For the past year I’ve been wanting to make tie-dye snowman shirts for my boys. The idea was to somehow tie-dye a shirt with a blank “snowman” design on it, and then fill in the features of the snowman with paint, markers and other crafty items. I did find a tie-dye tutorial to complete my project, but it looked a little … wet and messy. I would have to get balls of different shapes, rubber band them on the shirt, soak the shirts, let them dry, remove the balls, then fill in the features. I would have done it that way… if I didn’t find a better technique. But some online research introduced me to Simply Spray Fabric Paint.
Simply Spray Fabric Paint looked easy to use … and I was right! Below are the items I used and the steps I took to create my shirts. Please allow 4 days to complete the project. As you read the directions, you will understand why.
- White t-shirts
- Simply Spray in various shades of blue
- Something to “block” the spray on the shirt. I used 3 vitamin container tops of various sizes
- Fabric Markers
- Buttons, bells, etc as desired
- Towels or something to cover the spray area
- Plastic to stick inside the shirt to keep the paint from passing to the other side,
- Place a white t-shirt on your working top.
- Place your container tops onto the shirt in the shape of a snowman.
- Scrunch the shirt all around, making sure to maintain your snowman
- Spray a color of your choice on the shirt
- Unscrunch shirt and then rescrunch in a different way.
- Spray a second shade onto the shirts.
- Keep spraying and scrunching until you have a pattern you like.
- When you are done with the front, remove your circles. Then put that piece of plastic or an old shirt into the original shirt and turn the shirt you are designing upside down. Now scrunch the back of the shirt and spray using the same method as before.
- When you are done spraying, hang the shirt to dry for 72 hours.
- Wash the shirt and dry, as per package directions.
- Now you can add snowman features using Fabric Marker and/or t-shirt paint. Follow manufacturer directions re: washing and drying.
- One the features are in place, you can sew on buttons or bells, if desired, to accessorize your shirt.
- WEAR and ENJOY!
MY THOUGHTS: This project was simple enough that my almost 4-year old could work on his shirt with my help. I was neat doing it myself, but when he sprayed he did get my hands and shorts. And since it’s fabric paint, it didn’t come off my shorts. It did wash off my hands with soap and water.
I think these paints would be fun to use at a playdate or party! Let kids design their own shirts quickly without huge tubs of water! And I can’t wait to try out the orange and black for some Halloween Pumpkin shirts!
My only tips are to make sure you wear old clothes when doing this. And make sure you completely turn off the can after you spray. You have to manually click it off at the trigger. If you don’t do that, the aerosol will escape. I made the mistake of not clicking one can and I ran out of aerosol even though there was still paint in there.
PRODUCT INFORMATION: There are currently 13 colors to choose from. You can purchase Simply Spray for approximately $4.95 a can, which can do multiple shirts. I still have spray after doing 4 shirts! I used a mix of three blues. You can also buy 3 packs for around $13.50 and a party pack of 6 cans for $25.00. You can purchase Simply Spray online or at craft stores like JoAnn’s and Michael’s.
This is solely the opinion of the Mom Buzz. Other people may have different experiences with the product. And don’t forget to enter my other hot contestsso you can win and try buzzworthy products! The Mom Buzz was not compensated for this buzz. The MomBuzz did receive the spray above for review. The tutorial is theMomBuzz’s idea.