Sandpaper and crayon printed t-shirts are the best. I love that kids can design and make their own t-shirts with things you likely have in your home right now. I made them when I was a kid and can’t wait for my kiddos to be old enough to enjoy the process. Currently Maxwell, does not like coloring with crayons, he wants Sharpies. Go figure. Until then, I will happily craft with crayon and sandpaper alone. My blog friends Angie from Country Chic Cottage and Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts host a Craft Lightning blog hop a few times a year. It’s all about crafts that take 15 minutes or less to make. Fast crafts are my favorite, so whip out your supplies and make a cute patriotic t-shirt in less than 15 minutes!
It’s fair to note, that the time it takes to make sandpaper and crayon transfer t-shirts depends on the complexity of the design. A few simple doodle stars can absolutely be done in 15 minutes.
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Materials Needed for Sandpaper and Crayon T-Shirts:
- White t-shirt: I got white t-shirts at Hobby Lobby for 30% off of $2.99!
- Sandpaper: The higher the grit, the more texture you will see on the t-shirt. I used 220 grit because that’s what we had in the garage. Let the kids experiment with other grits of sandpaper!
- Crayons: I think Crayola work best!
- Thin dish towel or paper towel
- Cereal box or peice of cardboard
How to Make Sandpaper and Crayon T-shirts:
First, decide on a design. I went with super simple doodle style stars for 4th of July. Use crayons to color your design directly onto the sandpaper. Go over the design a few times in crayon. The thicker the crayon the better. I like to cut the design out so I have more control over exactly where it ends up on the t-shirt. Next, it’s time for a t-shirt/ sandpaper sandwich. Place the cereal box inside the t-shirt, then the sandpaper crayon side down on to the t-shirt. Place the thin dish towel on top of the sandpaper, and use a hot iron to press the crayon design onto the t-shirt for about 60 seconds. I like to do a sneak peek and check to be sure the design transferred correctly before taking the sandpaper off completely.
Don’t forget, if you use letters or numbers make sure to reverse them on the sandpaper. Here’s a close up of a star transfer. Oh and you can use the sandpaper designs more than once. Just be sure to reapply a thick coat of crayon before using the same design again.
Bring on the patriotic holidays!
As long as you trust your child with an iron, they can make sandpaper and crayon printed t-shirts. As for washing, the crayon design will fade after machine washing. But, I think they’re still cute even faded!
If you’re looking for another fun patriotic kid craft, check out this American flag made out of paint chips! Have you ever made sandpaper and crayon transfer tees? It’s a perfect craft to beat the “I’m bored” summer blues!