Easy 4th of July kids shirt (Memorial Day too!)

Found some white shirts at Target on clearance. Thought we would make a quick craft this weekend. 4th of July is not too far off.

I used wax paper, and placed it inside of the shirt before painting. So that  it will prevent any paint bleeding through to the other side while it dried.

I used FolkArt Acrylic paint. When dried and heat set it will be permanent on the T-Shirt.

I put each color on its own styrofoam plate. Red / White & Blue of course.

My daughter LOVED having her hand painted. I put on a very generous amount of paint. I did it quickly. Once I put all the colors on I went over it a 2nd time before it dried on her hand.

You have to paint the flag backwards on your little ones hand so that when you reverse it on the shirt it is going the correct way.

I instructed her to keep her fingers together and do no pull up till mommy tells you to.  She is very good with instructions if I tell her what will happen if she does. Clears the air for any mistakes that may happen. So once she put her hand down, we pressed it hard into the shirt. Pressing each finger down well and her entire hand.

I am so pleased with it. I wish the white showed up a bit better but I am not sure how to have fixed that unless I did this on another color shirt.

Once the shirt dried about an hour, leaving the wax paper inside, I put the iron on medium heat and went over the flag to heat set it. I held it in place heating it in 10 second intervals. I did this 4-5 times. Making sure I heat set that shirt very well. It will keep the paint from coming off when washed.

She is so proud of her shirt. (As am I) We love it. And will look great to wear on the 4th of July. I am pretty sure she will tell everyone she sees that she made it. And that is all that matters. 🙂


After I took the photos of her- we went back and added glitter paint to the flag. Much happier. (SHE IS TOO) Glitter = Happiness.

So the white stands out a bit more with the glitter paint. We painted it, let it dry and ironed it again.

Hard to see the glitter paint.. why bother taking a photo..

Can you see the sparkles now? 🙂



31 Responses to Easy 4th of July kids shirt (Memorial Day too!)
  1. LV
    May 23, 2011 | 10:04 am

    yay for cuteness! totally going to do this. I think I will even make matt do it minus the glitter..maybe I will use antiquey colors on his!

  2. Tiffany
    May 23, 2011 | 11:13 am

    I really like this, and the glitter too. I think my 4yo will get a kick out of it as well. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Alison @ Momma Did It
    May 24, 2011 | 12:13 am

    What a sweet shirt! My kids would love that they got to wear their hand print!

  4. Lori/ Beneath the Rowan Tree
    May 24, 2011 | 9:10 am

    This is brilliant! Love the idea, so personal and fun!
    I would love to have you share this on our weekly playdate party!
    Link: http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-and-improved-playdate-link-party.html

    Come & Join the Playdate!

  5. Condo Blues
    May 24, 2011 | 9:17 am

    I love this so much I Stumbled it. If I had little ones, we’d make them for the whole family. How cute would that be as holiday wear?

  6. MommyDigger.com
    May 24, 2011 | 7:10 pm

    This is adorable! Great idea, thank you for sharing 🙂

    I’m a new follower from the Creative Tuesday blog hop! Please stop on by and follow me at http://www.mommydigger.com and say hello 🙂

  7. Dee
    May 24, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    OMG!!! How cute! I love this idea. I might have to do this with my daughter.
    Love, love!!!
    I am hosting a blog event in support of the troops over at my blog. Hope you can come on over.

  8. Elizabeth
    May 24, 2011 | 11:21 pm

    Making this tomorrow with my son (6), nephew (4), and daughter (2). I bought grey tshirts for the boys…and will use the glitter for my daughter. Thank you so much for this idea!!! LOVE IT!

  9. Laura
    May 25, 2011 | 12:23 am

    What a fun idea! I might have to let my kids make some matching shirts for 4th of July.

    I’d love if you shared your shirt at my Summer Fun Party. I’m sure others would love it too.


  10. kristy.lynn
    May 27, 2011 | 7:36 pm

    i love this shirt! so cute! thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Jo (@boogaloo)
    May 27, 2011 | 9:54 pm

    Super cute!

  12. Lindsay
    May 31, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Cute shirt! Maybe if all the fingers were red, the white could just be the spaces in between?

  13. Lindsey
    May 31, 2011 | 1:46 pm

    That is such a fun idea for the kids! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  16. Michelle
    June 10, 2011 | 11:08 pm

    So cute! I may have to make these on little gray shirts for my boys! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  17. Randi
    June 13, 2011 | 10:47 pm

    What a cute idea!

  18. Laura
    June 13, 2011 | 10:49 pm

    This is a fabulous idea! Please stop by http://www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I’m your newest follower!

  19. CrafterBerly
    June 14, 2011 | 12:31 pm

    That’s adorable! I have some friends who will get a kick out of this.

  20. Miranda
    June 20, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    Question I am kind of new to the craft stuff here. We painted the shirts and everything. Now to heat set it what exactly do I need to do. Thanks so much.

  21. kathryn Jenkins
    June 21, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    now that is cool! great idea, so creative. love coming by your blog!

    twitter: kathblogger

  22. Jo
    June 24, 2011 | 9:39 am

    I’d love for you to share this at Fun For Kids Friday. So cute!


    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  23. Mimi
    June 24, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    That shirt is almost as adorable as your precious girl! I have always loved things made with kids handprints. So special!
    Glad you shared!

  24. Clutterhome
    June 25, 2011 | 8:44 am

    These is a really cute idea! I’m a Girl Scout leader for a troop of all military-family girls, and I think I’m going to have them use this idea to make 4th of July cards to send to their deployed parents. I think they’ll love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Whipperberry’s Friday Flair!

  25. Debbie Painter
    July 6, 2011 | 5:35 am

    This has got to be one of the cutest/best idea, I have ever seen!!! Love it!!! Thanks so much for sharing it!!!

  26. Kelly
    May 14, 2012 | 5:14 pm

    Those are the cutest shirts I have ever seen! If anyone needs free fourth of July coloring pages for kids to make there’s some good ones at http://www.thecolor.com/Category/Coloring/Fourth%20Of%20July.aspx?holiday

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