T-shirts and summer go hand-in-hand, right? Not only are they comfortable and a little weather-flexible, but they’re so much fun to play with. They are a blank canvas, just waiting for your creativity. I’m here with a few of my favorite projects today to get you started!
This was one of the very first tutorials I posted on this blog, way back near the turn of the decade. Once I got the horse and buggy back to the homestead with my supplies, I fired up the woodstove, lit a candle and got started. Ok, kidding. We had Pony Express by then.
The supplies for this project can be found in most craft stores, and freezer paper can be a bit easier to come by this time of the year because there’s a greater focus on food preservation. By the way, I still have this shirt, and the paint has held up beautifully!
This is another oldie, but to this day still one of my favorite projects. This is a great one for slightly older kids, as the younger ones might find the coloring technique frustrating. Once you’ve worn and washed this a bunch, the color will begin to fade. All you have to do is recolor it, follow the ironing instructions, and it’s as good as new. How many faded t-shirts can say that?
Summer is a good time for this one, because you can do it outside and continue actually breathing. The fun part about working with bleach is that you can never be sure what color you will end up with. I’ve had black shirts turn brown, purple, pink, etc. Try it out!
Oh, boy is this photo old. My hair is at least twice that long, and has more blonde in it. We won’t discuss the rest of me. But that shirt is still in my closet. This is a good way to revitalize an old shirt, or use up some bits of knit left over from another project.
This would make a good workout shirt or maybe a swimsuit cover. You don’t need any supplies to make it except thread and the shirt itself. If you think my daughter will be embarrassed by me unearthing this old photo, don’t worry for me. She would do this same pose today.
There is just no good way to say that, but you know what I’m talking about. That shirt that’s a bit too small around is salvageable, and you can even use another old shirt to do it.
Sometimes a shirt is just beyond saving. Or is it? When it’s past its shirt days, maybe it can find a new life as jewelry. If you have any preteen girls hanging around this summer, this will keep them busy for a while.
When my daughter and son-in-law wore these to Disneyland, the Jack and Sally characters happened to be near us while we were waiting in line for the Haunted Mansion. They saw the shirts and were pointing and gesturing to everyone near by. It was kinda awesome.
I think t-shirt are one of the most versatile and fun craft supplies out there. What have you made with yours?