Up-cycle a t-shirt with this D.I.Y. stamping method! This post was featured on The Crafty Crow! Check them out for more Halloween ideas! http://www.thecraftycrow.net/2014/10/7-great-pumpkin-crafts-for-kids.html Materials T-shirt Fabric paint Cardboard Scissors Pencil/ eraser Paint brush (Whoops! We forgot to include it in the photo!) Glue gun Smock * If you want to change your t-shirt into a bag you will need a sewing machine/thread, fabric scissors and a bowl or plate. Directions Sketch out the shapes you want to make into stamps on your cardboard (for example, triangles for jack-o-lantern eyes or ovals for a ghost face). Have an adult cut them out (as cardboard can be tricky to cut!). Have an adult glue gun a two small rectangles of cardboard onto your stamps to make a little “handle” or glue them with craft glue and allow to dry overnight. Don your smock. Put a larger piece of cardboard into your bag so as to prevent the paint from seeping through from one layer of the fabric to the next. Apply a bit of fabric paint directly onto the stamp and spread it out evenly with a brush. You could also put some paint in a tray and use the dipping method. You can apply layers of the paint (as we did below), allowing them to dry in between. (We used a pencil eraser for the wort stamp!) Carefully remove the cardboard insert once your paint is completely dry and enjoy your t-shirts! (Beware: Scary faces included!) Halloween T-Shirt Bag We ran into a little problem in that our black vampire t-shirt was too big for the kids and too small for the adults in our family so we tried this idea that we saw on the Martha Stewart site: http://www.marthastewart.com/266942/t-shirt-bag, adding a spooky twist. This would make a great bag for taking your costume to school or a party, for collecting treats or for holding a gift. Turn your t-shirt inside out. Sew the bottom closed with a thicker stitch. You might want to do several. Turn your shirt right side out. Cut off your sleeves and around the neck. Use a bowl or plate and a sewing marker to help you. You may need an adult to cut the fabric, depending on the type. Sew on any additional embellishments (such as glow in the dark paint accents or little jingle bells for safety.) Purpose Encouraging children to re-use, recycle, reduce and re-think items. Safety Notes Use scissors with care and direct supervision. Be sure to wear a smock to protect your clothing from fabric paint. If any of the embellishments you choose are choking hazards be sure to keep them out of reach from children 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things in their mouths. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.