On Day 3 of Nephew Camp, we did a shirt craft. My nephew decided that he was going to make these shirts for a living, and he promised to give me 50¢ for every $10 he makes. I can’t wait until he makes $10 million! But we’ll share our little secret anyway…
Three Rockin’ Shirts
We used three colors of the fabric paint; a darker base color, a shimmery accent color, and a “pop” color.
fabric paint, computer, printer, paper, cardboard, shirt, new pencil, double-sided tape (optional), magazine
Step 1: Prewash and dry your shirt (or bag or bandana or…).
Step 2: Google search a silhouette image you like and print it.
Step 3: Place your paper over top a piece of cardboard (I used an empty cardboard food package). Then, use a pen and press down hard as you trace the outline.
Step 4: Carefully cut out your template.
Cut Along Impression
Step 5: (optional) If this project is for little fingers, use double-sided tape to anchor the template onto shirt.
Adhere Cardboard Template
Step 6: Place magazine or cardboard (newspaper is too messy) inside shirt and straighten out any wrinkles.
Step 7: Using eraser of pencil, start doting paint around the edges of the silhouette to create a few radial arms. We dip the eraser in the paint and put the thickest dot of paint closest to the silhouette and make 3 more dots, allowing the paint to fade as we move the eraser further out. Allow first layer to dry.
Apply First Layer
Step 8: Use the shimmery accent to create more radial arms, filling in most of the area around the silhouette. Allow second layer to dry.
Add Second Layer
Step 9: Using the pop color, fill in some of the remaining spaces around the silhouette. Allow final layer to dry.
Final Layer of Paint
Step 10: Carefully peel off template.
Step 11: Carefully read instructions and follow directions for your specific type of fabric paint. Some fabric paints need to be set with a press cloth and hot iron. Some need to set 72 hours before getting fabric wet.
*To help preserve your new creation, turn inside out before washing and hang to dry.