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Paint Children's July 4th Tee Shirts

Updated on January 30, 2018
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It's official, designing and painting patriotic tee shirts is great fun!Patriotic tee shirts for a brother and sister.
It's official, designing and painting patriotic tee shirts is great fun!
It's official, designing and painting patriotic tee shirts is great fun! | Source
Patriotic tee shirts for a brother and sister.
Patriotic tee shirts for a brother and sister. | Source

Two 4th of July Tee Shirt Projects

Painting seasonal tee shirts is a great way to work crafting into vacation time. Exercise your creative side and make the 4th of July extra special for little ones by giving them tee shirts designed with them in mind.

Summer is tee shirt season and these comfy tops make a great canvas that young and old alike can use to paint red, white, and blue creations on. This hub gives you a look at my projects for a brother and a sister which can help you whip up a patriotic gift for children you love.

Supplies Needed for These Painted Tee Shirts


• 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, but Fabric Paints and Pens are available.


• 3 Paper Plates--One for each Color of Paint.


• Paper to Cover the Work Surface.

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Patriotic stencils can be used to embellish your own designs.Size 2 T tee-shirt.Size 5 polo style t-shirt.
Patriotic stencils can be used to embellish your own designs.
Patriotic stencils can be used to embellish your own designs. | Source
Size 2 T tee-shirt.
Size 2 T tee-shirt. | Source
Size 5 polo style t-shirt.
Size 5 polo style t-shirt. | Source

• Paint Brushes to suit the Design you choose--I only needed One for Fine Lines on these Designs.


• Patriotic Stencils--I used them for the Basic Designs on these two Projects.


• Paper to Insert Between Front and Back of Tee Shirts when Painting--I just use a sheet of junk mail for these Small Shirts, but no newsprint.


• Clean Cardstock to Insert Between Fronts and Backs for Ironing.


• White Tissue Paper for Ironing.


Beginning to Paint Two 4th of July T-Shirts


The first t-shirt design is for a fine boy who is growing up fast. His design needed to have an official look to it.

On the left front shoulder area I outlined the basic design with a stencil. Using a fine line brush to outline the design with paint, I used the same brush to fill in this small design.

After allowing the first layer of paint to dry, I went over the red and blue areas again, and highlighted the bottom of the red with a blue line.

When that step was dry I used gold to highlight the blue star and add dots above the red area. After the gold dried I went over it again so there would be more prominent.

The shirt was hung to dry for a few hours, and I went to work on the girl’s shirt.

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The basic design is filled in and the red area is highlighted with blueThe gold highlights add a lot to the design.
The basic design is filled in and the red area is highlighted with blue
The basic design is filled in and the red area is highlighted with blue | Source
The gold highlights add a lot to the design.
The gold highlights add a lot to the design. | Source


The second t-shirt design is for a little girl who is still a toddler. I wanted something whimsical, but not too different from her brother's t-shirt.

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Shooting stars swooping--say that 10 times fast!By comparison, this patriotic design is larger than the first one, but that adds to the whimsy.
Shooting stars swooping--say that 10 times fast!
Shooting stars swooping--say that 10 times fast! | Source
By comparison, this patriotic design is larger than the first one, but that adds to the whimsy.
By comparison, this patriotic design is larger than the first one, but that adds to the whimsy. | Source

Again, I used the stencil to outline the basic design on the left front shoulder area. Then I used the liner brush to fill in the small areas with red and blue. After allowing that layer of paint to dry I deepened the colors with another layer of paint on the design.

I forgot to take a picture of the design before adding the gold highlights, but it’s not too hard to imagine what it looked like at that point. The red and blue needed to thoroughly dry before I finished with the gold accents.

Using the metallic gold and the fine liner brush I highlighted the stars and added the gold dots to the shoulder as shown in the photograph. I placed larger dots among the stars and made them smaller as I faded the design up the shoulder.

The technique worked and it looks like stars swooping through the sky--well, I think so, anyway. :)

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Card stock in the t-shirt.White tissue paper over the design.Steam ironing the design.
Card stock in the t-shirt.
Card stock in the t-shirt. | Source
White tissue paper over the design.
White tissue paper over the design. | Source
Steam ironing the design.
Steam ironing the design. | Source

Important Last Step for July 4th Tee Shirts

The craft paint I used is permanent on porous items, but on clothing that will be washed it needs to be steam ironed to set it correctly. Even then, cold hand washing would be the best method of cleaning these tee shirts.

