DIY T Shirt Designs for 4th of July

DIY spray painted kid's t shirt for 4th of July.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFourth of July is coming up quickly!!  Every year we participate in our communities bike parade and so we like to dress a little festive.  For the last few years we have made our own t shirts.  We make DIY t shirt designs and each boy gets a different one.  They are super excited to wear them on 4th of July.  The boys usually continue to wear them after the holiday but we don’t spend a ton of time or money on them.  They are just a fun way for my family to be patriotic and celebrate together.  

Easy iron-on kid's shirt for 4th of July.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy oldest son helped me to design his shirt.  He even fiddled around with Illustrator getting the alignment just right.  This kid sure likes things a certain way.  I wonder who he takes after with that…

Easy kid's t shirts for celebrating fourth of  July.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI found our blank t shirts at Target and both were on sale for $5 each.  Such a great price for the base piece.  I was so glad they had the colors of America in stock. 

Use spray paint for a DIY kid's 4th of July t shirt.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI used my favorite technique of spray painting on my youngest son’s shirt.  I’ve done these before and they come out messy, cool, and not as dark as if you were to use fabric paint.  I first printed out “USA” on a piece of computer paper and then made a stencil using some craft plastic.  

Make a simple stencil from craft plastic and then use spray paint to make a quick and easy 4th of July craft. //

I put a magazine in the inside of the shirt to keep the paint from seeping through.   Then I used spray adhesive to adhere the stencil to the shirt (don’t use too much or you end up with some on the shirt when you peel it off!)  I used a plastic grocery bag and tape to make sure the res of the shirt was covered and out-of-the-way of the over spray.  Then I did one pretty heavy spray of the black spray paint.  I let it dry and then removed the tape, bag and stencil.  Grab a simple blank t shirt and add a patriotic design for 4th of July.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYou can see that in some areas the spray paint seeped a little bit.  I think that works perfectly with the tie dye effect of the shirt.  I certainly wouldn’t dream of starting over just to not get those few little spots.  You can also see some of the blue showing through the letters which I think looks kind of cool.  Of course if you want a more finished product, just use normal stencils and fabric paint and carefully paint your design.

Kid's t shirt for 4th of July made easy with a simple iron on design. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnother of our go-to methods for making 4th of July shirts is to use iron ons.  My son and I first created our flag inspired design on the computer and then printed it on t shirt transfer paper for dark-colored shirts.  Then we just followed the directions on the transfer paper to iron the design on.  

Quick t shirt for fourth of July.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI love how this one came out and so did my son.  I can’t wait for them to wear these on 4th of July as we celebrate with the rest of our community!  Do you dress up for 4th of July?



Felt Heart Finger Puppets

easy felt heart finger puppet tutorialI had some felt on hand for another project and thought making some felt heart finger puppets would be pretty fun.

heart finger puppet tutorial I had intended to make them in 3 colors but well, I got lazy, I got busy, I got kids.  So just know you can make them in a variety of colors.  BTdubs, M came up with this pose all on his own.  He’s a ham.

materials for kid's valentine's craftGrab some felt (a scrap piece will work), a needle, some embroidery thread and scissors.  I cut out one side of the heart finger puppet.

felt craft for kidsThen I stacked it on a second piece of felt and cut around it as template.  This was pretty risky of me to freehand cut it.  I’m trying to not be so persnickety with my crafts.  I get all kinds of anxious wanting things to be perfect.  But you know what?  It is a finger puppet.  I need to relax. If you feel more comfortable, just use a pen to draw the outline on the second piece.

cool valentine's craft for kidsStack the two hearts and begin to sew.  Tie a knot at the end of the thread so it doesn’t pull through the felt.

easy sewed heart finger puppetDo a simple stitch around the whole finger puppet.  I’m not a sewer.  It could look better.  And you could certainly use a sewing machine.  But that isn’t my style.  Finish with a knot at the other end.

heart finger puppet thumbs upTrim the ends close to the knots.  Closer than I did in the picture above.  M gives these a thumbs up.  This fit snug on his thumb.  If I were you I would give yourself a little extra room to make sure it is easy to get on and off.  Or, I don’t know, you could do something like measure…Nah.

heart puppet shakaTurns out a shaka is a perfect pose for showing off these finger puppets…thanks Hawaiian relatives!  How cute is that face!  He’s not smiling because he’s super cute though.  He’s smiling because he was being so ornery I was almost in tears just trying to get a few good shots.  And he knew he had me right on the edge.  Good thing he is so dang cute or he would be in time out.  For, like, a year.