DIY ~ painted red, white and blue flag t-shirts…

I thought I would share this easy and fun idea for anyone interested in making 4th of July inspired tee’s.

I know you can buy them cheap at Old Navy, but why not be unique ??

This is a super easy and wicked cute project you can do with your children.

Messy you ask ??

ummm…..a little, but nothing a little soap and water can’t fix.

😉

Originally I found this idea “pre-Pinterest” when magazines were what we looked to for inspiration.

I actually think it was a Family Fun issue and back in 2001.

My son was only 4 years old at the time, and we thought it would be a fun and easy project we could do for the 4th of July.

I remember being nervous to do this project for some reason, but trust me, it doesn’t take an artist to make it look like a flag.

I mean, it’s handmade and doesn’t and shouldn’t be perfect.

That my friend, is exactly what makes it perfect !

So I decided it would be fun to make these shirts with my Girl Scout Daisy troop so we could all wear them in our town’s annual Memorial Day parade.

Yup, 13 girls in a pretty confined space with fabric paint…..

fun, fun, fun!

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So here’s what you need to get started ::

::  White tee’s ~ prewashed

::  Masking tape (or similar)

::  Red and blue fabric paint

:: Star shaped foam stickers

::  Sponges or paint brushes (we used kitchen sponges cut into smaller pieces to save $$)

** important, you will need to place a piece of plastic or similar inside your shirt when painting so the paint will not leak through to the back of your shirt **

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I bought all of the t-shirts at Walmart in the boys department.

Fruit of the Loom 100% tagless tees, perfect and they were in budget.

I bought them big and pre-washed all of them.

So we started by using masking tape to make our stripes.

( my co-leader and I did this part for the girls)

Don’t count the stripes, it’s not accurate but you get the point.

Next we taped off the top of our tee’s where the sleeves are to represent the blue and stars part of the flag.

You could also paint the sleeves, but we were pressed for time.

The girls added their star foam stickers (we gave the girls 10 each).

{ again, it’s not a perfect representation of the flag }

They used their foam sponges and “sponged” on the fabric paint.

Some “sponged” more than others….

Including my daughter who thought a brush would work better.

The girls really enjoyed this and were excited to take off the tape when the paint was dry.

Let them dry and removed the stickers and tape and that was all !!

There are so many options you could try, like these cute tee’s I found via here.

Adorable huh ?? 

And I’m sure there are plenty more ideas out there too, so have fun mixing it up !!

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Our shirts came out SO cute and each of the girls ( and leaders ) wore them in our annual Memorial Day Parade!

Now how cute are they ?!?

(and the tee’s ??)

My older daughter also wore her’s even though she isn’t a Daisy anymore.

So we weren’t traditional with our uniforms, but it was fun and we were all matching and it was just perfect.

Since I was taking the pics, I didn’t get one of myself.

This picture was taken the day we made our t-shirts.

After our meeting I was out and about doing errands when I realized I had it on.

I just had to text a pic to my Mom who I was just talking to about the t-shirts.

Here is a picture I scanned of my son in his t-shirt at 4 years old.

With my Dad at the Marshfield Fair.

<3

Not sure why we only painted a few stripes ??

But, just look at those eyes….

Thanks for visiting.

Hope you are enjoying the first days of summer!

We certainly are.

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