How to Decorate Kids' T-Shirts

Batik Kids' T-Shirt

Each batik kids' T-shirt you make is completely unique.
Each batik kids' T-shirt you make is completely unique.

These batik kids' T-shirts are beautiful, colorful, and simple to make. The great thing about these batik T-shirts is that no matter how many you make, each will be different.

What You'll Need:

  • Large plastic bag
  • White T-shirt
  • Fabric marker or pencil
  • Old crayons
  • Paper cupcake liners
  • Disposable paintbrushes
  • Fabric dye
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Iron and ironing board

How to make a batik kids' T-shirt:

Step 1: Cover your work surface with a large plastic bag. Lightly draw a design on your T-shirt.

Step 2: Remove the paper wrapping from the crayons. Melt the crayons in paper cupcake liners in the microwave.

Step 3: Paint the melted crayons on your design. Let it dry. Then crumple up the T-shirt. This is what creates the cracked look of batik.

Step 4: Mix the fabric dye according to package directions. Be sure to wear rubber gloves. Soak the T-shirt in the dye for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 5: Cover an area of your work surface with paper towels. Place the T-shirt flat on the paper towels to dry.

Step 6: Iron the T-shirt between four layers of paper towels. The paper will soak up the excess wax.

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