Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ghostly Halloween T-Shirts

Ghostly Halloween T-ShirtsSaturday was a day of painting at our place. I finished the final coats of paint on the kids’ new rooms and of course as soon as I brought out the rollers Lillian and Spencer wanted in on the action.

They did fine for a while the only problem was that with all that white I had a hard time seeing what had been painted and what hadn’t—we went round and round painting the same places over and over until I realized the system wasn’t working. Eventually after lunch I came across another painting idea that was a bit more productive—Halloween t-shirts.

I put Spencer in charge and left him to supervise David and Lillian’s creative efforts and he thought they were having so much fun when they were done he decided to make his own.

One dark colored t-shirt
Freezer paper or wax paper
Contact paper
A permanent marker
White fabric paint
A Sponge

Ghostly Halloween T-Shirts1. Using a dark colored t-shirt place a large piece of freezer paper or wax paper inside the shirt as a protective layer to keep the paint from leaking through to the back side of the shirt.

2. On a large piece of plastic Contact paper draw your design with a permanent marker. I kind of thought a ghost would be cute but everyone wanted pumpkins for some reason. You’ll want it big enough to be seen but small enough to have a bit of space around the edges.

3. Peel off the Contact paper backing then stick the design to the front of your t-shirt, carefully smoothing out the edges to make sure everything is sticking properly.

4. Dampen the sponge and wring it out thoroughly then dip it in a small puddle of white fabric paint. Stamp the paint all over the design, around the edges and in the cut out holes.

5. Allow to dry for several hours and you’ve got a spooky shirt and two freshly painted bedrooms.


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Killlashandra said...

Glad to hear there may be an end in site for the house painting. :)

Although your Halloween tee idea is very cute. If I had white contact paper I swear I'd be trying this one on Thursday with my 4-H kids.

ewe are here said...

Very cool idea... although I may try this in reverse with a white shirt and colored paint...
primarily because that's what I have. ;-)

Janet said...

That second coat always gets me - I never know where I left off.
THe shirts are tres cute, but I think I'll not do the bedrooms this time around.

Mrs. Organic said...

My hter's b-day is this week and this would make a great party favor. I wonder if glow in the dark paint would work?

solar panel said...

These tshirts are well designed.Very spooky looking.

uttoransen said...

nice designs, try the black and orange combination someday, it will look even better,

Craft said...

White paint, a black shirt and a ghost stencil would also be a great combination.