A personally designed Patriotic T-Shirt is always fun for the whole family to make for Memorial Day or Fourth of July! In the last edition (June 2013) of Family Fun Magazine, they showed a T-shirt idea made by using a corrugated cardboard stamp. It sparked an idea of combining two methods to make a great patriotic designed T- shirt. One method is fine, but the combination is even better!
T – Shirt (I used Royal Blue)
newspaper or paper grocery bags
Freezer paper or foam star stickers
Red Fabric Paint
Corrugated Cardboard (Cut up a shipping box)
Cap from a pop bottle or toothpaste cap
1. Pre-wash and dry shirt.
2. Cut several stars from freezer paper and adhere on with a hot iron, shiny side down
If using foam star stickers, just adhere the stars on the shirt. Be sure to press down each tip of the star.
(I had foam stars on hand so I used them)
3. Place several thicknesses of newspaper or use a grocery bag placed inside shirt to prevent bleach from bleeding through to the other side.
(I trace the shirt on a grocery bag and then cut it out and slip into the shirt)
4. Spray the shirt with 1/2 water and 1/2 bleach combination in a spray bottle. Put the nozzle to a fine mist spray and spray the front of the shirt. The sun will bleach it, too. If you want a lighter color, spray again. Do this until desired lightness.
(I sprayed about 3 times, but it depends on the strength of bleach to water)
5. Remove inside paper and put shirt into water to stop the bleach process. Remove the foam or freezer paper stickers. Dry shirt.
Shirt will look like this after the bleach process.
6. Cut stars from corrugated cardboard. Hint: remove a layer of cardboard before you draw the star. By doing this first, your points will stay nice.
It speeds up the process to have the corrugated stencils cut out ahead of time.
7. Hot glue cap to non-corrugated side of the star. It is much easier for kids to grip the stamp this way.
8. Place small amount of paint on a disposable plate, spreading it around. With your star stamps, gently dip into paint so that only the corrugated part holds the paint.
9. Place on t-shirt in desired areas. Repeat for more stars. If you prefer, use different sizes of star stamps.
10. Set the dry paint with a hot iron (placing a cloth between iron and painted area) or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
11. Proudly wear your personally designed patriotic t-shirt for Memorial Day or 4th of July!
This process is easy enough for kids to do. Carefully supervise the bleach process, however.
This t-shirt turns out awesome!
Both adults and kids will be proud to wear it.
Why not have the whole family design a patriotic t-shirt? You will certainly be noticed in a crowd!
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Happy Memorial Day and Fourth of July!
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