I've made t-shirts for my kids and my niece, and last night Jackson and I worked on a new Spiderman top for him, seeing as his wardrobe was lacking the appropriate attire needed to emulate summer's most popular superhero (that is until the new Batman movie comes out later this week). He fashioned some Peter Parker-esque glasses from leftover movie theater 3D ones, and they become the accessory du jour on Saturday for both boys.
- printed image
- freezer paper
- an x-acto knife
- an iron
- a piece of cardboard
- fabric paint
- foam paint brush
Here's the how-to:
- Find an online image that you like and print it off. Tape the piece of paper to a table, and tape a piece of freezer paper over top of that. Using the pencil, trace the image onto the freezer paper, and cut the image out using the x-acto knife.
- Heat an iron and fuse the freezer paper stencil to the t-shirt (shiny side down) taking care to place it where you would like it to go. Lay a small piece of cardboard between the front and back of the t-shirt (so the paint doesn't seep through to the back of the shirt) and fill in the stencil with the fabric paint. A foam bruch works well for this application.
- Let the paint dry and apply a second coat to the shirt. If you happen to have very impatient children working with you on this project, you can speed up the drying process by using a blowdryer.
- Peel the freezer paper away from the shirt and toss it in the dryer for 20 minutes to set the paint.