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How to Decorate Kids' Sweatshirts


Handy Holiday Sweatshirt
Decorate these shirts to give as gifts.
Decorate these shirts to give as gifts.

Light up the room with a moose sweatshirt or design a heavenly angel sweatshirt. These wearable craft sweatshirts are fun to make, and they preserve your child's hand- and footprints. The shirts will make great family presents for grandparents, godparents, or other special family friends!

How to Make the Handy Holiday Sweatshirt

What You'll Need:

Sponge brush

Fabric paint: brown, white, red, black

Red, green, or white sweatshirts

Small paintbrush

Fabric pen

To make the moose sweatshirt:

Use the sponge brush to paint the child's foot with brown paint. Have the child step on the center of the sweatshirt with their toes pointing toward the neckline of the shirt. This is the moose's face.

Once the paint is cleaned off the foot, paint their hands with the brown paint. Place the child's hands on either side of the top of the footprint, with fingers spread open and thumbs facing up; these are the antlers.

When the paint is dry, use the small paintbrush to paint details, such as eyes, eyebrows, and nose, on the moose's face. When the paint is completely dry, have the child use the fabric pen to write a message (Moosey Christmas Grandma) or sign their name on the shirt.

To make the angel sweatshirt:

Paint the child's foot white, and have him or her step on the front center of the shirt with toes pointing down toward the bottom of the shirt. Once the paint is cleaned off the foot, paint their hands with the white paint.

Place the child's hands (with fingers closed) on either side of the angel's body; these are the wings. When the paint is dry, use the small paintbrush to paint details, such as the face of the angel and the halo.

Let the paint dry completely, and then let the child use the fabric pen to write a message (With love from your little angel!) or sign their name.

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