Design Your Own Summer T-shirts
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T-shirts and shorts, it’s the quintessential kid uniform of summer. Now kids can design their own original tees using freezer stencils to wear all summer long. Here’s how.
foam or fabric paintbrushes
Have kids draw a picture on a piece of freezer paper (matte side) of what they want on their tee. Simple, bold drawings work best. If kids are having difficulty coming up with something, you can use a prompt like I did with my guys. I asked them to draw something that makes them happy.
After the drawings are done, take a craft knife and cut out the picture. Keep the small pieces in case you need them for the stencil. Ignore my blue painted fingernail there. I had a run in with one of the jars of paint.
Take the stencil and iron it onto the shirt, glossy side down. The coating on the glossy side will adhere to the shirt once ironed. Tip: Don’t move the iron back and forth vigorously. Simply press and hold for a second or two. This is ESPECIALLY important if you’re working with small pieces. If you go all helter skelter with the iron those little pieces will move all over the place. Trust me, I learned the hard way.
Start painting. I tell my kids to use the “dab method” so there’s less of a chance of paint getting under the freezer paper. If you’re working on a colored tee, you’ll need a couple coats. If you’re impatient like the kids (who am I kidding? I’m the impatient one), you can use a hair dryer to speed along the drying process.
Here comes the fun part. Once the paint dries, carefully peel off the freezer stencil paper. Be extra careful if you applied multiple layers of paint. You can use the tip of the craft knife to get under any itty bitty pieces. And now…
In about an hour, the kids have a one of kind, meaningful-to-them summer t-shirt!