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4th of July DIY Shirts

If you are looking for a fun DIY 4th of July craft to do with your kids, this is for you.   My daughter and I took an hour out of our day and whipped up some 4th of July themed tank tops for her and her friends.


All you need is some pipe cleaners, a couple of new pencils, (be sure the erasers are clean and flat); some fabric paint, paper plates and a piece of cardboard.  Most importantly, don’t forget GLITTER!  Once you pick your design, you will need to cut them out of Wax or Freezer Paper.  Once your pattern is cut out, use double-sided tape to adhere it to your shirt.  Slide your shirt onto the piece of cardboard; this will prevent the paint from seeping onto the backside of the shirt. I learned this the hard way when I did a clover for St. Patrick’s Day.


Next, just dip your pencil eraser into the paint and go to work.  I recommend starting from the middle and working your way out.  We started by working our way around the cut out using a variety of colors.  We used a flat blue, red and white and glitter blue, red, white and silver.  From start to finish, including prep time, we finished out first shirt in 15 minutes.  We added a little extra glitter and set it aside to dry.  It’s okay if your paint fades out towards the outer edges of the shirt.


We did two different star patterns – a single star and a double star pattern.  Be sure to remove your pattern as soon as you finish and carefully peel off.  A rule of thumb, please do not use computer paper or construction paper as they will stick to your shirt and peeling them off will ruin the pattern and/or  pieces will be stuck on the shirt.  Yes, I learned this too the hard way on my St. Patrick’s Day shirt.


Our final shirt was my daughters favorite.   You will need four pipe cleaners to make the firework designs.  Fold them in half and twist from the middle point about half way down.  Spread the pipe cleaner out and separate.  We made two different size pipe cleaner fireworks.  For our paint, 3 different colors were used; blue, red, and a mixture of blue, red, and white.

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I would recommend doing one firework and adding glitter immediately.  The glitter will adhere to any heavy areas of paint.  Be careful when placing the pipe cleaner onto the shirt.  You will need to press down each “leg”.  Moms you may want to help your little one with this to prevent any smudges.


Everyone will be asking where you got your shirts.  Enjoy!!

Chantile is a wife and stay at home mom to an amazing little girl. She is active in her daughters school, enjoys volunteering and is always looking for her next marathon or triathlon to tackle
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  1. Absolutely love this idea……..u have given me soooo much ideas of what to do n where to go with my kids. ….i cant thank u enough……thanku thank u!!!!!! 😉

  2. If you cut the patterns out of freezer paper, you can simply iron your design (wax side down) to your shirt – peels right off when you’re done painting 🙂

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