Ha ha ha…. this post should really be called “Not Every Craft Is Simple OR Turns Out The Way You Think It Should!”
Oh- I had great intentions… I thought it would be fun to create t shirts with a cute “Camp Rowley” logo on it…. not that I have any plans for us to wear them anywhere…. but I thought they might make for a cute summer family photo. I had come across this great idea from Skip to My Lou on how to make a t-shirt stencil using freezer paper on a silhouette cutting machine. Since I had purchased such a device last year before the holidays and used it to make the stencils for my etched glass bowl holiday gift, I thought that this would be an excellent opportunity to play around with the silhouette again.
Unfortunately it took me about 50 tries to figure out the right combination of paper speed and thickness settings to use as well as the right sticky mat to hold the freezer paper in place before I was able to get the stencil to cut out with either tearing to bits in the cutter or not cutting all the way through. Suffice to say, the kids lost interest after about the second attempt.
But eventually I ended up with a stencil that I could use (6 copies of it in fact), and proceeded to iron them onto the plain white t-shirts, while the kids looked on, begging me to allow them to “play with” the hot iron themselves.
See, looks all nice, right?
Now here's my BIG TIP…. If you go to all of the trouble to spend hours creating freezer paper stencils and ironing them onto t-shirts, DO NOT just rummage through your craft supplies bin and dig out 2 year old fabric spray paint, and assume all will end well. Because spray paint does tend to clog, and spray paint does tend to spray EVERYWHERE (which means this became yet another step that I would not allow my kids to help with on this craft project that we were supposed to be doing together!)…. and spray paint does not necessarily cover evenly.
So while I tried to improve the situation by using paper towels to blot up the excess and transfer paint to under-coated areas…
The end result still came out like this……
I think I might be rallying the troops this week to tie dye these bad boys and see if we can make the blurs “blend”…. what do ya think?
If you enjoyed this, please check out my other summer camp at home craft ideas (some of which ACTUALLY worked!):
- Teach Your Kids to Draw This Summer
- Stamped Rocks
- Make Your Own Lava Lamp
- Jeans Pocket Notebooks
- Write Notes Using Invisible Ink