How to Decorate Boys' T-Shirts


The baseball forever shirt is a wearable craft boys will love.
The baseball forever shirt is a wearable craft boys will love.
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Boys can get in on the fun of wearable crafts with these fantastic t-shirts. Whether you're headed to the ballpark or the beach, going to school or just staying home, a decorated t-shirt adds something extra.

Using paint and stencils, boys can easily help out with this kids' craft. The instructions and photos provided will help guide you to your next masterpiece on cotton.

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These t-shirt projects will get you started making fun clothes for boys:

Fun on the Beach T-Shirt

Shells and feet make this t-shirt a beach classic.

Baseball Forever T-Shirt

Batter up and make a baseball t-shirt for boys.

Learn how to make a t-shirt that is perfect for fun in the sun on the next page.

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Fun on the Beach T-Shirt

It's a fun day on the beach with this t-shirt.
It's a fun day on the beach with this t-shirt.
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With the fun on the beach T-Shirt, your son can hang ten or just hang out in a colorful wearable craft. This sunny boys' t-shirt is perfect for the pool or beach.

What You'll Need:

  • T-shirt and pair of shorts
  • Soft fabric paints in 5 colors (brown, white, gold, red, and orange used here)
  • Shiny dimensional fabric paint (red used here)
  • 1/2-inch stencil brush
  • Small round brush
  • Pencil
  • Clear self-adhesive shelving paper
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Shirt board
  • Palettes
  • Paper towels
  • Cardboard
  • Waxed paper or plastic wrap

How to make fun on the beach T-Shirt:Step 1: Place t-shirt over shirt board. Cut a piece of cardboard large enough to fit through the leg of the shorts. Cover one side with waxed paper or plastic wrap. Place cardboard through one leg of shorts with front of shorts over covered side.

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Step 2: Cut shelving paper into one 5x11-inch rectangle, two 3-1/2x5-1/2-inch rectangles, and one 3-inch square.

Trace patterns onto shelving paper.
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Step 3: Download this PDF file and print out the patterns in it. Placing shelving paper over patterns, trace outlines of footprint pattern onto 5x11-inch rectangle; trace Shell Pattern No. 1 on one 3-1/2x5-1/3-inch rectangle and Shell Pattern No. 2 on the other 3-1/2x5-1/2-inch rectangle; trace starfish pattern on the 3-inch square.

Cut out each pattern following the outlines.
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Step 4: Cut out all stencils as follows. With point of a small pair of scissors, punch a hole through center of your patterns. Cut out each pattern, carefully following the outlines. Do not cut outside of the outlines.

Step 5: Remove paper backing from footprint stencil. Place along left front side of shirt as pictured, rubbing firmly over entire stencil to ensure that all edges are tightly stuck to shirt.

Firmly tap brush over open area of stencil.
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Step 6: Pour a small amount of brown fabric dye or soft paint onto palette. Dip stencil brush into paint and tap 2 or 3 times on palette to remove excess paint. Firmly tap brush over open area of stencil until brush is dry.

Step 7: Dip brush into paint again, tap off excess on palette and resume painting across stencil. Once all footprints have been stenciled onto shirt, carefully lift off stencil and wipe clean of paint with damp paper towel.

Step 8: Affix stencil to front of right leg of shorts. Following stencil instructions above, stencil footprint design onto shorts with gold paint.

Stencil Part A of Shell No. 2 onto front of shorts.
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Step 9: Stencil Part A of Shell No. 1 onto right shoulder of t-shirt with brown paint by repeating stenciling procedure; with orange, stencil starfish onto lower left corner of shirt; with white, stencil Part A of Shell No. 2 onto front of lower left leg of shorts.

Step 10: When paints are completely dry (at least 1 hour), paint Part B of each shell over corresponding Part A. Place Part B stencil over already-painted Part A for each shell. Stencil as described in Steps 5-9, painting Part B of Shell No. 1 with red and Part B of Shell No. 2 with brown.

Draw in lines on Shell No. 2.
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Step 11: Applying paint directly from bottle, paint red dots with shiny dimensional paint over starfish as indicated on pattern. With brown fabric dye or soft paint and No. 00 round brush, draw in lines on Shell No. 2 as shown below. Allow paints to dry completely.

Tip: Self-adhesive plastic is a great substitute for heavy stencil paper or mylar, which are usually used for stencils. You can easily trace the design through the paper backing, and you can cut the thin plastic with a small pair of craft scissors instead of a matte knife. With its sticky back, stencils cut from self-adhesive plastic hold tightly to the shirt without using toxic adhesive sprays.

Next, learn how to make a boys' t-shirt that's sure to be a home run.

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Baseball Forever T-Shirt

No strikes on this fun baseball-themed t-shirt.
No strikes on this fun baseball-themed t-shirt.
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Root, root, root for the home team in this boys' cap and t-shirt craft decorated with a baseball theme. The easy-to-follow stencil technique shown here makes use of freezer paper, a common household item. Yes, wearable crafts can be that simple.

