Day 1 of March Break – creating custom t-shirts with sandpaper and crayons.

Easy and inexpensive.

The shirts were $3.50 at Michael’s, the crayons we already had and the sandpaper is a basic staple in this house – but you can pick up a package at most dollar stores.

First off – invite a few friends and their amazingly crafty Moms over for the event.

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Have the kids colour whatever they want on to the sandpaper.

The lower the grit the more ‘textured’ your sandpaper crayon t-shirt image will be.  The finer the grit, the more ‘smooth’.
(We used 180 grit for our crafting session)

The kids will have to go over their image until the crayon is really thick and dark – this is the wax that will be melted onto the shirt.  Too little and the image will be really washed out.  PRESS HARD!

Sandpaper crayon t-shirts, fabric printing with crayons, crayon & sandpaper t-shirts, kids crafts, crafting with kids

 We had a few MineCraft fans over, so there was a large “Creeper” showing on our sandpaper crayon t-shirts.

Note: if you decide to do words, you need to remember to write them inverted/backwards so that when the sandpaper is flipped over and ironed, the image will appear correctly on the shirt.

Sandpaper crayon t-shirts, fabric printing with crayons, crayon & sandpaper t-shirts, kids crafts, crafting with kids

Sandpaper crayon t-shirts, fabric printing with crayons, crayon & sandpaper t-shirts, kids crafts, crafting with kids


Then, while one ‘Craft Mom’ serves up her amazing snacks:

Rainbow fruit kabobs
Rainbow kebab courtesy of “Amazing Amy”
   
have the other ‘Crafty Mom’ iron the crayon images on to the t-shirts.

Make sure you have newspaper between the layers of shirt or the wax might melt through to the other side.

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The kids were so excited to see the sandpaper peeled off and their image appear underneath.

I have to admit, I was just as excited standing there watching them.

Check these amazing sandpaper crayon t-shirts:

Sandpaper crayon t-shirts, fabric printing with crayons, crayon & sandpaper t-shirts, kids crafts, crafting with kids

 I think it’s amazing that an 8-year-old was able to figure out how to write “MineCraft” as a mirror image!

And look at this adorableness below.

Sandpaper crayon t-shirts, fabric printing with crayons, crayon & sandpaper t-shirts, kids crafts, crafting with kids

I don’t think I’d let my girls wear this – I’d immediately frame it – it’s just too cute for words!

From here you iron again with a piece of paper towel over to soak up any excess wax.

Dry it in the dryer for 20 minutes to set the image and then wash your sandpaper crayon t-shirts by themselves the first time; just in case any wax does come off.

We took it a step further and added a bit of fabric puffy paint to ours:

Sandpaper crayon t-shirts, fabric printing with crayons, crayon & sandpaper t-shirts, kids crafts, crafting with kids

 Madison’s Creeper needed a couple of flowers in its hair – duh Mom!

Sandpaper crayon t-shirts, fabric printing with crayons, crayon & sandpaper t-shirts, kids crafts, crafting with kids

 

Custom shirts, rainbow kebabs and wait until you see the sumo pillow fight that followed!

Seriously – frame this one:

Sandpaper crayon t-shirts, fabric printing with crayons, crayon & sandpaper t-shirts, kids crafts, crafting with kids

Have a great one!

 

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