Two 4th of July T-Shirt Designs to Celebrate Independence Day!
Make Two Patriotic T-Shirts for Two Sisters!
Although I made these t-shirts for two sisters, the designs would actually work well for kids of any age. Even little children could paint their own with this design and give them as gifts!
What You'll Need
- 2 White T-Shirts: Be sure to get the correct sizes and to wash and dry them before painting. The sizing in the new fabric can prevent the paints from setting correctly.
- Red, Blue, and Gold Craft/Fabric Paints: I used craft paints for these designs. VirginiaLynne offered a good tip: Putting textile medium into any paint turns it into fabric paint!
- 3 Paper Plates
- Paintbrushes: I needed one for fine lines and one for filling in larger areas.
- Assorted Star-shaped Cookie Cutters
- Paper: You'll use this to protect your work surface.
- Paper: You'll need a different type of paper to insert between the front and back of the shirts while you're painting. I just used a sheet of junk mail for these small shirts. You can do the same, but do not use newsprint!
- New Cardstock: Make sure it's unprinted so you can use it to insert in the shirts for ironing.
- White Tissue Paper
1. A Scattering of Stars
- Think through the design you want to paint. It might be helpful to draw it out on paper so you can scale it properly.
- Begin by inserting junk mail paper inside the shirt and positioning it where your design will be painted. I painted mine freehand and let it grow as I went along. This was a good thing because I had a paint spill in the middle of the project.
- Put red paint on a paper plate and "load" your smallest cookie cutter by using it like a stamp on a stamp pad. I left enough space between the first small stars to fill in around them with the larger cookie cutters.
- Began adding blue dots.
- When I started to go back in with medium-sized red stars I spilled the paint. Yes, right on that shirt!
- I simply used that size star to make solid-colored ones, beginning on the blotched spot.
- After the red stars are filled in, use the fine-liner paintbrush to go over the blue stars again.
- Begin adding more dots and using gold paint to make small stars. I tried not to make a pattern of them but worked to make sure they were random.
- When the gold stars were on the red ones, the shirt called for more gold. Solitary gold stars and gold dots on top of the red and blue ones seemed to finish this project well.
- After I hung it to dry, I realized it needed a little more balance with some pizzazz. I added small blue stars to the gold ones which were on the red stars and small blue stars on top of the small red stars until I was satisfied. Thankful, too, that the spill did not have to ruin the project!
I hung the shirt to dry for before the ironing process and went to work on the next tee shirt.
2. Bold and Beautiful Stars
- Again, think your design through ahead of time, even if you want to have a random look for the finished project. Consider how the colors will work together and how you want the design scaled.
- As with the 3T shirt, I put the junk mail in place to protect the back of the shirt in case paint bleeds through the front.
- Using the star and paint on a paper plate like a stamp and stamp pad again, I arranged red stars, leaving enough room to add the same size in blue.
- I began filling out the design by adding blue stars and red dots.
After this one dried, it was time to finish both projects.
Make Sure to Finish the 4th of July Shirts With This Step!
The craft paint I used is permanent on porous items, but on clothing, it needs to be steam ironed to set it correctly before washing. Even so, washing by hand in cold water is a good idea for these intense colors.
- Put a clean piece of cardstock paper under the design inside the shirt.
- Heat the iron to the steam setting.
- Put white tissue paper over the painted areas.
- Steam iron the shirts in sections for 60-second intervals. Press well, and do not hurry. The paint needs time to flatten and set up.
- I went over my designs twice.
- Peel tissue paper off when the design is ironed well.
- Take the card stock out of the t-shirt.
- Hang the shirt up to cool and dry for an hour or so.
- Check to make sure the paint is not tacky before folding it for gift giving.