Every Sunday after ballet class, a little group of us meet for Crafternoon.
It's starting to really warm up here now, so inside play-dates are becoming more and more necessary. We each take it in turn to host Crafternoon, so every third week I need a clean house and cute idea.
This week was my turn and I was chomping at the bit to test out this bespoke t-shirt idea I had stumbled across on Pinterest (where else?!).
The first craft activity was to make some pasta necklaces and whilst they were sweet and captivating (the important part), us mums were really thrilled with how the second project turned out.
What you need:
A plain white t-shirt
A sheet of sandpaper
Spray bottle of water
The use of an iron
How to make these adorable bespoke t-shirts:
What seems to work best with this age group (almost 3 year olds) is not to have too many instructions. Each of these girls has certainly clocked up enough hours colouring in with crayons, but was a first drawing on sandpaper and the little change-up was intriguing for them. We told them to colour colour colour until we couldn't see the brown sandper anymore.
After the girls were finished their masterpieces, turn them into the front of a plain t-shirt (that you flatten any creases out of). Spray a little water onto the sandpaper and then iron on. You want the steamless setting and it should only take about ten seconds.
Lift gently to see if it has transferred.
Pop in the dryer for 30minutes to set the crayon in and then enjoy your little fashion designers' work.
Maddie was so proud getting dressed the next day. She was so excited to show her t-shirt to her Daddy, telling him all about how she made it and the colours she used and they had each made their very own top.
Next time I will confiscate the black crayon (happy colours only is our usual rule) and will get creative with the shape of the sandpaper. As the girls get older they will draw more creative pictures, so until then maybe a good idea would be to have them scribble scribble and then cut the sandpaper into a heart or flower shape before ironing it onto the tee. I'm sure we'll be doing this again though, so there'll be plenty of room for improvement!