Staycation Crafts for Kids: Patriotic T-Shirt

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Staycation Crafts for Kids - Patriotic t-shirt

Staycation Crafts for Kids – Week 2

Design a t-shirt that’s one of a kind using masking tape and fabric paints. You’ll be all set for your 4th of July Festivities.

patriotic t-shirt collage

We were inspired by this 2008 post by Joann for this year’s t-shirt project. Be sure to visit her site to see the really cute t-shirts her family made – they all match, but yet their uniquely individual! She has a great set of process photos to refer to, also.


You will need the following items to make this Staycation project – available at Ben Franklin Crafts!

  • White t-shirt – washed and dried
  • Masking tape
  • Self-adhesive stars
  • Americana Multi Surface Satin paint – red and blue
  • Ceramcoat Textile Medium
  • Popsicle stick

You will also need:

  • Container for mixing paint and textile medium
  • Sponge pieces to paint with
  • Container to hold paint (we used a paper plate)
  • Cardboard – large enough to stretch shirt over
  1. Put cardboard inside of the t-shirt. Wrap the arms and bottom around to the back and tape in place.
  2. Use masking tape to mark off a rectangle along the sides and bottom of the shirt. Connect the sides with another piece of tape that goes right under the neck binding.
  3. Use masking tape and adhesive stars to create shirt design.
  4. Use popsicle stick to firmly rub along the edges of stars and tape so no paint sneaks under.
  5. Mix paint and textile medium as indicated on the bottle. Squirt a small amount of paint into container and use sponge to paint sections of shirt as desired.
  6. Allow shirt to dry for 2 hours before removing tape and stars.
  7. Turn the shirt inside out and place paper towels or a pressing cloth between the painted design and back of shirt. Iron on the wrong side to heat set the paint.
  8. Wash shirt in cold water and hang to dry, if possible.

We would love to see a picture of your finished Patriotic T-Shirt! Upload your photo to our Facebook page.

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