We’re big fans of making art on t-shirts, because, hey, wearable art!
This is a fun, non-toxic way for kids to get a spray-paint effect and outfit themselves with a new t-shirt in anticipation of Spring. I was originally going to make this project using spray paint, and was so excited to find a product that acts like spray paint without the fumes.
- 100% cotton t-shirt in white (Hello, Target.)
- Fabric spray paint: I can’t even find the paint we used online anymore- lots of people said they clogged after one use, which seems to be the case with many fabric paints. For this reason, I suggest buying small bottles if you’re just doing a shirt or 2. These actually get great reviews, so we’ll try these next, and you can choose your colors or buy little sets.
- Cardboard for inside of shirt
- Paper to lay out under the shirt
- Circle stickers
- Masking tape
Place dots and masking tape anywhere you want on the shirt. Make a design, or randomly place them. Fen decided to make a character from Minecraft with the tape, and swirl the dots around at the bottom.
Shake the paint well, and spray from 6-8″ away, keeping the paint moving over the surface. You don’t want it to pool in one place. (Practice on a piece of scrap paper beforehand.)
Fen sprayed 2 paint colors in alternating swoopy-stripes.
Wait for the paint to dry, (about an hour), and remove your stickers and tape. Leave the shirt alone for 72 hours before washing. (Or if you’re like us, wear the shirt to school the next day.) You don’t need to heat-set this paint, unlike other fabric dyes.
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