October 09, 2012

All By Myself Tee - part 2

Due to the great response on the original "All By Myself Tee," I thought I'd show you a different version that's just as easy for kids to make.  My kids are getting a little older and more than having me make something for them, their greatest thrill is when I let them make something for themselves.  This one even Baden (age 3) was able  to do.


We got some blank tees and I got out some painter's tape.  I taped diagonal lines on both shirts as shown.  I even extended the tape a little so that the actual was taped to the table.  That way it wouldn't shift on them if they got a little aggressive with the paintbrush :)


Then I got out a plate of fabric paint for each boy.  I picked colors they liked, but also ones that I thought would work well on the shirt they had.  Then I let them go for it.  


They actually did pretty well.  The paint went under the tape in a couple little spots, but the overall t-shirt design lends itself to that messy skater look.  The boys also mixed colors as they painted, which turned out really cool.  It's funny how they are so unlimited in their design process as kids.  They just have fun.  If their paint was really blotchy I smoothed it over for them, but other than that they did it themselves.


I think their favorite part was taking off the tape.  Then they begged to try on the shirts.  We got out a blowdryer to speed up the dry time.  


And they were pretty impressed with themselves.


This is how they roll.


And that's a wrap.


Thanks for visiting.  See you tomorrow.


- We're going to have a fun series later this month all about curtains.  There will be a few guests and a billion ideas.

- The bathroom shower issue has grown as we've taken more out.  There's lots of mold and it's going to be a big renovation.  It's a disaster, but it will eventually beautiful (after we reluctantly dish out the funds to fix it all).


29 comments:

  1. How cute! I am totally doing this with my little guy. Ugh....so sorry about your bathroom. What a pain in the neck! Looking forward to the curtain posts, I need curtains in more than one room!

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  2. Very simple & cool design for boys-almost like a tire tread. Your photos are priceless! They just shine with personality.

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  3. Love these shirts. I will have to hang onto this idea for a few years. I am sorry about your bathroom. We have a bathroom to remodel as well, and the insert has not been sealed well since we moved in...and probably a lot longer. I'm nervous about all the mold that could behind there, and the possibility of replacing sheetrock. Ugh. I feel your pain. I bet it will look awesome when it's done though! :)

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  4. They could not be any more cute!

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  5. These shirts are awesome. I want one for myself to wear with cardigans during winter.
    Been there on the shower front. Hope you don't end up replacing wood along with all that. If there is any chance of mold, it's always better to rip it out, treat the area behind and replace the wall. Otherwise, it will just keep on growing. Make sure to put the proper liners, fasteners and caulking to make it impervious to mold in the future.

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  6. I'm sorry about your mold . . . but I am SUPER EXCITED about following your renovation. Is that bad? My master bath is from 1990 and I really wish we were in the middle of renovating it right now!

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  7. Cute, fun idea! My boys would probably love doing this too :)

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  8. What a great project! Your boys are awfully talented. I wonder where they get it from... ;) Sorry about the mold. That's why we haven't even thought about redoing our bathrooms yet. It's a house from the 50s, so I'm imagining death behind the tile. :)

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  9. LOVE THIS!!!! Totally doing it with the boys ~ thanks for the inspiration!!!
    xo
    Heather

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  10. I LOVE this idea---what a great idea!!!!


    -Julie
    http://www.thechirpingmoms.com

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  11. So cute!! Can't wait to try it out!

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  12. I miss those sweet faces. :) Love those boys for me.
    Love the costume recap yesterday. Rex and Baden have grown up way to fast.
    Love to you all. :)

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  13. thank you! i have a red shirt i wanted to paint for my 3 year old what a fun idea to let him do it himself. It will be our first real art project together!

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  14. Cheri,

    You are so smart! Why is it that the easiest ideas are the best and the most over looked? I never would have thought of this and now wish I had.

    Maureen

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  15. Cheri,
    Where did you find the t-shirts? I've looked all over for pocket-less t-shirts, for my son, and can't find them anywhere. This idea is fantastic and my little boy will love making his own designs. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Target's all have pockets. I buy them at Wal-mart. They are usually folded on a rack and they are $3.87, which you can't beat.

      Cheri

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    2. Thank you. I will check at Walmart again! :)

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  16. Oh those pictures are priceless! They made me laugh out loud! Such cool dude poses. We know those looks well around here. I'm going to have to give this project a whirl! I saw the shower situation on Instagram....ugh....hopefully there will be a light at the end of the tunnel sooner or later!

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  17. To be completely honest, when I saw the title I busted out Celine dion Bridget jones diary style. Love the shirts!

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  18. Love it! Your boys are so darling!

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  19. Cute! Their poses are hilarious...love it!

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  20. What an awesome project! And the pics are just adorable! Bless your heart on the bathroom renovation....it will all be worth it in the end :) Hang in there!

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  21. Love the pictures, especially the way they're posing with attitude!
    We did matching union jack t'shirts for the paralympics using sticky tape and fabric paint and we all wore them to the games. I love your idea, they sort of look like argyle patterns - my friend's after a golfing jumper for xmas - I could get the kids to make it!

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  22. This is a great idea. I love how your boys are into crafting with you. My oldest son, 4, loves to get involved to. I think this would be perfect for him!

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  23. Rex's expressions totally crack me up- they are both adorable! I love the shirts!

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  24. They are such dudes with 'tude those two!! Hilarious. The effect on the shirts looks fantastic!

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  25. This is so awesome! Must try this with my son! He's always complaining he doesn't want to wear any of the blank shirts and this would be a great way to make the "ugly" shirts more attractive for him. Thanks for sharing!

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