Paint a Valentines Day T-Shirt: Holiday Project 2

A tiny cutie-pie tee shirt painted for a very special little girl.
A tiny cutie-pie tee shirt painted for a very special little girl. | Source

♥ Create a Valentine’s Day Design to Paint on a T-Shirt for Celebrating the Heart Holiday ♥


Valentine's Day is another wonderful excuse to reach out long distance style and give our grandchildren a hug by sending a package of goodies. Painting a t-shirt for them to snuggle up in is the next best thing to having them snuggle in my arms.


This second in the series is a different take on my first paint-a-Valentine’s-Day-T-Shirt project. Primarily, the difference is that this t-shirt was already printed and appliqued with a design that I decided to embellish.


If you've seen the first project you already know that this craft could be used for anyone on any holiday. I’m hoping to plan more involved designs for this year’s various holidays--and get them done in plenty of time to mail them!


Of course, doing that requires staying on top of how fast the children are growing, but making those projections is not too hard when working with t-shirts. The hard part is deciding what design to use when there are so many fun possibilities!



FabricMate Dye markers were used to highlight some of the preprinted hearts on this little playtime tee shirt.
FabricMate Dye markers were used to highlight some of the preprinted hearts on this little playtime tee shirt. | Source
Shiny squeeze paint was just the ticket for this appliqued heart.  Giving it substance and texture, the shine made this painted heart  pop.
Shiny squeeze paint was just the ticket for this appliqued heart. Giving it substance and texture, the shine made this painted heart pop. | Source
Touching up the lettering with a fine tip paint brush wouldn't have been necessary if I had practiced more before painting the tee shirt!  :)
Touching up the lettering with a fine tip paint brush wouldn't have been necessary if I had practiced more before painting the tee shirt! :) | Source

♡ A Different Paint Product for this Valentine’s Day Tee Shirt Gift Project ♡


In the first T-shirt project hub I used FabricMate Dye Markers for creating the twirling design. The pens are a great paint product, and I used them to randomly highlight some of these preprinted hearts with new colors (see photo detail to the right).

However, this shirt also had an appliqued pink heart in the center front that was calling out to me for a painted embellishment. After washing and drying it, though, the applique was a little loose and wrinkly for the dye pens to work well.

Realizing that the shiny fabric paint that comes in a squeeze bottle would be the right solution, I chose a very light pinkish beige to roughly fill in the hot pink heart and used a paint brush to put rough but fairly even strokes in the paint. I then piped an extra outline along the edges of the filled in area.

After that dried according to package directions I was pleased to find that the texture I was going for was indeed something that this tiny girl would enjoy patting with her tiny fingers. Adding the Q T Pi on an angle was easy, but I wish I had practiced more before painting it on the t-shirt.

Cutting out a heart that same size and fiddling around with the letters and pi symbol would have given me a finer design, but the way it turned out means that she will have even more texture to fiddle with. The color for the cutie-pie lettering was pulled from the preprinted aqua hearts on the shirt.



Paint a t-shirt for a special little one and let them know how much you love them on Valentine's Day--or any holiday!

❣ Tips for Planning and Painting a Holiday Gift T-Shirt ❣


• Be sure to wash and dry the t-shirt using no fabric softener before starting your project.

• Consider the age and personality of the person you are making the t-shirt for so you can make the best decisions on color and style of the design.

• Experiment on an old t-shirt before you begin your project.

• Take a look at designs from printed fabrics, posters and framed art, craft books, and the web to help get your creative juices flowing. Don’t use another artist’s work, it’s unethical and illegal.

Insert a sheet of card stock paper inside a tiny tee shirt to protect the back from paints or dyes that could bleed through.
Insert a sheet of card stock paper inside a tiny tee shirt to protect the back from paints or dyes that could bleed through. | Source

• Slide a sheet of card stock paper inside the shirt before beginning to draw and/or paint your design so that colors/paints/dyes do not bleed through to the opposite side.

• Let paints and/or dyes dry before adding colors or you may get unexpected blends of color.

• Designs can be drawn onto a shirt or created free hand. When placing the "Cutie-pie" begin by centering the T in the area, then adding the Q and Pi symbol on each side.

• Trust your creative instincts and have fun!

• Take pictures so you can make your own "How To" hub and be sure to let me know so I can link it to one of mine in this little Valentine’s Day series on painted t-shirts. :)


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❥ Would You Try Painting A Child's T-Shirt For Valentine's Day? 8 comments

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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

these are great projects to do with kids. will send to my niece to do with her grandmother. thanks!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey Author

picklesandrufus :

Thanks much for being the first to comment on this second project and thanks for sharing the hub with your family--how nice! I'll be posting the third in this series tomorrow, hopefully. :)


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Super project and looks like fun. Thanks for all the information - voted up! Best, Sis


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey Author

Angela Blair:

Thanks kindly for stopping in with your input!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This looks like a great project to do for a special kid. Great videos to help someone who hasn't painted on fabric before too! It would make a good art project for an older child. This project could be modified for any holiday or special occasion, but Valentine's Day will be here before you know it!

Voted up and useful.


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