12/18/13

DIY Christmas Shirt for Kids

I grew up making t-shirts. Children of the 80's remember the power of "Puffy Paint" on blank shirt. One of my favorite birthdays as a child was the one where my friends and I all decorated shirts for our 'party activity'. And things haven't changed.  Now I am using my paint skills to DIY Christmas shirts for my kids!


With Christmas fast approaching, now is a great time to make a few shirts with your kids. If you have littles, considering doing it at night while they are sleeping :) And for those bigger ones, enlist their help. Decorating shirts is the perfect activity to do during Christmas break. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. DIY Boutique Holiday Shirts- Purchase 'shimmer sheets' by Tulip at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Then cut the sheets into any shape desired using a stencil or shape (like this santa claus or reindeer) and then iron it on!
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2. Snowman T-Shirt- Buy a white shirt and use black buttons and orange fabric paint or orange fabric to create a cute snowman face.
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3. Make a Glitter Tree on a Kids Shirt- This shape is simple enough, just zig zag back and forth with glitter fabric paint to create a triangle. Then add dots for ornaments.
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4. Lace Christmas Tree Shirt- This would be fabulous for kids or adults, use "heat and bond" to turn a triangle of lace into an iron on. Hand-sew the sequins on for ornaments.
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5. DIY Christmas Onesie- Baby needs a fun top too. Find your fabric favorite and trace a shape using cookie cutters or images found online (like this ornament). Then use heat and bond to iron your shape directly on the onesie. Add cute socks or a tutu to complete the outfit.
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6. Ribbon and Ric-Rac Christmas Tree Shirt- Cut ribbon and ric-rac into various lengths. Then sew or use 'stitch witchery' to affix it to your shirt.
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7. Santa Claus Shirt- Even Kris Kringle would like this one- get a red turtleneck and use 'shimmer sheets' from Tulip to make the shapes. Cut a few circles and rectangles, then iron them on!
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8. Reindeer Shirt (or Apron)-  These are done on an apron, but could easily be made using a tshirt too. Use fabric paint to stamp your child's foot print and both hand prints. Embellish with sew-on accessories for the eyes, nose and mouth, or just paint them on!
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9. Handprint Christmas Tree Shirt- Trace your child's hands on fabric, then cut them out. Sew the hands on your shirt in the shape of a tree. Don't sew? Just use 'heat and bond' and your iron is all you will need!
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10. Reindeer Face Shirt- Get a brown shirt and paint on eyes, antlers and a nose. You could also use fabric cut into shapes and then sew it on or attach with 'heat and bond'.
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11. Vintage Santa Shirt- Create an image and then print it on your favorite 'iron on transfer' paper from your home printer. The Graphics Fairy has some adorable free clip art you can download. Then just use PicMonkey to add text and edit the photo. Be aware that some transfer paper require you to 'reverse' the image so it looks like you are ironing it on backwards. You can reverse the image in PicMonkey too. I made shirts for my girls and then added skirts- making them 'tshirt dresses' like this {HERE}.

Feel free to use the image I created using art from The Graphics Fairy. Just print and iron-on!
Use this one if your transfer paper requires a reversed image. 

12. Modern Christmas Tree Shirt (or Apron) - Hand paint a fun tree on a shirt or apron. The gold star and polka dots on this make it cute enough for adults too!
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13. Christmas Light Onesie- Use your favorite fabric or paint to create this look. Cut shapes and sew or hand-paint light bulbs along a cord.
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Part of what makes a DIY Shirt great it the 'blank' you put your design on. I like using plain shirts from Target or Walmart, they usually cost around $5. Blank dresses are also super cute-- I like the ones from Hobby Lobby or sites like KidsBlanks.

Which DIY Christmas Shirt idea is your favorite?

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