tea towel + frame = easy art for the kitchen

There are some tea towels that are just too cute to use for their intended purpose of drying dishes, absorbing spills and wiping dirty fingers.


I ordered this flag conversion towel {a darling collaboration between west elm and artist shanna murray which is no longer available – boo!} and decided to proudly display it on the kitchen wall rather than on the towel rack.

You probably need no explanation as this is the easiest diy ever, but just to prove it, here’s what it takes: a large picture frame, a cute towel and some helping hands to flatten all of those pesky ikea tabs.


Large impact for about $30.


After a little searching, I came across some great frame-able towel options.


If your kitchen is calling out for something pretty on its walls, look no further than your favorite dish towel.

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39 Responses to tea towel + frame = easy art for the kitchen

  1. Kelly - Talk of the House February 5, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    What a great idea! I need to find a spot for that chart one from Crate and Barrel. It would work well in our kitchen,plus it would be handy helpful!

  2. Tiffany February 5, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    I actually have one from Studio Patro, just needs a frame. Of course, I just left IKEA…but this is why I read blogs, so helpful. Thanks.

  3. Jill February 5, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! And your use of great IKEA frames! :)

  4. Sarah Barksdale Design February 5, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Such a great idea! I love the tomato towel that you found, I might have to find a place in my kitchen to frame one now :)

  5. Duana February 5, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    This is great! I have 2 gorgeous tea towels from our trip to New Zealand and I just can’t bring myself to using them. This is the perfect idea to display them. Off to ikea!

  6. Angelia February 5, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    I have some tea towels that my grandmother made that have small things embroidered in one corner. I would love to display them like this, but don’t want the large expanse of white nor do I want to cut them. What would you suggest?

  7. Mallory February 5, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    LOVE this idea! So cute. I have area above my kitchen cabinets that this would be perfect for. I’m thinking a leaning set of frames with a different towel in each. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline February 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    you would never know that was a towel! so gorgeous! looks great hanging up on your wall!

  9. Julie Anne February 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    ooh, I love this idea!!! adding it to my kitchen redo ideas!!

  10. Jessica February 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    If you call West Elm’s customer service number (888-922-4119) they actually have 18 in stock. I just ordered one (2:45pm EST 2/5), this will look great in my kitchen! $9 with free shipping.

    • emily February 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

      wow! Thanks for the tip.

    • Rachel February 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Thanks for the tip! I just ordered one! :)

    • Taylor February 6, 2013 at 7:39 am #

      Thank you so much…just called and placed my order :) West Elm also said that their computers are showing that many of their stores have a bunch in stock, so it’s still possible to get one.

  11. Krissy February 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    I love it! Quick story: My grandma always had this beautiful painting of a ceramic vase of flowers, framed in a beautiful frame. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties, just before she passed, that she informed me it was a linen tea towel that she found at a swap meet, thought too pretty to use, and so she had it framed. Thanks to your post I’m inspired… I think I will add some towel art to my walls!

  12. Sally February 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Gosh! I couldn’t agree more!! I have a collection of gorgeous teatowels that are not for any practical purpose they are definitely display only! They even live in their own special kitchen drawer so they don’t accidently get used for wiping up the dishes! Will be purchasing some frames now to put them in!

  13. Kathy@mishmashmom February 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Love it. What a great idea!

  14. Kelley February 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    What a cute idea! You’ve got such an eye for all things graphic. I’m a little jeal!


  15. Kerstin February 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Love this!!! What size is the Ikea Ribba frame? I was able to order a towel online.

    • emily February 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

      My frame is the $19.99 version. Not sure on the exact dimensions, but it works great.

  16. Janet February 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    This is a great idea and it won’t break the bank! We are looking to buy a house and I’m already wondering how I’m going to decorate on a budget, thank you for posting this!

  17. jenn February 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    so i am googling ‘patio studio’ but its not bring up a store?! guess i’ve never heard of it, would you mind posting a link? I love those ones ;)

  18. Kellie February 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Would you mind sharing the size of the Ikea frame (for those of us who get so overwhelmed in the store we are unable to think clearly)? ;)

  19. engquist February 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    I did this a few months ago with a towel from Crate & Barrel. It’s one of my favorite pieces in my home!


  20. Erin February 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Love this! Just wanted to let you know that West Elm has these back in stock online now!

  21. katie h. February 6, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    brilliant!!! i wish i had thought of this, and i already HAVE that tea towel!!! :) such a perfect idea!!! and i do need to know the conversions often!! thanks for sharing!!! you are the best!!!

  22. Jenn @ A Simple Haven February 6, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    Love this! I will no longer hesitate to buy a dishtowel from Anthro for fear of getting it dirtied up–I will frame it instead. Thanks for the tip!

  23. Carol February 6, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    I love this idea! I went to Sur La Table last night, and got this towel to frame: http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-176591/Vintage-Label-Italian-Pasta-Kitchen-Towel

    They have a ton of other really cute ones, too!

  24. pixie February 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Oh I like this! I received a lovely tea towel as a Christmas gift, maybe I should display it! thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  25. Bree February 7, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    That is such a clever idea! I have several cute tea towels that I received a few years ago and I refuse to use them because they are just too cute for doing dishes! Now I know exactly what to do with them. Thanks Emily!!

  26. Bridget February 8, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    So cute! I’ll do this for a restaurant I’m decorating! Thanks for another great diy.

  27. Katie O'Keefe February 11, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    This is perfect! What a great idea, and I love that the tea towel shares something rather helpful information too :)

  28. Sarah February 14, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    West Elm has this one…or one very similar (http://www.westelm.com/products/flag-conversions-tea-towel-d086/?cm_src=E:all-sale||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-)
    On CLEARANCE! I purchased one and had it shipped for $5…They are on an extra sale for President’s Day.

  29. Carla February 14, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Good news/bad news: This tea towel is back on the west elm site currently for $4.99 with free shipping (and $4.24 if you snag it this weekend). Bad news, it’s backordered until August! !!! But I love it enough that I went ahead and ordered it.

    Thank you for the wonderful idea….kitchen art is tricky, I think!

  30. Christina February 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Thanks for including Studiopatro towels! So many of our customers ask about framing, so we’ll pass this on to them.

  31. K May 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm #


    The tea towels are back up. They are on clearance! Just got one for under 5 bucks (hurray)!

  32. Tracey March 11, 2015 at 5:22 am #

    Hi , I tried this with a limited edition tea towel designed for the tour de France that I bought on holiday in Yorkshire last summer. I found it hard to get the Ikea frame to fit , also how do you attach it?


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