I can ride my bike with no handlebars, no handlebars, no handlebars

When my family was visiting last week, I had the idea to help my brother make some freezer paper T-shirts that he could take home as a little souvenir of his Spring Break ‘11. We brainstormed some ideas for the shirts and came up with some fun ones (if I do say so myself). I was glad they turned out well.

First, Jeff and I thought of the ideas, then we did some Google searching to get ideas, then I created a mockup shape in Photoshop. Then we printed it out and traced the image onto the paper side of the freezer paper. Once the design was traced, we cut it out, making a stencil for the shirts. Then we ironed the paper onto the shirt, making sure it was centered. After that, we painted the shirts with fabric paint, making sure to sponge it on as you would a stencil.

While we were waiting for the coats of paint to dry, Jeff had fun showing the boys his skateboard tricks outside. I wish I had gotten photos to share! Boo.

Once the paint was dry, we peeled off the freezer paper and revealed the awesome, one-of-a-kind T-shirts. Very, very fun. I love this type of project – one that I can accomplish in an afternoon, that’s customizable and one that the kids can help create. In this case, the ‘kids’ being Jeff, haha.

Here’s my favorite shirt:



It’s a great mustache shirt (mustaches are so IN right now, lol!) that has a handlebar, a petit handlebar, and a Fu Manchu. Perfect.

The other ones were a pair of glasses with some crazy hair on top, and a Cleveland Boarding Company logo. It’s one of his friends’ little company or something. What was cool was that we actually spray painted the reverse of that one. But of course, I didn’t get a photo before they left for Ohio. Maybe I’ll convince him to take one and send it to me so I can post it. I’m actually pretty proud of that one. :)

If you’re looking for a way to customize your own shirt and have lots of fun in the process, I’d recommend this craft. You’ll soon be addicted!


Renee said...

Oh man! I love it!! I need to make one for Lewy! I'm glad that you had a great time with your family. :)

Christy said...

The girls and I had a blast doing these on friday! a perfect 'crafty' end to our spring break week! Thanks for sharing! :)