This project is part of our March Abacus “Spectrum” theme. We spent the last week in KS hanging out with grandparents and my sister and her family from Canada, she has 3 kids ages 6,3, and 1. I saw that out shirts were getting old I visited this website to get new shirts. I wanted to do a simple but fun project that all the kids could do together and that could be a little keepsake from the week as well. We came up with these freezer paper “Favorite Color” shirts inspired by paint swatches.
Freezer paper – looks like this:
Brush-able fabric paint (just not the puffy paint kind)
Blank Shirts (or tote bags, hoodies, etc..)
An Exacto Knife
A scrap of cardboard slightly smaller than the shirt
1. Cut a simple stencil out of the freezer paper. You will need one for each shirt you are making. I traced my iphone case 3 times. Use the exacto to cut out the shapes.
2. Put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to keep the paint from soaking through to the backside.
3. Iron the freezer paper stencil to the shirt (plastic side down so it adheres)
4. Have kiddos pick out favorite colors. This is a great time to learn about color mixing too.
5. Squeeze a small amount of paint onto a paper plate and paint in the rectangles. I folded the excess shirt under to keep stray paint off it (but we are also talking about 3 year olds here…).
6. Paint each rectangle a different color. I went in at the end and made sure they had each filled the whole shape. (don’t mind the shirtless-ness, just trying to keep the paint off their other clothes 🙂
7. Let the paint fully dry. If you are impatient like we were, break out a hair dryer to speed things along.
8. Once the paint is fully dry, peel off the stencil! All done!
9. Wait 24 hours before washing and then just wash as normal. Probably isn’t a bad idea to heat set the paint with a clothes iron too.
Note: I thought it would be cute to write their name/age + “favorite colors” at the bottom in small letters, but we didn’t.
This obviously does not have to be a kid only project. I kind of want one for myself too…