Easy and inexpensive.
The shirts were $3.50 at Michael's, the crayons we already had and the sandpaper is a basic staple in this house.
First off - invite a few friends and their amazingly crafty Moms over for the event.
Have the kids colour whatever they want on to the sandpaper.
The lower the grit the more 'textured' your t-shirt image will be. The finer the grit, the more 'smooth'.
(We used 180 grit for our crafting session)
The kids will have to go over their image until the crayon is really thick and dark - this is the wax that will be melted onto the shirt. Too little and the image will be really washed out.
We had a few MineCraft fans over, so there was a large "Creeper" showing.
Note: if you decide to do words, you need to remember to write them inverted so that when the sandpaper is flipped over and ironed, the image will appear correctly on the shirt.
Then, while one 'Craft Mom' serves up her amazing snacks:
|Rainbow kabobs courtesy of "Amazing Amy"|
have the other 'Crafty Mom' iron the images on to the t-shirts.
Make sure you have newspaper or something between the layers of shirt or the wax might melt through to the other side.
|Thank you Lisa! ("Lovely Lisa" seemed off somehow? - She is lovely, but I wanted something to label her that leaned more towards creative and talented.)|
I have to admit, I was just as excited standing there watching them.
Check these out:
I think it's amazing that an 8 year old was able to figure out how to write "MineCraft" as a mirror image!
And look at this adorableness below.
I don't think I'd let my girls wear this - I'd immediately frame it - it's just too cute for words!
Dry it in the dryer for 20 minutes to set the image and then wash it by itself the first time; just in case any wax does come off.
We took it a step further and added a bit of fabric puffy paint to ours:
Madison's Creeper needed a couple of flowers in it's hair.
Custom shirts, rainbow kabobs and wait until you see the sumo fight that followed!
Seriously - frame this one:
Have a great one!