June 05, 2012

All By Myself Tee

My kids see me craft a lot and they like to get in on it as well.  However, I obviously can't let them do everything I'm doing.  "Yeah Rex, grab that steaming glue gun.  Sure you can paint the walls like Mommy!  Want to try the sewing machine, Baden?"  It just doesn't work that way.

And sometimes it can even be hard to let go of my inner-control freak and let them do things the way they want to.  Anyone with me?  Yes?  Okay, so here's the perfect project to let little ones do with you or all by themselves.  Why?  Because you can't mess this t-shirt up.


Here's how it went down.  I cut a stencil of a large number 5 from freezer paper because that's how old Rex is going to be next month.  (FYI: You don't need a cutting machine for this.  This would take less than 5 minutes to do this by hand.)

I ironed the paper on.  (Video tutorial for freezer paper stenciling HERE.) Then I got out my Tulip fabric paint and my big phat fabric markers.  I also got out some bubble wrap to use like a stamp.  


I let him and his cute cousin go for it and I joined in too.  It was pretty fun.



We used these big phat markers like stamps to get a checkered pattern.  My nephew filled in the holes with red paint, which I thought ended up looking really cool.


Here's what it looked like when we were done painting it.


My favorite part is always removing the freezer paper stenciling.  You can see the bubble wrap stamping, the checkered pattern of stamping the markers, and a lot of random painting on the shirt.


So if your kids are out of school and looking for a project, cut a stencil and let them go for it.


Thanks for reading.


39 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I bet my 3.5 yr old could even do this one! Thanks~

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  2. Awesome! where do you get your colored t-shirts? Do you just buy regular shirts or at a craft store?

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    1. I usually get them at Wal-mart. In both the toddler boy area and the little boy area there's usually a stand with plain tees on them and they're $3.50 They are usually great tees. The toddler ones run small, but the ones from the little boy section are sized more accurately.

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    2. Thanks so much! I'll have to check if they have the same for girls...

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    3. k, maybe im dumb but where did you put the bubble wrap? thanks!

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    4. k, maybe im dumb but where did you put the bubble wrap? thanks!

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    5. Edna - I used it as a stamp at the top left part of the five. It's black and green with dots there.

      Cheri

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  3. so darn cute!! wish my boys were still little!! maybe for my nephew...this would be so much fun to do when he comes to visit!

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  4. I LOVE this idea. Thanks!

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  5. I LOVE this! I cant wait to try with my 3 & 5 yr old boys! I also love your "I have lived" quote in your etsy shop- it just brought tears to my eyes!! :o)

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  6. This is great! I have a first birthday coming up for my own little one and I've been trying to think of a t-shirt I could make.

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  7. I'm going to let my daughter do this for the last day of school - "Look out 2nd grade" and my son has his 4th birthday coming up. Whew - thanks for another boredom buster!

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  8. I love love love this idea!!! I have a 6yr old boy that always want to help me, too. This would be a great project for him and his 9yr old cousin.

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  9. I did applique t's with their ages for my boys to wear to their parties last year. They'll love to do it themselves. Cool idea.

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    1. It's hot here in CO. So I decided today was the day to make these. We cut out a bike and a camper on freezer paper on my Cricut. Painted them with red, white and blue paint. The boys plan to wear them to our neighborhood 4th of July bike parade next week.

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  10. really neat way to include your kid in making his own shirt!

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  11. What a great idea! My little guy will love this!

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  12. What a great idea! Love the giant number 5.

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  13. I've done this too, and it is a lot of fun. One hint for letting younger kids paint is to put the shirt in a plastic bag and tape the plastic to the stencil. That way EVERYTHING is covered. And I also get my shirts at Wal-Mart. I think craft department shirts aren't as soft.

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  14. Such a great way to let the kids craft. :)

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  15. I LOVE THIS!!! You are so awesome at taking a simple project (decorated T) to a whole nother level. I just bought T's and markers and paint for my girls to make their own T's but I too was having trouble with the whole "it's gonna look like a train wreck on cotton"... this is a perfect solution. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. What a great idea! I am so gonna have to try this!

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  17. Love this! Great idea! My kids would be thrilled to do this. They love crafting as much as their mama does :)

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  18. Love it! Just did some tees with my kids too! My two and four year old were allowed to use my sharpies to doodle on their own design, they love their new tops! I used a train stencil for my two year old to keep it looking "neater"! Will have to try out the bubble wrap and paint though, looks great.

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  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE! My son is a total craftaholic and loves joining in with mom. This is something I'm definitely going to do with him!

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  20. Thinking I can do this with my kids at the beginning of the school year for our field trip shirts! So excited, thanks for sharing!

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  21. seriously!! you make my life so much easier!! My son is turning 3 on Saturday and I always do a t-shirt (well not always, like two times for the two birthdays of last...duh Michelle, anywho) with fabric, the number and his name on the back....I'm so going to do this, this year!! YEAH!!

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  23. Great! I love how it turned out. I think stencils might just be God's gift to preschool crafting! :)

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  24. Whoa!! What an artist he is! I never would have guessed that a kid did this. Great job, Rex!

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  25. YAY! I have a giant roll of freezer paper from a garage sale... and now I know what to do with it! THANKS!

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  26. I just bought freezer paper today. I was so excited to see this. My son will be 3 soon and he loves to be involved in projects, this will be perfect!

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  27. I just bought freezer paper today. I was so excited to see this. My son will be 3 soon and he loves to be involved in projects, this will be perfect!

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  28. Love this....will have to let my son do this for his birthday! Cute idea!

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  29. Okay, so this is TOTALLY INDICATIVE of my frame of mind at the moment but when this blog post title showed up in my reader ALL I could think of was like some sort of hoodie that had hoods on the front and back that you could pull up over your head and face and just GO AWAY from the noise and the crazy for a minute. You know, all by myself?? :-P.

    I was totally reminded of that story about Susanna Wesley who had 19 children. When she needed time with God she would sit in a chair and throw her apron over her head. Her children knew not to disturb her during her prayer time. (Two of her kids, John and Charles Wesley were the ones who founded the Methodist church, and were huge songwriters - tons of really common hymns were written by them).

    ANYWAY - total digression, but I've been giggling about the notion of an "all by myself" t all week long. I love what you ACTUALLY did here too, of course - everything you do is awesome. But I'm thinking we need to invent a mom shirt that blocks out the noise and the nuttiness!! :).

    Happy Saturday!

    xo

    Christy.

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  30. Made these today with a fourth of July theme. Here's a link to our creations. http://confessionsofadesperatemom.blogspot.com/2012/06/fourth-of-july-freezer-paper-stenciled.html#

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  31. That is too cool. I love it. I have often done the painting myself, but this is even better.

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  32. I finally got around to making a tee shirt like this with my little guy.
    https://sunnyday.nimblewebs.com/393/quick-stenciled-tee/

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