We had a very nice fourth of July at home this year. Terry grilled hamburgers and steaks and we enjoyed eating strawberry shortcake.

I thought I’d pass along this very popular craft that we did with the kids this year. You have probably seen it around on Pinterest, Instagram or elsewhere on the net – but I thought I’d share it anyway.

So here’s how you can make American flag tee-shirts!

You will need plain white tee shirts (we bought ours at Hobby Lobby for about  $3 a shirt), red paint, blue paint and a sponge paint brush, and some small pieces of cardboard.

Place the pieces of cardboard inside the shirt, between the layers, to create a firm surface to paint on and to keep the paint from bleeding through the layers. After that, have your child place his left hand in blue paint, coating the hand entirely. Before doing this, we practiced where we wanted the hand print to go. You’ll want it to be near the upper right hand shoulder of the shirt. Then, take your sponge brush and make red stripes coming out from the hand print and at least two stripes below the hand print, as pictured below.  Allow to dry 12 -24 hours before wearing.

That’s it!

I know, it’s incredibly easy, which makes it my kind of craft!


It kinda looks like they’re all waving!

“Hello, out there in Internet-land!”


Happy Independence Day!


2 thoughts on “Red, White and Blue T-Shirts

  1. Carolyn Courtney says:

    Oh, I love those shirts! That is a great idea, and they all did a super job on them. Those are handsome children in patriotic shirts. Do you have to use a special paint that won’t wash out?
    I love you.


    1. I used a paint that said it was okay for fabric. I hope it works. I guess we’ll see!


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