Stenciled Handkerchief - Handmade Gift Idea!

3 Materials
30 Minutes

Hi there, Sweet Friends, it's Cynthia from Create With Cynthia. Looking for an easy gift idea that is unique and one of a kind – Hanky for your Honey? Handkerchief Craft Gift Idea! Stenciled handkerchief’s are sure to please your honey, your mother, your friend and even your kiddo!

We all get the sniffles and tears and who wants to use their sleeve? I sure don’t like doing the sleeve thang’, Sweet Friends. Instead, I’ve adopted a bit of “Hankie Use,” over the years! Hanky for your Honey? Handkerchief Craft Gift Idea!

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Now, with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day not far away, it’s time to start thinking about Handmade Gifts! Last Christmas I showed off this Handkerchief project. I gifted my Dad and Mom with a handkerchief and I received the sweetest response.

Don’t forget to wrap your handkerchief in a pretty bag, with a pretty card for your honey! I like to include a little bit of “Hanky Lore” inside my gift.

Have you heard the Hanky Lore? A hanky in your pocket or purse is so helpful. Marie Antionette discovered it back in the year 1945. I’ve shown off this fun project before and it was so popular I decided to show it off again.


  • Handkerchief
  • A Maker’s Studio Gel Art Ink
  • A Maker’s Studio Adhesive Mesh Stencils
  • Essential Stencils
  • Spreader or Stencil Brushes

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Step one: Gather your supplies

Step two: Prepare your handkerchief by ironing it and placing something in between the layers to avoid the paint from running through the fabric.

Step three: Place stencil onto the fabric (tape stencil to fabric using painter’s tape if it is not an adhesive stencil).

Step four: Apply Gel Art Ink onto stencil fabric using a spreader or stencil brush. A Maker’s Studio has created the Gel Art Ink specifically for fabrics and it is fabulous. You can purchase this product at

Step five: Once you have completed, wash your stencil in warm soapy water and allow fabric and paint to dry overnight.

Tip: I’ve also used Gel Art Ink on Canvas Bags, T-Shirts, Kitchen Towels, Pillows, and Baby Onesies.

Step six: Once handkerchief is completely dry, heat set the paint onto the fabric. Lay a piece of fabric over your stenciled fabric and iron. Use a warm iron, without steam, at 350 degrees for about five minutes. You can also put your handkerchief in the warm dryer.

Step seven: Wrap up your handkerchief cute and pretty and gift it to your favorite honey!

Tip: After each use, wash handkerchief in cold water and avoid the dryer. Visit my You Tube channel, at Create With Cynthia, for ideas and inspiration on crafts and wrapping gifts.

These handmade hankies are the perfect gift for your honey, your family or your friends. It’s an ageless and timeless gift I know will be appreciated. I like to fold up my hanky and put it in a small burlap bag. When I gift it to someone I wrap it up in a box or bag and gift it with, “A bit of Hankie Lore….”

Now go out there and Create Something!


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