Painting our own shirts

A couple of nights ago after dinner we cleared the dishes to make room for some creative fun. I gathered up a couple of t-shirts the boys have that are single color with no graphics and we made our own designs with fabric paint. Beautiful has made a couple of these shirts for father’s day gifts, making one for both our dads with the silhouettes of each of the grand kids profile. She has also used the states that folks have lived in for another creative unique shirt, so I knew she would help the boys make their own cool designs. I set out the fabric paint, the t-shirts, butcher paper, the iron, paint brushes, and a plate to mix the paint on while the boys looked on wide eyed and excited. They had no patience for instructions or setup, they just wanted to paint on anything they could. We gave them each a piece of paper to get their creative juices flowing and to work on their brush work while we got everything arrange.

The butcher paper was great because it had wax one side so we could cut out shapes in the paper and then with the iron attach the paper to the shirts. We put a piece of paper inside the shirt to make sure the paint didn’t bleed through to the back, ironed on the designs, and got the boys stared painting their shirts. Segundo painted green lines on his white shirt while Primo wanted a blue box on his long sleeve green shirt. They went pretty fast slapping the paint around while Beautiful and I went back over to smooth it out but the they loved getting to paint on clothes. We hung the shirts up to dry and got started on a couple more while also giving the boys more paper to paint on. Once we were finished I got the boys washed up and started on a treat while I cleaned the brushes and put away the supplies.

It was a fun project for all of us and fairly easy to set up and clean up. The boys were so excited about their shirts that they both wore them to school the next day making sure to tell who ever would listen that they made them. If you are looking for a creative project to do with your family try picking up some fabric paint and trying your hand at custom shirts. The kids will love it and give them something to show off how creative they are, and what an awesome parent you are.

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