- a bunch of white t-shirts
- a rainbow of colour fabric paints and fabric pens
- paint brushes and palettes
- scattering of jazzy jewels
- riot of ribbons
- and some eager kids bursting with creativity
T – s h i r t a r t is very much an individual display of imagination. There are no set rules to create a fabulous t-shirt design. Offer the kids a wide selection of colour and texture and let them loose to express themselves. Children can draw freehand with their own ideas, use stencils or draw over a template placed inside their t-shirt if they wish.
To ensure your party runs with ease, prepare as much as you can in advance. Cover your table with a plastic table cover for protection. Lay out fabric paints, fabric pens, 3D fabric paints and stencils along the centre of the table so all the children can reach. Pour fabric paints into paint palettes for easy sharing.
Apply Fabric Paint with a paint brush or a sponge dabber for different textures. We offer sets in Funky and Standard paint selections all of which can be mixed to create more colours. Or add a bit of white fabric paint to any colour to make paler shades.
Then for the glitzy bit, place some saucers or colourful little bowls on the table, fill with fun embellishments e.g. Jazzy Jewels, Felt Hearts, Satin Puffs, Felt Butterflies or Ribbon Riot. The kids eyes will light up with all the colours, shapes and textures to choose from. This will help the kids plan their designs before they start. You will need some fabric glue to fix the embellishments with. The glue dries clear and stays on after washing. You will also need some paint brushes, water pots and some kitchen roll for the kids to dry their brushes with when changing colours.
Place a t-shirt ready for each child on the table and you’re good to go. Put a piece of cardboard inside each t-shirt, this helps to keep it taught for them to work on easily and also stops the paints running through to the back. Tip: collect empty cereal packets, these work brilliantly.
Giotto Fabric Marker Pens and Berol Fabric Pens in packs of 12 colours. Easy to use, just like a felt tip pen. Great for drawing and writing, but can also be used for colouring small areas. Berol fabric pens have 2mm nibs, great for drawing and Giotto fabric pens have 4mm nibs, great for colouring. We love them!
Take it a step further and put some 3D on your t-shirt. We have a choice of 4 different 3D fabric paint sets, Neon, Sparkle, Pearl and also Standard. Squeezy tubes with nozzles, very easy to glide over fabric and either edge, dot or write with.
When the kids have finished painting, they can add some sparkling jewels, felt flowers, satin puff shapes as well as ribbons using fabric glue. These little bits make all the difference and can turn their t-shirts into unique art!
Fixing the t-shirts doesn’t need to be done straight away or indeed at the party. Leave the t-shirts lying flat somewhere safe whilst the kids are off playing games or having birthday tea. The kids can take them home at the end of the party. KidzCraft provides a Fixing Note for each child to take home so their parents can fix them the next day when they are completely dry.
Fabric Painting Instructions, Ideas, Tips and Fixing Notes are all included with t-shirt painting orders.
Another idea is to pre-print some templates on A4 paper for the kids to place inside their t-shirts and draw over with the fabric marker pens and then paint or colour inside the lines. They can then add their own effects around the main drawing. E.g. a Disney Party where the kids can draw and paint their favourite characters like Tigger, Olaf or Cinderella.
Received my order the next day, thank you for the prompt delivery. The t-shirts were great, excellent quality! The kids used the fabric paints and had a lovely time. We had a very amusing fashion show in the garden afterwards. It was a great idea for a party so thank you KidzCraft.
Mrs N – Yorkshire