Paint Two 4th of July T-Shirts

Cascading stars size 3T and 18 months.
Cascading stars size 3T and 18 months. | Source

Two Patriotic T-Shirts for Two Sisters



If you've seen my hub on painting patriotic t-shirts for a brother and sister, you are expecting this post on two more holiday shirts.


Though these t-shirts are for two sisters, the designs would actually work well for any aged kid, big or little.


Even little children could paint their own with this design and give them as gifts!


Supplies Needed for These T-Shirts


The directions below are separated but the supplies needed are basic:

• 2 White Tee Shirts--be sure to get the correct sizes and just as importantly be sure to wash and dry them before beginning to paint because sizing in the new fabric can prevent the paints from setting correctly.

• Red, Blue, and Gold Craft/Fabric Paints--I used craft paints for these designs. *Special note on paints: Reader VirginiaLynne offered a good tip on my first patriotic tee shirt hub. Putting textile medium into any paint turns it into fabric paints. This is available with craft acrylic paint. Thanks VirginiaLynne!

• 3 Paper Plates.

• Paint Brushes for the Design You Choose--I needed one for fine lines and one for filling larger areas.


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 2 white tee shirts waiting on stars.Gathering supplies.
 2 white tee shirts waiting on stars.
2 white tee shirts waiting on stars. | Source
Gathering supplies.
Gathering supplies. | Source

• Assorted Star-shaped Cookie Cutters

• Paper to cover the Work Surface.

• Paper to Insert Between Front and Back of Tee Shirts when Painting--I just used a sheet of junk mail for these small shirts, but do not use newsprint.

• New Unprinted Cardstock to Insert Between Fronts and Backs for Ironing.

• White Tissue Paper for Ironing.


Painting the Size 3T Shirt


Think through the design you want to paint. It might be helpful to draw it out on paper so you can scale it properly.

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Insert junk mail to protect back from paint that might bleed through.Frist stars are bright red.The design was going well until after this point.The effect of the gold stars and gold dots seemed to finish the design at this point.  It was bright and busy, just like the girl who would wear it.  The finished 3T shirt.Close up of the finished design on the 3T shirt.
Insert junk mail to protect back from paint that might bleed through.
Insert junk mail to protect back from paint that might bleed through. | Source
Frist stars are bright red.
Frist stars are bright red. | Source
The design was going well until after this point.
The design was going well until after this point. | Source
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The effect of the gold stars and gold dots seemed to finish the design at this point.  It was bright and busy, just like the girl who would wear it.
The effect of the gold stars and gold dots seemed to finish the design at this point. It was bright and busy, just like the girl who would wear it. | Source
The finished 3T shirt.
The finished 3T shirt. | Source
Close up of the finished design on the 3T shirt.
Close up of the finished design on the 3T shirt. | Source

Begin by inserting junk mail paper inside shirt and positioning it where your design will be painted. I painted mine freehand style and let it grow as I went along. This was a good thing for I had a paint spill in the middle of the project--read on.

I put red paint on a paper plate and "loaded" my smallest cookie cutter by using it like a stamp on a stamp pad. I left enough space between the first small stars to fill in around them with the the larger cookie cutters.

The blue stars went on well and I began adding blue dots. (See photos to the right--just click the thumbnails.)

When I started to go back in with medium sized red stars I spilled the paint. Yes I did--right on that shirt!

Past experience taught me some lessons, though, and I knew all was not lost. I simply used that size star to make solid colored ones, beginning on the blotched spot.

(Sorry that I did not take photos of the spill. I was distracted by having to rethink the design.)

After the red stars were filled in and I was sure the spill was taken care of I used the fine liner paint brush to go over the blue stars again.

After the red dried fairly well I began adding more dots and using the gold paint to make small stars. I tried not to make a pattern of them, but worked to make sure they were random--a bit of an oxymoron, don't you think? :)

When the gold stars were on the red ones, the shirt called for more gold. Solitary gold stars and gold dots on top of the red and blue ones seemed to finish this project well.

However, after I hung it to dry I realized it needed a little more balance with some pizzaz. After I added small blue stars to the gold ones which were on the red stars, and small blue stars on top of the small red stars I was really satisfied. Thankful, too, that the spill did not have to ruin the project!

I hung the shirt to dry for before the ironing process and went to work on the 18 month tee shirt.


Painting the Size 18 Months Shirt


Again, think your design through ahead of time, even if you want to have a random look on the finish project. Consider how the colors will work together, and how you want the design scaled.

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Junk mail inside shirt to protect back side.Red stars cascading down the front of the t-shirt.Beginning to add blue stars.Adding in red dots around blue stars.Gold accents rounded out the design very nicely.The design is bright and happy, but not too busy for such a little one.Close up of the design.The sister's shirts are similar, yet enough different to be suitable for their ages.
Junk mail inside shirt to protect back side.
Junk mail inside shirt to protect back side. | Source
Red stars cascading down the front of the t-shirt.
Red stars cascading down the front of the t-shirt. | Source
Beginning to add blue stars.
Beginning to add blue stars. | Source
Adding in red dots around blue stars.
Adding in red dots around blue stars. | Source
Gold accents rounded out the design very nicely.
Gold accents rounded out the design very nicely. | Source
The design is bright and happy, but not too busy for such a little one.
The design is bright and happy, but not too busy for such a little one. | Source
Close up of the design.
Close up of the design. | Source
The sister's shirts are similar, yet enough different to be suitable for their ages.
The sister's shirts are similar, yet enough different to be suitable for their ages. | Source

As with the 3T shirt, I put the junk mail in place to protect the back of the shirt in case paint bleeds through the front.

Using the star and paint on a paper plate like a stamp and stamp pad again, I arranged red stars leaving enough room to add the same size in blue.

I began filling out the design by adding blue stars and red dots.

In continuing to fill out with gold over the red stars and then adding gold dots I saw that the tiny shirt couldn't take much more. See the close up photo in the thumbnails to the right.

After this one dried it was time to finish the projects




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Sliding the card stock inside the shirt.Placing the tissue paper over the paint.Pressing the paint so that it flattens out and sets up.
Sliding the card stock inside the shirt.
Sliding the card stock inside the shirt. | Source
Placing the tissue paper over the paint.
Placing the tissue paper over the paint. | Source
Pressing the paint so that it flattens out and sets up.
Pressing the paint so that it flattens out and sets up. | Source

The Final Step for These Kid's 4th of July T-Shirts is Important!


The craft paint I used is permanent on porous items, but on clothing it needs to be steam ironed to set it correctly before washing it. Even so, washing by hand in cold water is a good idea for these intense colors.

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An Example of Painting Tee Shirts:

Put a clean piece of card stock paper under the design inside the shirt. Heat iron to the steam setting. Put white tissue paper over the painted areas.

Steam iron in sections for 60 second intervals. Press well and do not hurry. The paint needs time to flatten and set up. I went over my designs twice.

Peel tissue paper off when the design is ironed well. Take the card stock out of the t-shirt. Hang shirt up to cool and dry for an hour or so. Check to make sure the paint is not tacky before folding it for gift giving.



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What do you think of this simple patriotic project? 20 comments

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Wow this is great, thanks!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey Author

Pollyannalana:

Thank you for stopping in. These two hubs on painting sets of patriotic t-shirts have been fun to do.


Giselle Maine 4 years ago

This is beautiful! The design on the 3T shirt looks just like fireworks! I really loved this hub on making 4th of july T-shirts.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey Author

Giselle Maine:

Thanks very much. You made my day by saying the 3T looks like fireworks. :) So appreciate your input on these shirt projects!


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from Maryland

You make it look so easy! Great hub.


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