Sunday, May 18, 2008

Craft Time - T Shirts

Today we made T Shirts! This is a simple and great way to allow kids to design their own shirts! I think it works better with kids 5+ though as we discovered. :)

Materials Needed: Plain T Shirts (Found Olivia's at a craft store for $2.50 and found a set of 3 under type shirts on clearance for $2.34 in both Braeden's and Liam's sizes.), Sandpaper (I found that the finer the grade the easier for kids to use), Crayons, and an iron. Also a scrap piece of cardboard to place between the shirt for ironing.

First, let kids draw a design on a piece of sandpaper with crayons. I cut about 4 inches off the end of the sandpaper since their shirts were small. ** Make sure that they press and color very hard with the crayon!!! This is important and is why Braeden's and Liam's didn't turn out real well. There really needs to be a good amount of wax from the crayon on the sandpaper.

Next, place a piece of cardboard inside the tshirt to be ironed so that the color doesn't bleed through. And put the sandpaper design side down onto the tshirt on top of the cardboard.

Then, make sure the design is centered and in the right place on the shirt.

Set your iron and heat it up on a cotton setting. Iron over the sandpaper design for a couple minutes, pressing down hard.

Finally, peel off the sandpaper and allow the shirt to cool for a few minutes.
Your new tshirt is ready to wear!!!

Didn't Olivia do a great job!!! They are so proud of their shirts! Olivia is planning on wearing hers to school tomorrow. Yay!


Brandi said...

So cute!! Did I tell you that I have a Brayden too? Great name!

Your kiddos are just so precious!

I'm glad you joined Red Letters too!


I just recently found your blog and have loved reading all your ideas! The t-shirts are SO cute and I can't wait to try them with my two little ones!

Jess said...

very cool idea...we are going to have to try this!

Runergirl said...

Wow! Those are great!!!! I am going to steal all of your ideas:)

Emmy said...

aww. thats cute. i like it. lol. ^_^

steffany said...

What a fun project. I love Olivia's.

Did you make one too?

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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