Crafts on Pinterest are hit or miss. I rarely have encountered one that is just okay. If it fails it fails to an epic proportion and if it is a success than it usually borders on epic success.
Yesterday we found one that is AWESOME.
Approximately one year ago (give or take a few months) I pinned a tutorial for sandpaper t-shirts from AlphaMom. They looked fairly simple and fun to do but I never got around to purchasing the supplies or I just forgot about it. This weekend my boys and I took the plunge and finally bought all the supplies to make sandpaper printed t-shirts.
It cost 8.00 dollars. No kidding.
I had sandpaper on hand (typically 3.00 at wal-mart), we have a million crayons and an iron for craft purposes only.
The wanna-be artist in me couldn’t handle letting my children have free reign with their shirts. I knew if told them to go draw something it would be odd shapes and weird looking people. Instead I took their suggestions and did a few drawings for them.
The great thing about drawing on sandpaper is that you can just blow your mistakes away.
The worst thing about drawing on sandpaper is that you drawing can just blow away without trying.
Going over sketches like these with crayon (prior to coloring) is mandatory.
AlphaMom stresses really applying a lot of color and she is right on. My kids needed to add more color.
Then we applied it to the shirts.
The exact tutorial can be found HERE.
Flip it over so the drawing is on the shirt.
After a minute or two with the iron….
They LOVED them!
We now know that they really needed to use more crayon but we are still really pleased with the results!
It’s easy, affordable and fun.
Maybe next time I will allow them to create their own designs.