We’re stamping up t-shirts to make a super cool designer-style tee! Pick your favorite stamp, get a plain light-colored t-shirt and start decorating! Kids love to see how their new creation comes out and they’ll want to wear their painted t-shirt everyday.
Oh look, another post where Heather paints something random with acrylic paint! What can I say, acrylic paint is one of the cheapest and most versatile art/craft supplies around! This time, we’re painting t-shirts and onesies. You don’t need anything special to paint clothing – don’t bother checking out the fabric paint section at your craft store. You can use that regular old acrylic craft paint, and it will stay permanent and vibrant!
My three year-old son and I had fun decorating t-shirts with this vintage stamp set we have. We even decorated a onesie for his new brother. I like the effect of the imperfect stamping en masse. Pattern is such a great element of design – repetition makes things intentional! This shirt reminds me of some of the surf-inspired t-shirts kids were wearing in the late 80s, early 90s when I was in grade school and junior high.
You can use this technique on new clothes, or use it to spruce up stained clothes (disguise the stains under paint!) — great for kids’ clothes that have seen better days!
Acrylic paint will stay permanent on clothing. Once it dries and is heat set with a dryer or iron, it’s there forever. Make sure you DON’T use washable acrylic paint! It won’t work for this project.
- T-shirt, on hand or $1
- Acrylic craft paint, about $.50 per bottle or on hand
- Stamps, on hand
- Iron or clothes dryer, on hand
Stamp or otherwise make a print on a t-shirt using acrylic craft paint.
When paint is dry, throw it into the clothes dryer until dry to heat set, or if you prefer to iron, put a thin dishtowel over garment and iron (no steam) until dry.
The paint should be fixed on the garment now! They’re ready to wear their favorite new painted t-shirt everyday!