Last year, I saw a few people with these handprint Canada Day flag t-shirts and I knew I had to make some for my girls this year.
It was such an easy project too and only used two supplies – a white t-shirt and red fabric paint. I used two colors of fabric paint – chipotle and garnet glitter (both Martha Stewart Multi-Surface).
Before starting, make sure you have a piece of cardboard or something like that in between the two layers of the shirt – the paint WILL bleed through and you will have a nice red blob on the back of your shirt. Don’t ask me how I know this. Some shirts may or may not have been harmed in the making of this project. At least they didn’t catch fire like my last patriotic project.
To start, I painted each of my girls hands with paint. We did their left hand. I covered their hands using a foam brush and just brushed the paint on their hands. Then, she placed it in near the middle of the shirt. Press down really hard and be sure not to jiggle while your hand is down. Then, pull straight up off the shirt.
To make the bars on the side, I was going to cut rectangles out of freezer paper using my digital cutter and iron them on to create a stencil. I delayed this for several days because it seemed like a lot of work for a small project. As I was finally about to do it, the corner of my eye caught the painters tape and the seed was sown. I wonder if…
And do you know what? You can! Painters tape actually works better on t-shirts than it does on walls! It gave me a perfect straight line. Score!
I painted everything with chipotle and then went back in with the glitter paint as a topcoat. It adds just a little bit of sparkle when the light hits it.
I gotta say, the girls absolutely love their shirts – and they love it even more that they got to help make them!