Make your own St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt with this easy craft

The month of March is meant for green! Get in the spirit of the Irish by making your own eraser-stamped T-shirts for St. Patrick’s Day. This freezer paper stenciling project is easy and something all ages can help with. Once completed, you will be shamrock ready for the parades and parties in your custom made luck o’ the Irish shirt. 

Materials

  • White T-shirt
  • Freezer paper (found at grocery or craft stores)
  • Pencil with unused eraser
  • Green fabric paint
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Draw or print out a clover shape large enough for the front of the T-shirt. I drew a clover on a sheet of white paper. 
  2. Attach the drawn clover to the non-shiny side of a piece of freezer paper. Use a few pieces of tape to attach, then cut out the clover shape from the freezer paper.
  3. Put the clover with the shiny side down on the shirt where you want it placed. With a medium-warm iron, carefully iron on the clover to the shirt. Make sure the edges are sealed with the iron. Pro tip: Slip an extra piece of freezer paper inside the shirt so that paint doesn’t leak through. 
  4. Use the eraser of the pencil and dip into green paint. Start stamping around the edge of the clover. Cluster the dots closer together around the clover edge, then gradually fade them out as you move away. Keep dipping the eraser with paint and dotting as you desire.
  5. Let the paint dry completely and peel off the freezer paper. If needed, follow the instructions on your fabric paint to set the color.

This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue.

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