The Fourth of July is a time of celebration, fireworks, and creating lasting memories with your family. If you're looking for a fun and creative craft to do with your kids before the big day, we've got just the thing for you! In this blog post, we'll walk you through a delightful craft activity that involves using black or white t-shirts, fabric paint in red, white, and blue (with the added excitement of glitter fabric paint if you prefer), and a puffer ball with soft, squishy spikes. The end result? Unique and eye-catching t-shirts that your children will proudly wear to Independence Day celebrations, showing off their artistic skills!
1. White or Black t-shirts
2.Fabric paint in red, white, and blue (glitter paint is optional)
3.Puffer ball with soft, squishy spikes
4.Open cardboard produce box or similar surface to stretch the t-shirt over
5.Disposable plates for pouring the fabric paint
6.Mild detergent for washing the shirts
1.Wash the shirts:
Before starting the craft, it's essential to wash the t-shirts to remove any sizing or chemicals that might interfere with the fabric paint's adhesion. Follow the washing instructions on the shirt's label, using a mild detergent. Once washed, let the shirts dry completely.
2.Prepare the workspace:
Set up your crafting area by laying out an open produce box or a similar flat surface (I just asked for one at checkout at Costco). This will help provide a good surface area for stamping the t-shirts and also keep the mess contained.
3.Gather the materials:
Make sure you have all the necessary materials ready and easily accessible. Place the fabric paint colors of red, white, and blue on separate disposable plates.
4.Stretch the t-shirt:
Take the t-shirt and carefully stretch it over the produce box, ensuring it lies flat and taut. This will provide a stable canvas for stamping the paint. **You want to opt for a smaller cardboard box, as you don’t want to over-stretch your t-shirt**.
5.Dip the puffer ball:
Take the puffer ball with soft, squishy spikes and dip it into one of the fabric paint colors. Gently press the ball onto the t-shirt, creating a stamping effect reminiscent of a firework burst. Repeat this step with different colors and in various locations on the t-shirt to create an exciting and vibrant design.
6.Let it dry:
Allow the fabric paint to dry completely. It is recommended to let the t-shirts dry overnight to ensure the paint sets properly. This will ensure that your kids' masterpieces stay intact and look stunning when worn.
Add glitter paint: If you want to add an extra touch of sparkle to the design, you can use glitter fabric paint. Simply apply it to the stamped areas or create additional accents around the firework bursts. Let the glitter paint dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Working with the fabric paint to create our firework t-shirts is a blast, truly a hands-on, colorful experience. Sure, it can get a bit messy with paint sometimes finding its way onto our fingers, but that's all part of the fun! We've found a simple solution - keeping a ScrubBEE ready by the sink. Once we're done with our artistry, a quick scrub-up leaves our hands free of paint, ready for the next Independence Day adventure!
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed making these throughout the years. Even my teenager was excited to make one this year, which just melts my heart. I love that these crafts have morphed into a family tradition or memory and I hope someday that my children will want to make them with their own children. So, why not give it a try this Fourth of July? Get your hands a little messy, let your creativity run wild, and create some memorable family moments.
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