Father’s Day stencilled t-shirts

stencilled t-shirts

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.

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The finished product, modelled by Dad and mini-artists

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

stencilled t-shirtsIf 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

stencilled t-shirtsThis is the fun bit. If you want the t-shirts to be super-neat, you could always tuck the edges under the stencil, so only the pattern (a ‘D’ in this case) gets painted.


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.

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Have you made anything for Father’s Day? If you’d like some more ideas or inspiration, why not check out my Pinterest Board.


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