Patriotic T-Shirt

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in 4th of July, Holidays, T-Shirt Ideas | 23 comments

 Patriotic T-Shirt!

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!


4th of July T Shirt

The combination of two techniques blend into one fabulous patriotic t-shirt!




T – Shirt (I used Royal Blue)

newspaper or paper grocery bags

Freezer paper or foam star stickers

Spray bottle


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.

DIY 4th of July Patriotic T-Shirt ww/

Step #4

(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. 

DIY 4th of july T-Shirt

Remove the stickers and it should look like this.


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.

  Patriotic T-Shirt

Hot glue a cap from a pop bottle or one from a toothpaste tube. Any cap will do!

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.

Corrugated Star Stamp

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!

DIY 4th of July T-Shirt

Great combination of techniques!


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!

Phyllis (Oma)

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  1. Making stars with the corrugated cardboard is such a clever idea…as is gluing the lids to them for stamping. You are so clever Phyllis!
    Thanks for sharing you patriotic t-shirt with us at Project Inspire{d}!

    P.S. I was unable to leave a comment on your “ducky” baby shower post. I LOVED it!!!

    • Thanks so much! Glad you liked it!

  2. This is a really cute idea for stamping – love that you used a box in such a unique way.. pinning this for future reference…..

  3. This turned out cute!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  4. Love the shirts!! Need to start looking for some boxes 😉 Pinning it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a fun craft! We totally did the second technique when we were kids! Maybe it’s time to pass on the tradition.

  6. Love this idea Phyllis! Thanx for sharing at THT. Please include a link to the party within the actual post please.

  7. Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up your cute craft! Stop by again next week and link up another awesome project!

    Have a great week!

  8. How awesome is this?! I may try doing this with my kiddos! Thanks so much for sharing at last week’s All My Bloggy Friends! I can’t wait to see what you share this week 🙂

  9. I just love this T-shirt and I can see people of any age wearing them! I wanted to thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party and also I wanted to tell you that your post will be featured in the Top 10 Featured of the In and Out of the Kitchen Party #18!

    Cynthia at

  10. What a cool idea! I love personalized shirts!! We’ll be featuring this at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so come take a look if you have a minute!

  11. Awesome idea and so much fun for the 4th! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can’t wait to see what you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  12. What a creative and fun craft project! This would be so fun for the 4th of July. Thanks so much for sharing at Saturday Spotlight.

    Angels Homestead

  13. So festive! Thank you for linking up at HickoryTrail

  14. What a fun project. The striped red stars really make the design. I’d love if you’d come share at my first ever link party.

  15. Psst! We at thet2women just loved this post and your blog and plan to feature it THIS Saturday over at One Sharendipity Place!! Thanks so much for linking up with us this past week!! We’re very glad you did!!

    • I’m excited that you chose my post! Thank you! I’ll be over to check it out!

  16. Very cute – just wanted to thank you for taking the time and sharing this post on BeBetsy Brag About It Tuesday! Your awesome. Sharon and Denise

  17. What an adorable idea! Turned out so cute! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday! 😉

  18. Love the T shirt. Great job. Linda

  19. Awesome project to make with kids, love it!!! Thanks so much for sharing this at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back next Sunday with more awesome shares!

    Hope you are having a lovely Sunday

    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

  20. I really like this! I’ll have to give it a try! I’m just stopping by to say hello from the Say G’Day Linky Party. Have a beautiful day and see you again soon! Gloria @The Resourceful Gals

  21. Would love to invite you to my link up that goes live at 7am in the morning. We pin all those who join to our party board on pinterest.


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