What You'll Need:

  • White t-shirt and white baseball cap
  • Dimensional fabric paint in white, black, and red
  • Soft fabric paint in butterscotch, green, and red
  • Freezer paper
  • White paper for tracing pattern
  • Pencil
  • Several layers of newspaper or self-healing cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Shirt board
  • Palettes
  • Household sponge cut in 1x1-1/2-inch pieces
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Red fine-point permanent marker

How to Make Baseball Forever T-Shirt:

Step 1: Download this PDF, print out the pattern, and trace the pattern onto the edge of white paper. Tear off a 16-inch piece of freezer paper. Fold freezer paper in half lengthwise, shiny side in. Insert pattern, centering on fold. Trace with pencil and remove.

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Cut out pattern with a craft knife.
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Step 2: Place freezer paper on layers of newspaper or cutting mat. Keep folded and cut on all lines with a craft knife. Save cut-out pieces of pitcher's mound, infield, and baseline.

Step 3: Center negative stencil onto shirt shiny side down and iron with a dry iron until freezer paper sticks.

Iron the infield until freezer paper sticks.
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Step 4: Put baseline cut-out on shirt inside of stencil to guide placement of infield cut-out. Place infield cut-out in proper space, remove baseline carefully, and iron infield in place. (Black dotted line has been drawn on stencil for photographic purposes. You do not have to do this at home.)

Step 5: Insert shirt board, being careful not to pull stencil away from shirt.

Apply white paint to pitcher's mound.
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Step 6: Squirt puddle of white dimensional paint onto palette. Moisten piece of household sponge. Be sure to squeeze out all excess water. Use sponge to apply paint to pitcher's mound area of stencil. Make sure paint covers entire area. Check edges of stencil carefully.

Apply butterscotch paint to the baseline.
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Step 7: Pour puddle of butterscotch soft paint onto palette. Use clean piece of sponge to apply paint to baseline area.

Step 8: Remove infield cut-out. Put baseline and pitcher's mound cutouts in place on shirt directly on top of paint, matching edges as closely as possible. Iron to tack down. This can be done while paint is still damp. Iron lightly and briefly, or wax may transfer from shirt board to back of shirt. Be careful when applying a new color as stencil edges may pop up.

Apply green paint to the infield.
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Step 9: Pour puddle of green paint onto palette. Use clean sponge to apply to infield area.

Apply red paint to the bats.
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Step 10: Pour puddle of red soft paint onto palette. Use clean sponge to apply to bat areas of stencil.

Step 11: Squirt black dimensional paint onto palette. Use clean sponge to dab about a 1-inch strip of black on handle of bat to represent grip area.

Dab more white paint on pitcher's mound.
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Step 12: Remove pitcher's mound cutout. Replace infield cutout. Dab white dimensional paint over previously painted area, using up-and-down motion to give texture to area. Remove and discard all stencils.

Draw 3/4-inch squares to represent bases.
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Step 13: With disappearing-ink pen draw 3/4-inch squares in appropriate areas to represent bases. To make home plate add a triangle to bottom of square (looks like an upside-down house). Beginners may want to draw and cut out paper squares to use as a pattern.

Step 14: Squeezing white dimensional paint directly from the bottle, outline the outside edge of the base and then make thick horizontal lines going back and forth across the base to fill in the area. Complete one base at a time.

Draw stitching on pitcher's mound.
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Step 15: Using red dimensional paint, draw stitching lines on the pitcher's mound to resemble a baseball. Squeeze paint directly from bottle.

Step 16: To make baseball cap, stuff inside of hat with wads of newspaper to help hold up the crown. Wash hands to remove any newsprint ink.

Trace over lines with red fabric marker.
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Step 17: With a disappearing-ink pen, make a mark 2 inches from center on each side of cap, front and back. Connect the front to the back with a curved line. Trace over lines with the red fabric marker.

Draw slanted lines along the curved lines.
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Step 18: With a tape measure, make a dot with the disappearing-ink pen every 1/2 inch along lines. Use the dots as a guide to draw slanted lines on each side of long line as shown. Lines on one side of hat slant toward the front, lines on the other side slant toward the back.

Tip: Freezer paper stencils are wonderful for a child's first fabric painting experience. Draw several basic shapes (or trace cookie cutters) on freezer paper and cut out with a craft knife.

Iron the negative stencils onto a shirt or an apron, and let the child dab paint inside the stencil with a piece of sponge. Make sure he or she paints all the way to the edges. Your child will get a real kick out of peeling off the freezer paper and seeing the colorful shapes!

ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERS

Fun on the Beach T-Shirt by Janelle Hayes, Christina Romo Carlisle and Janis Bullis

Baseball Forever T-Shirt by Janelle Hayes, Christina Romo Carlisle and Janis Bullis

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