Bug T-shirt

My daughter loves to make anything she can actually wear. Fabric paints are definitely a favorite of hers. For this project, we used some recycled goods to create a super cute bug print t-shirt.

  1. Ages: 1 - 5

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. Messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We used different-sized lids and tops to stamp bug shapes on the t-shirt. Tulip fabric paints work best for stamping, but for the details on each bug, puffy paint worked great.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    First I placed a sheet of cardboard in between the t-shirt layers to keep them from sticking. Emma got to work creating her bugs. She used a paper roll to stamp butterfly wings. You can give it a squeeze to get that wing shape.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Larger lids made for the perfect ladybug body, while a smaller drink bottle cap was a great little bug head. I loved seeing Emma get creative with these new art materials -- all right from our recycle bin.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Done!

    We let our t-shirt dry overnight, but as soon as it was dry it was put right on! You can use this style of stamping with regular paints and paper as well.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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