Fourth of July Crafts for Kids

Festive Fireworks T-Shirt
Make this crafty shirt outside -- it can get messy.
Make this crafty shirt outside -- it can get messy.

A festive fireworks T-shirt is perfect for the Fourth of July -- or any day you want to celebrate. It's a project that requires help from an adult, and it's not something that can be done quickly. But if you have some time and a little patience, creating a special T-shirt can be lots of fun.

What You'll Need:

Clean, white T-shirt



2 spray bottles


Measuring cup

Red and blue fabric paint, 1 ounce each


Be sure to cover yourself and your work area -- this is a very messy project. You may even want to work outside. Ready? Here's how to begin:

Cut a piece of cardboard so it fits inside the T-shirt, and slide it inside the shirt. This will prevent the paint from soaking through from one side of the shirt to the other. Lay the shirt flat on your work surface.

Add about 1/3-cup of water to each spray bottle. Empty most of the red fabric paint into a spray bottle. Empty most of the blue paint into the other spray bottle. You need to thin the paint just enough so it can be squirted out of the bottle, so you may need to add more water than this -- add just a small amount of water at a time.

Now for the really fun part! Squirt red and blue star-burst designs onto the shirt until it looks the way you want it. Wait for one side to dry -- about one hour -- then flip the shirt over and paint the other side. Let dry.

Apply the finishing touches, and you'll have a wearable work of art.

To finish your shirt, use a paintbrush and the remaining fabric paint that you didn't put into the spray bottles to highlight different areas of your design. Let dry.

Wear your shirt on the Fourth of July -- or any day -- with pride!

To care for your shirt, wash it in cold water and hang it up or lay it flat to dry.

On the next page you'll learn how to make a patriotic pencil. Continue reading to find out how.

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