Summer is ending and fall is just around the corner. There are fresh produce stands popping up on roadsides and farmers’ markets in the downtown square to take advantage of. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is good for your health, but can also be made into a great afternoon craft. We love to hunt around on the net for great ideas for t-shirt crafts. Check out this one from familyfun.com.
- Fruits and vegetables
- Paper towels
- Plastic bag
- Pre-washed cotton T-shirt
- Fabric paints
- Plastic plates
- Slice the fruits and vegetables in half and place them cut side down on paper towels. Just about any fresh produce will do, although juicy ones, like oranges or even onions, should be allowed to dry for 15 minutes or so. Meanwhile, wrap the plastic bag around the cardboard and slip it inside the shirt.
- Pour some fabric paint onto the plastic plates and practice making prints by dipping the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable into the paint and then pressing it onto newspaper. When ready, print directly on the shirt.
- Once the paint dries, remove the cardboard. Then heat-set the design and launder the shirt according to the paint manufacturer’s directions.
Play around with different types of fruits and vegetables for unique patterns. After stamping, let the t-shirts dry and do a little embellishing with fabric markers. (see top picture) Here are a few ideas to get you started: “The Apple of Daddy’s Eye (Or Mommy’s)“; “I’m Bananas For You!” Or just let your kids add silly faces to the fruit to make it personalized. There really is no limit! Our kids t-shirts are the perfect choice for fabric paint projects. This project would also work well on our infant tees, rompers, and infant bodysuits.