I’ve been totally sucked into Pinterest. Seriously, there’s just so much to take in there and so many ideas I want to try. I’ll never have time to get around to all of them… but last week we did finally try one craft project I found there. We made t-shirts using just sandpaper and crayons! It was so easy and the kids (both boys and girl!) really enjoyed it. Plus, the project ate up a nice chunk of the morning, which is always a positive in the final weeks of summer vacation. 😉 Here’s what you’ll need:
- a sheet of sandpaper (finer grit is better)
- crayons (older ones are good to use for this since the sandpaper is not nice to the crayons!)
- scrap paper to place inside shirt while ironing
First, draw and color the artwork RIGHT ON the rough side of the sandpaper. You want to get a LOT of crayon on there so there’s plenty to melt onto the shirt. I went over their designs with the crayons myself to make sure they had pushed hard enough and had adequate crayon on there.
Connor and Jack drew Pokemon characters and Cate did a girly rainbow. Of course.
Next, iron the design onto the tees. I put my iron on the highest setting and placed a sheet of printer paper inside the shirt to make sure the crayon didn’t bleed through the front to the back. Then just lay the sandpaper artwork facedown on the shirt and iron on the back on the sandpaper. I kept ironing until the wax from the crayons started to seep through the back of the sandpaper. I knew then I had that area hot enough and the color was transferred. After I removed the sandpaper, I ran the iron gently over the front of the tee just to set the crayon one more time.
They turned out so cute! I wish I had a photo of them, but no one wanted to pose for me. The texture from the sandpaper comes through with the color, so it makes the design look really cool. The kids have all worn the shirts already and they’re in the laundry. Maybe I’ll get a photo of them this week!