Looking for a fun Christmas break project? Try this quick technique to customize a basic tee shirt!
**GIVEAWAY UPDATE: We have a winner! It's Patricia, who said, "My favorite Christmas decoration is the very first one we got 43 years ago this Christmas. It was an Angel dressed in red with yellow hair. It was given to my first born son Robert who was 2 weeks old that Christmas." What a great memory, Patricia! We'll be in touch via email soon :)
To make this project, all you need is some fabric paint, cardboard, a paintbrush...and of course, a tee!
Draw a holly leaf shape onto a piece of cardboard. For reference, mine is about an inch long from top to bottom.
Cut out the holly leaf, and also cut a strip of cardboard. Bend one end of the strip, and glue it to the back of your leaf to make a handle.
Use the paintbrush to 'ink' your stamp. Do a couple practice stamps on some scrap fabric -- it took me a little while to figure out how to transfer the holly leaf shape most clearly.
When you feel confident, slip another piece of cardboard in the middle of your tee (to protect the back from any possible bleed-through), and go for it!
I decided to do an all-over pattern, but you could do leaves in clumps or pairs, or make several different sizes of holly leaves, or....!
Then, use the back of the paintbrush to make the holly berries. Let the tee dry thoroughly, and heat-set the paint following the directions on the package.
And ta-da! You've got a finished shirt!
And, as always, thanks for following along today. Have fun with this!
For Pixie Faire,
My favorite Christmas ornament is a mouse made out of pipe-cleaners that my daughter made when she was a child.
my favorite Christmas decoration is an ornament that I hand-painted. It’s a poinsettia and turned out great, considering I’m a sewer, not a painter.
My favorite Christmas ornament is my Grandmother’s Nativity set.
My favorite Christmas decoration is the flashing angel tree topper that we have had for 15 years!
My favorite Christmas decoration is my Willow Tree nativity scene. I’ve got white lights behind it and I just love the way it looks.
My favorite Christmas decoration is a little wooden Christmas tree my cousin made for us when we first married in 1980. Brenda was about 10 at that time. She made it at a Grange party in upstate New York. It reminds of our strong family ties and love of family. Things like this bind us all together.
My favorite Christmas decoration is my tree. It is full of ornaments my children and grandchildren have made over the decades.
My favorite Christmas ornament is a cinnamon angel ornament that my artist daughter made for me one year. Each year, we make dozens of these ornaments using the online recipe at mccormick.com. After we bake them in our oven, my daughter meticulously paints each one as tiny works of art, then sells them at our community Christmas festival for school fundraisers. The ornaments always sell quickly, because they are not only beautiful, but they also smell delightful — a combination of cinnamon and apples. The aroma makes a room smell like freshly baked apple pie. Luckily, my sweet girl always tucks one of these special ornaments aside for her grateful mom to enjoy. After the holidays, I wrap my treasures carefully in plastic ziplock bags to enjoy for future years. What a marvelous holiday tradition!
Marge R (mer)
December 11, 2014
My favorite Christmas decoration is a simple white birch yule log my Grandfather made my Mom and she passed down to me years ago. It’s holds two taper candles and can be decorated with whatever greenery/accessories I desire each year. Memories are what make the holidays special.