How to Make a Handprint T-Shirt for Mothers Day Gifts
Mothers Day Gifts
It’s that time of year again – for Mothers Day gifts. My mom is no longer with us, so I no longer have to shop for or make gifts for Mothers Day. I wish I did, as I always enjoyed showing my appreciation to my wonderful mother. Now I’m a happy recipient only. I have three grown daughters and nine grandchildren, so I usually make a pretty good “haul” on my special day. Of course, hubby always gives me something, too. If you’re stumped coming up with Mothers Day gift ideas this year, or if you don’t have much extra money lying around, consider some homemade Mothers Day gifts. Honestly, these are usually my favorite types of offerings, and I got one several years ago that I loved, and I still do. It’s a handprint tee shirt. It was given to me back when I had only four grandkids, so I think the family needs to do a more recent version, with all eighteen handprints! If this sounds like a Mothers Day gift you might be interested in, I’ll tell you how to make one. Also, I’m including some other Mothers Day gift ideas you can make by using the same process.
Creative Mothers Day Gifts
I’ve always appreciated creative Mothers Day gifts. I’m pretty creative myself, so I appreciate that quality in others. Also, I like the idea that my daughters and grandkids went to the trouble and effort to make something for me themselves instead of just going to a store and purchasing something. If you want to make a unique gift for mother or grandmother for Mother’s Day, consider a handprint tee shirt! This is a project that the kids can help with, and it’s also inexpensive. The final project will be not only an apparel item, but also a treasured keepsake.
You can purchase kits for this, but you don’t really need one. These are easy to make if you follow a few basic instructions:
What you’ll need:
A plain tee shirt. White and pastel shades work best.
Poster board or butcher paper.
Different colors of acrylic paints. The kind in the tubes will be more durable than the ones in the bottles, and since they’re thicker, the paint won’t run, so your final project will turn out better. You’ll need a color for each child. Strong, bright colors often work best.
Different colors of permanent paint pens or permanent markers.
Acrylic or Swarovski stones, if you like. The Swarovskies will be more expensive but will maintain their sparkle through many washings.
If you want to add rhinestones, you’ll need E6000 glue. You can find this at craft stores and in the craft section of Walmart.
How to Make a Handprint Shirt
The first thing you need to do is wash and dry the shirt. Next, place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt and lie it out flat on a table or other work surface. Smooth out any wrinkles, but don’t stretch the material.
Have each child dip their hand in a different color of acrylic paint. Lightly blot the hand on paper towels to remove excess paint. You’ll probably want to experiment a little with the handprints on paper towels before committing them to the shirt to get just the right impression.
Have the kids place their painted handprints on the tee shirt. Allow the shirt to dry overnight in a dry place. You might want to ensure proper drying with the use of a blow dryer.
When the painted handprints are completely dry, write the name of each child in his or her handprint, if you like. Use the paint pens or a black permanent marker for this. You might also want to add the date the shirt was created, or the child’s birth date.
For extra bling, you can use the stones to make rings or bracelets on the handprints of the female children. Just coat the back of the stones with the E600 glue and press them onto the desired location on the shirt. If you’re using very small stones, place a dot of E6000 on the shirt with a toothpick, then press a stone onto each dot. You might find it easier to use a pair of tweezers for placing small stones.
Allow the shirt to dry overnight again, and it’s done!
I have one of these tees that my grandchildren made for me, and I love it! This shirt makes a truly unique gift for Mother’s Day – for mothers and grandmothers!
T Shirt Designs
If your mom or grandmother already has a handprint shirt, or if you don’t think she’d like one, create some other type of decorated tee shirt. T shirt designs are limited only by your imagination! Use freeform designs, geometric shapes, or specific motifs. You might even want to create an entire scene. If you’re not good at drawing, it doesn’t matter. You can use stencils to create the T shirt designs. In fact, you might not want to use paint at all. Sometimes I use rhinestones by themselves. You might also want to add or use plastic or wooden beads or fabric appliques. All these can be firmly attached with E6000 glue. That stuff is awesome!
Before you commit your T shirt designs to your actual shirts, do some experimenting on paper first. Trace the outline of the shirt onto a piece of posterboard or butcher paper. That way, you’ll be working with the same size area. Draw out the designs on the paper or poster, and experiment with different colors. If you want the colors to really “pop,” test the paint colors against the shirt fabric.
Once your T shirt designs are drawn the way you want them, cut them out and place them on the shirt. If you like, you can trace the outlines of the designs with permanent markers. Just be sure to use markers in the same colors your designs will be.
If you’re using stones only, you’ll need to decide on the designs or spacing of the rhinestones. For this, you can use a small stick of chalk. Just place a tiny chalk mark where you want to place a stone. When you’ve “zeroed in” on the exact location, wipe off the chalk mark and replace it with a dot of glue. Press the stone onto the glue and move on to the next stone.
T shirt designs - supplies:
Mothers Day Gift Ideas
The handprint motif and the other T shirt designs I’ve mentioned here aren’t restricted to decorating tee shirts only. You can use the same process to create unique totes, beach bags, and handbags. Really, as long as an item is made of fabric, you can embellish just about anything with paints, beads, and rhinestones! I’ve used beach cover-ups, robes, sundresses, beach bags, blue jeans, shoes, shorts, capris, fabric beach chairs, and pocketbooks.
Personalized gifts are always special, in my opinion. Why be just like everyone else when you can be unique? Use your imagination to come up with some great but inexpensive Mothers Day gift ideas that can be personalized or decorated. Think about what the recipient enjoys. Does she wear flip-flops? If so, add some stones and/or a silk flower to some cheap flip-flops. If she likes the beach, make her a beach bag from a pair of old jeans and add a few stones to give it a little bling. You could do the same thing with a floppy sun hat, a canvas chair, or a simple sundress. Just don’t let your Mothers Day gifts be ordinary!
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