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DIY T shirt Using a Stencil

07/29/2014 11:56 am · 0 comments

by Tami

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DIY T shirt Using a Stencil

This is a favorite project at our house and we have created some pretty fun shirts!  It is easier than you would think, and the hardest part of the process is waiting for the paint to dry!

You will need:

A T-shirt that has been washed and dried.

Fabric paint in desired color

Sponge paint brush for applying paint

Stencil made out of clear transparency film

Spray adhesive for applying stencil

Desired picture that you are going to use as a stencil

A razor or scissors for cutting out your stencil

Piece of cardboard to put inside the shirt so that the paint doesn’t leak through the layers

We used a craft cutting machine for cutting our stencil, but if you are looking at making your own stencil, print it out of your computer, and then lay the print out under the transparency film.  Trace with a sharpie onto the film and then cut out the picture, leaving the negative space.  To place the stencil onto the shirt, spray with some spray adhesive.  This should work for more than one application, but if you are doing more than one shirt,you may have to reapply as it loses it tack.

Place the stencil on the shirt where you want it and press it down. Make sure it is all firmly in place. Now take your piece of cardboard and place it in the middle of the t shirt so it is blocking the two layers.

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This stencil has been used already, that is why it is already outlined in black.  That is just dried paint and makes it easier to see for the photos.  Take your sponge paint brush and dip it in your paint.  To apply it to the shirt, be sure to dab, not rub!  If you rub, the paint could spread under the stencil.  Dabbing will help avoid that.

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Once you have covered your area, let it dry for a few minutes before removing your stencil.  It is easier to remove before the shirt has dried all the way.  It will not be completely dry,but dry enough to remove the stencil and allow it to lay untouched and dry completely.

To remove the stencil, grab one corner and pull at an angle.

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Now all that is left is to wait for it to dry before trying on your creation!  Now you have a one of a kind article that is made by you!  We have done this for school projects, family reunions (like the one above), and just for a fun project!  My kids really enjoy creating their own designs and then painting them.  It is a thrifty, fun idea for the whole family!  The paint lasts for a long time and the stencils can be reused several times.  Shirts are pretty inexpensive, making this a great project for the whole family!

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Printable Minecraft Magnets, Great Party Favors!

As I mentioned before my son is having a Minecraft party.  If you missed the post with the Don’t eat Steve game you can find it here.  I also explained a little about the game for those that haven’t heard of it.

I don’t spend a lot of money making crazy, huge, elaborate parties, but I do like to do something fun for the kids.  I came across this post  and she had the best idea! Printable Minecraft magnets that she has even already taken the trouble out of it by designing them!  Even better!  I just happened to have some printable magnet sheets on hand, so I gave them a try.  The kids love them!

You will need

Printable magnet paper

Scissors

A printer

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The link for the magnets is here .  It takes 3 sheets of the magnet paper.  Each magnet is 1 inch square.  After they are printed, the time consuming cutting them out begins.

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I cut them into strips with my helpful paper cutter.  I love this one and use it all the time! I am not the best cutter in the world, so I love using these and knowing that it is straight.

Once you have your strips cut out you will have to use scissors to cut each magnet apart.  Make sure you have a nice, sharp pair of scissors for this.

Now you are free to stick them on a magnetic surface and play! Or add them to baggies and give them as party favors at your Minecraft themed party.  I was even thinking it would be great to get a small, metal container and take them with us to keep kids entertained at church or on road trips!

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Easy Candy Bouquet

If you are still looking for a fun, thrifty gift idea for Father’s day, you are in luck!  This takes just a few minutes, few supplies, and is guaranteed to bring a smile to the Dad in your life’s face! Even better is that it can be completely personalized to fit your Dad’s tastes.

You will need:

Candy bars (I used 9 for a small bouquet, but use more if you want it larger)

Skewers

Hot glue and gun

Something to sit your bouquet in (Think mason jar, small bucket, even a special mug or something he can use later on)

Floral foam (got mine from the dollar store)

Small candies, marbles or beans, something to cover your floral foam

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Begin by plugging in your hot glue gun.  You don’t need a lot and you don’t want to melt your chocolate, so use small amounts.  If your candy has a flap on the back, put a thin layer of hot glue there and stick  your skewer in the glue.  Then fold the flap back over so that your skewer is hidden.  If your candy has no flap, just glue the skewer to the back.  Be sure the pointed side is down so it can hook into your floral foam.