To iron, position the clean piece of card stock paper inside the shirt. Set iron on steam heat. Place white tissue paper over painted design.

Begin steam ironing sections in 60 second intervals. Press firmly and don’t hurry. The paint needs to flatten and set up. I went over my designs twice.

Gently peel tissue paper off when the entire design is well ironed. Slide card stock out of tee shirt. Hang shirt to cool and dry for about an hour. Check to make sure the paint is not tacky before folding and putting it in a gift bag.

Size 3 T and 18 months coming in the next hub.
Size 3 T and 18 months coming in the next hub. | Source

2 More Patriotic Tee Shirts

Two more patriotic holiday tee shirts are now posted but you might want to find your sunglasses before clicking the link. The next ones are brighter and busier than the ones you've just seen.

Tiny sisters will get lots of play time out of these two shirts, and you can learn how to make their super easy designs for some children in your life--be they young or old! :)

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    rebeccamealey:

    Oh yes, other designs too, and my favorite so far are the doodle art projects (can be seen on my profile page). They can be themed for holidays, birthdays, and more, or just doodled for fun, and they also can be made into throw pillows/covers when the child outgrows them (if they make it through childhood escapades). Thanks much for your visit and feedback here!

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    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Denise Handlon:

    Oh! How lovely to know that you'll be using this idea with your grands then--thank you for the comment and all the feedback. Am trying to mention in comments that painted tees can be made into throw pillows (or just covers) when little ones outgrow them. So appreciate your visit!

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    These will look so nice on the patriotic holidays. Good tip on steam ironing to paints before washing. I would have never thought of that. This idea could be used to make other designs, too. Thanks!

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    Denise Handlon 

    4 years ago from North Carolina

    What a great holiday project, RT. I think I will bookmark this hub to do this with my grandchildren next month when I travel to Michigan to visit. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Pinning this and the other starburst T's lol. UP/U/I

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Jamie Brock:

    Yes, the 4th is here! Hope you have a lovely day with family and/or friends.

    So appreciate that you came by this hub and let me hear from you! You could do a similar project, no doubt about it. Tip: practice on a shirt from a secondhand store if you want to try it out before committing to a new shirt.

    There are fabulous paint/ink products available for getting creative with tee shirts. I hope we see a hub with your design in it!

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    Jamie Brock 

    6 years ago from Texas

    Rtalloni- I've always wanted to try to do this.. but have been to scared that I would mess it up. It sounds and looks fairly easy to do and the shirts turned out great. I especially love the little gold dots trailing behind the stars on the little girls shirt. Gosh, I can't believe tomorrow is already the 4th! Happy 4th to you and yours.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Vellur:

    Thanks kindly--I'm glad to know you like them! Thanks, too, for all your input.

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    Nithya Venkat 

    6 years ago from Dubai

    Wow!! This is so creative and beautiful. Great idea. Voted up.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    kashmir56:

    Thanks bunches! It's encouraging to hear that people like the projects. I just posted the second hub on painting patriotic t-shirts so I'm done with this craft for a while.

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    Thomas Silvia 

    6 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi RTalloni, this is a great craft project to do so kids can have a nice 4th of July shirt !

    Vote up and more !!!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    VirginiaLynne:

    Thanks very much, both for the input and your tips! I'm really glad to learn that about the textile medium. If you taught this craft then you probably have some fantastic designs to share. I'll look to see if you have written about them. :)

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    Virginia Kearney 

    6 years ago from United States

    Terrific and clear directions as always. I was not able to see the pictures well--maybe that is my problem but I wanted to let you know. Also--one thing I have done (I used to teach a T-shirt painting class) is to put textile medium into the regular acrylic paint (find it with the acrylic paints at the craft store)--it turns any paint into a fabiric paint. The ironing tip is a great idea--it should set it better.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    beingwell:

    Thanks kindly!

    I'll be posting a hub with two more patriotic t-shirts soon.

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    beingwell 

    6 years ago from Bangkok

    Those are very crafty!!

    Voted up!

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