My neighbor recently had a dragon training-themed birthday party for her 4-year son (a post unto itself), which gave me an opportunity to try making a dragon t-shirt for the birthday boy (and his little brother and Christian…) I knit the dragon scarf for him too, and that, also, must be put aside for another post.
This technique of making t-shirts produces t-shirts that look like they were professionally silk-screened, except that you can choose ANY DESIGN YOU WANT. Even better, you can make them at home for under $10 per shirt including the cost of the shirt – it’s virtually free if you already have solid-colored shirts to use.
This is the same technique that soulemama illustrates in her book The Creative Family.
- Image of your choice – I’m using an enlarged dragon xerox from my friend’s free clip art. It should enlarged to be exactly the size you want.
- T-shirt – solid color (widely available for $5 at Old Navy or Target or craft store or online…)
- Butcher paper – apparently the Reynold’s brand is easy to find. I just used the stuff that was wrapped around my boar’s head deli cheese. It’s the same stuff! Paper with one waxy surface.
- T-shirt paint – Scribbles is cheap and easy to find ($2 at Joann’s) or you can splurge and get Lumiere by Jacquard which is $5 a bottle. You only need a little bit, so it’s fun to share with a friend. My friend just loaned me her paints. (Thank you, Ruth!)
- Scissors/Exacto knife – Both would be handy, but you can do it with just one of the two.
- Protected working surface
Look around, you may have everything you need already in your house. This project is fast, easy, and extremely satisfying. It makes a wonderful and useful personalized birthday gift.