Father’s Day is fast approaching. We’ve already sorted out our gifts for D – which I won’t be revealing here. Don’t want to ruin any surprises! But Austin, Gwen and I did make some fine stencilled t-shirts for his birthday back in October, which could serve just as well as Father’s Day presents.
So, here’a step-by-step guide to our Father’s Day t-shirts, just in case you were looking for a little weekend project. They are so simple, that almost any pre-schooler could do it. Even little Gwen (2 at the time) was able to make one, with only a little assistance.
1. Buy a couple of cheap t-shirts
We found some in Peacocks for only £2.99 each. At that price, if the paint ends up splodging all over the t-shirt, it’s not the end of the world.
2. Set out your materials: fabric paint, cardboard for stencils
If you don’t have enough cardboard to make a stencil big enough, local shops might have spare boxes they’d be happy to give away (as you can see, our local convenience store had just received a delivery of eggs….). Carefully cut out the cardboard into the shape you’d like (one for a grown-up, this). There are plenty of child-friendly fabric paints on the market; ours were from Sainsburys, and came in handy squeezable tubes.
3. Sellotape the cardboard stencils to the t-shirts, then set the little ones to work
4. Remove the stencils, and hang the t-shirts up to dry
Bingo. D loved his surprise presents; the fact that we bought one short-sleeved and one long-sleeve t-shirt means he can wear his Ds all year round.
Have you made anything for Father’s Day? If you’d like some more ideas or inspiration, why not check out my Pinterest Board.