Valentine's Day Painted Shirts
These Valentine's day painted shirts are decorated
by using your fingerprints (or your child's fingerprints) to create
little hearts all over the shirt.
You will need a little
textile medium, or fabric paint. I prefer buying one bottle
of fabric medium, because you can mix it with any color of acrylic
you already have on hand to create fabric paint. Wonderful idea isn't
it? I used red and white, and mixed them to make
Here I show two different
variations of how you can
arrange all the hearts, but there are many ways to decorate the
shirt. Little hearts around the neckline or sleeves would be
really cute! My girls helped me make these and we had a lot of fun
together. Once the paint is dry, you simply "set" the paint
using a warm iron and then the paint is permanent! A very fun,
to make some Valentine's day attire for yourself or your children.
Needed to Make Painted Shirts:
- Textile Medium (I used FolkArt
Plaid Textile Medium)
and White acrylic paint
- Red and white fabric paint
You will also need:
- tray for mixing paint (I recycle the foam trays that come
under cuts of meat at the grocery store... I find them to be perfect
little paint palettes!)
- cotton t-shirt
- cutting board, or piece of cardboard, that fits inside the
- wax paper
- warm iron
To begin the painted shirts, you should first launder the t-shirts,
dry, and iron them.
2. Wrap a piece of wax paper around a cutting board or a piece of
cardboard. The cardboard should be able to fit inside the
and be big enough to lie underneath the area you are planning to
paint. This will stop any bleed-through of paint to the back
3. Once the cardboard with wax
paper is placed inside the shirt, you are ready to begin. If
you are using fabric paint, just dollop
some out onto a mixing tray, or
paper plate and you are all set. If you are using textile
medium like I did, follow the instructions
on the bottle for
mixing. The one I used by FolkArt Plaid (see image below) and
it said to mix two parts textile medium with one part paint.
4. I highly encourage to practice making a few hearts on a
piece of paper first, to get the hang of it. Press the pad of
your index finger into the red paint. Press it onto the
an angle, to create one side of the heart. Then, dip your
finger again into the paint and overlap it with the other fingerprint,
going at the
opposite angle, to create the other side of the heart. You should have
a nice looking heart.
5. The patterns you choose to make are endless. For
one shirt, I used small fingerprint hearts to create a large heart in
the middle of the shirt. For this, I made pink hearts all
the edge of the heart, then as I got to the middle of the heart I
filled it with red hearts.
6. For the other shirt, I made hearts radiating from the left
side of the shirt. I began with red hearts, and kept them
close together. Then I used pink hearts as I moved
towards the right side of the shirt.
7. Allow the shirts to dry overnight.
8. Remove the cardboard from inside the shirt, and apply a
warm iron over the painted areas. This sets the paint and
makes it permanent.
9. If you make these painted shirts, please post a picture
following the instructions below! We would all love to see
how it comes out.
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