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Kids Craft: How to Make a DIY Custom T-shirt

EORupcycleshirt_titlePersonally, I have more fun making custom t-shirts and giving them as gifts than any other giftable craft. Why? Because they are all about thoughtfulness, creativity and personalization.

Not to mention they are easy to make right in your home.

Here’s what you need:

1. plain t-shirt

2. paint (I use interior house paint)

3. foam craft paper / pre-cut foam lettersEORupcycleshirt_supplies

4. Goo Gone

5. White glue

6. Scissors

7. Scrap of cardboard

8. Shirt box

9. Paint brush

Step 1: Create your custom design. For this I designed my own heart / arrow logo and then added the letters using pre-cut foam letters. Because you’re creating your design in reverse, you need to wipe the sticky stuff off the back of the letters with Goo Gone, then glue them on the scrap of cardboard in reverse.

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Step 2: Insert the shirt box into the body of the t-shirt so that when you apply the paint it doesn’t seep onto the back of the shirt.

Step 3: Paint the foam craft paper design. Be sure to get good coverage, but not too globby or it will spread when pressed on the shirt.

Step 4: Flip your personal design over and stamp it on the shirt – light pressing is enough to transfer the design onto the t-shirt.

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Step 5: Gently pull up the cardboard stamp to reveal your design. If there are some areas where the paint is missing or light, you can always touch up with a paint brush.

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This makes a great gift idea for kids to make for their teachers, god parents, grandparents or friends! You could even do this craft as a group for class projects or birthday parties.

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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5 Responses to Kids Craft: How to Make a DIY Custom T-shirt

  1. Make Your Own T Shirt October 11, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    Being different seems to be the new mantra of life. In every aspect of life people especially the youth looks out for something new and different and in doing so, their attires must also speak for it. Not every time you get what you want in the shops out there. Therefore, the simple way to do this is to design your own t shirt. This gave rise to customized t shirts which are in huge demand nowadays. If you are creative, get your own designs done and get it printed.

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