By Anneliese and the creative young brood at Aestheticnest.com
Here’s a craft project that lets your little ones make their mark in a way that wouldn’t normally be allowed – by scribbling the first initial of their names on their t-shirts.
The kids can get creative with their favorite colors – using bright, easy-to-use fabric markers – scribbling within the confines of a simple homemade stencil cut in the shape of each child’s letter.
What You Will Need:
- a white cotton t-shirt (a polyester blend may also work)
- freezer paper
- Stained by Sharpie Brush Tip Fabric Markers
- exacto knife or scissors
Start by printing out an initial to use as your template. I used the font “Rockwell Extra Bold” at 600pt.
Trace the initial onto your freezer paper, keeping the paper dull side up.
You’ll want plenty of white space around the letter to protect the shirt from the scribbles that go outside the lines.
Cut out the initial to form the stencil. An X-acto knife or craft knife would work very well, but sharp scissors can also be used in pinch.
Iron the freezer paper stencil onto the t-shirt centering it as best you can–unless you want it otherwise, which could be cool too.
Note: Letters such as “A” with a hole or shape floating in the middle will require you to cut out that little triangle or circle and position it on the shirt after adhering the outline of the letter.
Now start doodling, or scribbling or making some other pattern with the markers. I tried some neon dashes.
My girls just went for it with generous scribbling. I think more is more on this project–pile on the scribbles! (It took a minute for them to get the idea that they were to draw on the exposed shirt, not the paper, but they got it.)
When you (or your child artist) feel the project is finished, just peel off the freezer paper and it really is finished!
You’ll love the way the crisp edge of the letter encloses all the scribbles – and the kids will love wearing their original, designed-by-me clothing.
About the Author: Anneliese, from the Aesthetic Nest blog, is the mother of three daughters. Her girls are often the inspiration for, and the beneficiaries of, their mother’s passion for planning parties, painting, sewing, knitting and crocheting. Aesthetic Nest offers free tutorials and a visual feast of expressive style. You’ll also find delightful patterns and printables from Anneliese at Aesthetic Nest on Etsy.