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Once your candy is all glued, cut your floral foam to the size to fit your vase, or container you will be putting it in.  Put it in first, and then add the candy bars by stabbing the pointed side into the floral foam.  The foam gets a little powdery and the skewer leaves holes, so you don’t want to have to pull it out a lot if you can avoid it.

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Once you have your candy bars where you want them, take your loose candy, beans or marbles and pour them in to cover the floral foam.

Now you are free to decorate your container with ribbon, washi tape to dress it up.  Since this is for my husband, I chose to go simple since I knew he wouldn’t appreciate the ribbon as much as a female may have.

This is what we are doing for Father’s day, but it could be a great gift for graduation, teacher’s appreciation week, Mother’s day, or any other occasion really!

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Easy, Quick, Father’s Day Card

Father’s day is just around the corner, and you don’t want to be caught without a card for the Dads in your life!  This card is super simple so the kids can do it, and is versatile.  Use white paper for a dress shirt, plaid for an ever day shirt, or maybe even a Hawaiian print for the dad who likes the islands!

You will need:

2 of the same papers of your choice (Just standard sized)

If doing a dress shirt pick a coordinating piece of paper for the tie

Scissors

Glue stick

Buttons if doing a casual shirt, your tie will cover if you are doing a dress shirt

Begin by folding one of your sheets of paper in half.  Now, cut a strip off of the other paper for the collar.  It doesn’t need to be super wide.  If you are doing a printed paper that is not printed on both sides, you will want to cut your strip twice as wide as you want it and fold it in half, print side out.  This way the inside of the collar matches the rest of the shirt.  Fold it so it looks like this.

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Now glue your collar on to the front of your shirt by placing the back against the top of the card, and gluing the collar pieces down to the front of the card.  It should stay that way.

If you are doing a dress shirt, cut the tie out of your paper you have for that.  If you are doing a casual shirt, glue your buttons to the front.  Now you will want to cut a pocket out (again for the casual shirt).  Make it shaped like this:

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Now you are ready to add a sentiment to the inside of your card, and you are done!  Now you have a cute shirt card for the Dad you love!

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Quick, Thrifty Teacher Gift

If you have a bad habit of waiting until the last minute for end of the year teacher gifts like yours truly, don’t despair!  There is still time to give them something cute and “puny”!  This gift is not only cute but it is also super quick and thrifty to throw together.

You will need a cake mix

store bought frosting

a note (printed or handwritten)

Ribbon to tie it all together

Begin by printing off your note that says “Thank you for making this year a piece of cake!”  I printed mine off and then added some cute scrapbook paper on the back.

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Use some washi tape, or regular tape and attach it your cake mix.  Then tie up your icing and the cake mix with some cute ribbon.  Isn’t that easy? Now you have a sweet little something to give your teacher to thank them for all of the hard work they put into helping your kids learn and grow.  Throwing in a nice gift card would be a great touch!

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Free Father’s Day Printable ~ Thrifty Gift Idea

I don’t know how it is at your house, but my husband would love it if there was a yummy baked treat every day!  Unfortunately for him, he lives in the real world, and that isn’t going to happen.  I was looking for a unique gift idea and thought this was perfect for him.  A guaranteed baked treat once a month for a whole year!  Who wouldn’t love that?  Now he gets something yummy more than once in a blue moon, and the kids and I get to work together in the kitchen to help make something.  Its great all around!

 Now I realize he could go in and bake something himself if he wanted it bad enough, but I do enjoy baking something fun for my family, and he doesn’t completely have the art of boiling water down.  (I kid, he does great, but it isn’t something he enjoys).

To make this gift for the father in your life, all you need to do is right click on the color of your choice and save to your computer.  Then you can print it off on your own, or send it to be printed in whatever size your heart desires to anywhere that prints photos.  Easy enough right?  Save the hard work for summer, when you don’t feel like turning on the oven, but have to deliver on your sweet treat for the month!  Now, if you notice, I left the wording open to interpretation.  I know not everyone enjoys baking.  I have friends that if they gave that gift to someone, it would actually be a punishment!  The “sweet treat” can be anything you want it to be!  Maybe it is a nice massage one month, or his favorite candy bar the next.  Really, make it whatever works for your family!  I have also made it in 3 different colors, they all have the same saying, but now you can have the color of your choice.

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