Summer Crafts 4 Kids Tutorial: Patriotic T-Shirt

Lynda LaugavitzCrafts, DIY Projects, Kid's Crafts

patriotic t-shirt tutorial

Design and paint a patriotic t-shirt with a fun sponge painting technique. You’ll be all set for the 4th of July!

Like every year, we were so incredibly impressed with the amazing creativity we saw with our t-shirt makers. Everyone approached the design for this project a little differently, but everyone ended up with an awesome patriotic t-shirt. This is definitely a project for all ages to enjoy!


You will need the following items to make this Summer Crafts 4 Kids project – available at Ben Franklin Crafts!

  • 1 – white t-shirt
  • Acrylic paint: red & blue
  • Ceramcoat Textile Medium
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors

You will also need:

  • Freezer paper
  • Small cup to hold paint
  • Sponge pieces
  • Newspaper to protect your work surface and to place between shirt layers
  • Iron and ironing board
stars to cutout

Click here to print this sheet of stars. Cutout the sizes you want and trace as many as you’ll use on freezer paper.

paper stars on tshirt

Fold and place sheets of newspaper and/or cardboard between the layers of your shirt. Apply masking tape in stripes below the arms of your shirt. Leave at least 1″ between masking tape stripes. Arrange stars with the shiny side down on the top part of your shirt.

iron freezer paper stars on tshirt

Have an adult help iron the stars in place. The stars will stick until you peel them off.

painting tshirts

Mix acrylic paint and textile medium together according to bottle directions. Use a sponge and a “tap-tap-tap” technique to apply the paint and textile medium mixture.

tshirt painting 2

Continue applying color until you’re satisfied with the results.

paint on freezer paper

When you peel off the freezer paper stars and tape, you’ll see the white shape left unpainted.

Allow the completed shirt to dry for 24 hours before wearing. Turn inside out to wash. Line drying will help to keep the paint looking new longer.

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Coming up next: Summer Wind Chimes

View all of our 2019 Summer Crafts 4 Kids Projects here.