Pinterest Challenge: Winter Edition or Making an Owl Towel

It's that time again. 

Sherry from Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power are at it again. Getting inspired to create something fun from Pinterest. It's a good thing too, because I haven't done anything crafty in a while.

So one of the things I have been lusting after on my Pinterest boards are these graphic owl towels. And while they are not too expensive, I just knew I could make them at home on the cheap. 

I kind of have a thing for owls in our home, but it's not an all out aviary or anything. I am not obsessed with them or hoarding them, they are subtly hidden around our house. 
What you need:
A printout of your choice
Freezer paper
Fabric paint (any color, I wanted gray and couldn't find it so I mixed black and white)
Cutting tool
Small paint brush or foam brush (not shown)
Iron (not shown)

The first thing I did was trace an outline of the printout on the freezer paper. The great thing about this is that you could use any graphic image that you like. It could also be as intricate or simple as you like.

Since I was creating two towels, I folded the freezer paper in half to cut out the pieces. That way I had two somewhat identical stencils to work with and it required less time for intricate cutting.

After cutting out all the pieces I ironed on the freezer paper, shiny side down, to the towels. Making sure to center the owls as much as possible.

Once the stencils are ironed into place, I stenciled the fabric paint onto the towel making sure to get all the cracks and crevices. I let it dry according to the paint instructions and once I had waited the four hours, I anxiously pulled off the freezer paper. It might have actually been three hours and forty-five minutes. I am impatient like that.

Here's how they turned out. 

I am very happy with the results. Since I had everything but the towels, it only cost a few bucks to get them made. They even make great gifts. One Secret Santa PF Blogger might know what I am talking about.