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DIY: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt Art

Nothing celebrates a holiday better than dressing up your kids and cousins in matchy matchy outfits and taking blackmale photos for future birthdays, graduations, and weddings. :)

Or maybe that’s just our family!?

It’s true, we’ve started a tradition monster and it cannot be stopped! My sister-in-law is typically the brains behind these types of operations, but she always finds the cutest ideas online that spark all kinds of crafty creations. I’m sure you’ve seen some of the straw and pipe cleaner firework stamps via Pinterest, but we just decide to take that idea a step further and make them into t-shirts… with glow in the dark paint of course!

I’m not gonna lie, it was messy, and a bit crazy trying to “organize” three menions to stamp things that actually looked somewhat like fireworks, but they had a blast! And we had a blast creating memories with them as a family.

Forever.

That we have saved and backed up on several digital files until the day we die! :)

SUPPLIES:

  • Plain T-shirts
  • Straws (cut 6 slits in one straw at equal lengths to make your firework paint brushes)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric or Acrylic Paint
  • Paper Plates (for paint pallets)
  • Small Sheets of Cardboard or Card Stock (place inside t-shirt before painting to prevent the paint from bleeding on the back side of the shirt)
  • Roll of Construction Paper (to protect whatever counter top you are doing the craft on)

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Make it Outside: As much fun as this craft is, it can be messy! We just stripped the kids in their diapers and panties and let them go to town outside on the patio. This way we were not worried about them getting paint on inside furniture or their clothes. Although, getting the paint off during bath time was a bit harder than we thought! Might want to make sure they don’t get too crazy and smear it all over themselves. :)
  • Create Different Sizes of Firework Stamps: Your fireworks will be bigger depending on how far down you cut the slits in the straws. Mix it up by cutting some of the straws only an inch deep, and others two or three inches deep. This will add more variety and scale in the prints.
  • Mix-Up The Colors: Instead of buying just one large bottle of red, blue, and black paint I purchased several smaller bottles of red, glittery red, black, gray, dark blue, light glittery blue, and even glow in the dark paint! This was just an extra fun touch that made each shirt a bit unique!
  • Let the Kids Do It! I know this is hard because the designer/perfectionist will come out, but show them a few samples on their shirt, and then let them do a few on their own. They may not be exactly where you would have placed the stamps, but that is the point! For them to learn and experience being crafty. You can always come in behind them and clean up their firecrackers by adding outlines in glow in the dark paint like we did. This really added an extra depth to their shirt designs, especially for the areas that started to look like blobs of paint. Oh, and don’t freak out if they mix-up the paint cause it’s going to happen! You’re welcome.

I realize this post is a bit late since the Fourth of July was a few days ago, but give me a break I’m 39 weeks pregnant ok!? I still managed to buy all the supplies and actually make the shirts. This close to my due date, I’ll take it! :)

Here’s to fireworks, matchy matchy outfits, family, food, and a celebration that reminds us how precious it is to have all those things in our lives.

Best of luck on all your holiday crafts and don’t forget to pin this project away for next year! ;)

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One Response to “DIY: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt Art”
  1. 07.13.2014

    What a Fun, and challenging project. :)


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