T-shirt painting is super fun and super easy, especially when you have little ones. It’s a great way to make something with them and for them that is one of a kind. Today, we’re going to make a turkey handprint t-shirt for your little one to wear for Thanksgiving.
- White T-Shirt
- Acrylic Craft Paint (in brown, black, white, yellow, red, and orange)
- Fabric Medium
- Freezer Paper
- Paint Brushes or Small Sponges
Here is a tip for working with little ones – your craft isn’t going to be perfect and that is great. That being said, I like to do one or two practice hand prints on plain paper so I can explain to my child what we’re trying to do. No frustration allowed, this is a fun craft.
Cut some freezer paper and put it inside the shirt – shiny side up (this is important). Mix each color of paint with some fabric medium. I usually use a glass plate or pie pan as the paint washes right off, but you can use a disposable plate if you want.
Paint the brown on the child’s palm and thumb and paint each finger a different color. I chose to use red twice, you can do yours however you want to. Press the child’s handprint onto the t-shirt.
Lift the child’s hand carefully and this is what you have…a multi-colored handprint.
Add legs, an eye and a wattle to make the handprint a turkey. My daughter wanted to add grass and seeds for her turkey to eat. So, we used a toothpick to do that. She’s 5 and pretty careful (for a 5-year-old) so I dipped the toothpick in the paint and we did a few grass tufts together. Then I let her do it by herself, reminding her that more is not always better 😉
Let dry for several hours. The paint will be fully cured in 24 hours. Remove the freezer paper and show it off.
Note from Jessica: I made these last year with my kids and all three (ages 3, 9, and 14) had a great time.