Fresh and Crisp for Framing

Some kitchen towels are pretty enough to merit a place of honor in your home.
Julia Hamilton

Looking for something unusual to dress up that blank spot on the wall? Your search doesn't have to lead to an art gallery. Just check out the offerings at a kitchen shop or in the linens section of a department store. There you'll find screen-printed towels adorned with renderings of fruit, vegetables, and other cuisine-related images.

Usually priced from $10 to $30, the towels make an affordable alternative to original prints. Slip these exciting graphic images into simple frames for display in a breakfast room, kitchen, or other informal area.

Consider using plain metal section frames; their clean lines won't overpower delicate renderings, such as the lemon and pear shown here.

Fast Framing
Step 1: Use a tape measure to determine the length and width of your towel. Purchase a metal section frame (containing glass and cardboard) that's at least 2 inches smaller in each dimension than the towel.

Step 2: Loosen and remove the screws on the L-shaped pieces of hardware at the top corners of the frame, and slide out the top section. (Hint: Cover your work surface with kraft paper to protect the area when spray adhesive is applied.) Iron the towel, and place it face down on work surface. Center the cardboard on the towel. With a pencil, draw a faint line around the cardboard. Remove the cardboard, and apply a light coat of spray adhesive to its lower 6 inches.

Step 3: Match the bottom edge of the cardboard to the lower edge of the pencil outline on the towel, and flip the cardboard and towel over. Smooth the towel down so that all wrinkles are removed. Continue applying spray adhesive and smoothing the towel down until the entire towel is adhered to the cardboard.

Step 4: Place the glass on top of the mounted towel, and slip it into the metal frame, turning edges of excess towel to the underside. Slide one picture hanger onto each side of frame, and adjust screws to hold hangers at the appropriate height. Replace the top portion of the frame, and secure L-shaped pieces of hardware with screws. Insert metal clips between cardboard and back edges of frame. Hang your artwork on the wall.

Materials

  • tape measure 
  • towel 
  • metal section frame (containing glass and cardboard) 
  • screwdriver 
  • kraft paper 
  • iron and ironing board 
  • pencil 
  • spray adhesive