tracing if it's just going to fade and look bad.

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    1. Margo, that's too bad that your profect faded! That's a fun ida to add drawings to your son's underwear for potty training! My towels just lightened ever so slightly on the first wash and are virtually the same as when I first made them...

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  50. If you iron them you will heat set your marker...which is probably why her tea towels have not faded...iron Rhodes undies..it should help

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  51. Cute idea! Sharpie is not archival, which means that over time, you will get a yellow halo around your marker lines. I would suggest trying an archival marker, or maybe a fabric marker instead of a standard sharpie if you want your towel to last for a long time.

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    1. I'll keep that in mind Roelofs....mine have not shown any yellowing.

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  52. This month I used this wonderful idea for gifts to friends and family. Love it. I blog about it and shared your link! www.create-with-kiddos.blogspot.com

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    1. They turned out great! Love your little artists' drawings! So cute! Thanks for adding the link to my post that inspired you! I am sure the grandparents will love these as gifts!

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  53. Aww what a great idea :) Thanks for sharing! And R.. amazing drawing :)

    www.lilmsadventures.blogspot.com

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  54. Ooo....so exciting! I love this idea! R, you are a great artist! Good job! :)

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    1. Thanks Heather for your sweet comments :) I will pass on your compliments to my son! He loves to draw and I am always encouraging him!

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  55. Great idea! I think I will do something like this for myself using artwork I have been saving for many years!

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    1. I believe that would work! I have only used black but the ink type is the same...so it should work!

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  57. R has inspired me to make some. Thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial.

    Cheri

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  58. I just found the Christmas Gift I will do with our 10 year old niece when she visits this Thanksgiving Weekend....Her and I do Christmas Gifts for others in her family....She will love doing this, as she loves to draw and share her drawings with others....Thanks so much for sharing this....Patti

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    1. What a sweet idea to make some with your neice for family! Such a thoughtful gift! Glad you like these!

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  59. Can they just draw on the towel?

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    1. Yes, your kiddos can draw on the towel with a sharpie marker!

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  60. We've actually found that regular permanent Sharpie lasts BETTER through the wash than laundry markers (which largely washed out, for us).

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    1. Jeanne and A Viintage Industry - If you feel confident in your drawing skills you could draw it right on to the towel otherwise you could try tracing it!

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  63. Do you mean laying the artwork under the towel and tracing it that way? Is the towel thin enough that you can see through it? Sorry, I am trying to figure out the whole "tracing" thing too. :)

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    1. Hi Rose - you can freehand trace or trace the way you mentioned..whatever works for you! Thanks for visiting!!

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  64. Hi Heather,

    This is an adorable idea--but what I am REALLY in love with is that yellow and grey patterned fabric! Can you tell me what it is, where it's from?

    cheers!
    Deirdre

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  66. I just found your blog today through Pinterest....I love this idea and I think i would like to try and make some for my mom (great-grandma) and my daughter....My grandson Xavier loves to draw and I think this will make a really fun gift that we can update every year for Valentines Day....

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  69. AHHH I love these! I just figured out this years mother's day gift craft idea!

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  70. Can anyone recommend where to buy towels like these? Thanks!

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    2. Elise- I included a link in the post where you can buy them online!

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  71. Love this!!! Way to go, Heather and artistic son!! :)

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  72. Awesome!! I featured it in my mothers day round up here: http://www.vixenmade.com/2013/05/last-minute-mothers-day-gifts.html

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  73. Thanks for sharing this idea! My daughter and I just made some this weekend for Mother's Day gifts. We even used a few colored sharpie markers on a few .. BTW the grandma's loved them!! ;)

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  74. Heather, what a great project and I'm loving the artsy one very much! Re: your comment about your apparent long torso and short legs, actually if you picture where your waist is in the picture, it's fairly proportionally correct to the rest of the body AND he's got you all in the latest fashion!!! :). Very impressive! Thanks for the post, I love it!!

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  75. Heather, what a great project and I'm loving the artsy one very much! Re: your comment about your apparent long torso and short legs, actually if you picture where your waist is in the picture, it's fairly proportionally correct to the rest of the body AND he's got you all in the latest fashion!!! :). Very impressive! Thanks for the post, I love it!!

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    1. Thanks Mimmi - I'll pass your compliment onto my artist son who drew it! He'll be thrilled you said that!!

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  77. So easy! Thanks for sharing it, great idea!

    Marti
    http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/

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  78. Hi Heather,
    I am curating a collection of Sharpie projects for Looksisquare(dot)com. I don't know if you're familiar with Looksi but it's a lot like CraftGawker: they display a thumbnail image from your blog along with a short description and a link. Typically you would submit your own images (like you do on CraftGawker) but they also have curators (like myself) who do theme based round ups. I'd like to include this project if you're okay with that--I'm assuming the permanent marker you used was a Sharpie or at least sharpie-like. I would need to crop out your watermark (similar to CraftGawker) but if people want to see what you did or how you did it, they need to click on the link. Would that be okay with you? Just let me know!
    Thanks!!
    Elena
    acasarella.net

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  79. One could also make cloth napkins with corners or borders done with features from this same drawing, so they coordinate.

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  80. This is such a fun idea! Thank you!

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  81. What a great idea! Can't wait to get busy on this one! Great artwork on yours by the way!

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  82. can't wait for my grandson to start doodling....i would so put those adorable doodles on a tea towel

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  83. I love that idea Heather and I think I'm going to do this with my Son as a Grandparents gift - they'll really like it!! Thanks and Pinning too.

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  84. What a great idea! Lucky you have such a talented artist in your family :)

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  85. This is wonderful! I saw this from Tip Junkie and just had to stop by and say "great job!" Love it. Pinning.

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