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Artful T-shirts

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Be dressed to a T in no time with this fuss-free, fabric-stenciling technique.


  • Con-Tact paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Sponges
  • Cotton t-shirt
  • Fabric paints
  • Paper plates


  1. Cut Con-Tact paper into 6-inch-wide squares or circles. Pencil shapes, such as stars, zigzags or even letters, on the back sides. Then turn the designs into stencils by cutting along the pencil lines with a craft knife (a parent's job) and discarding the cutout portions.
  2. Lay the T-shirts flat, and insert a thick layer of newspaper between the front and back of each one (to keep the fabric paint from bleeding through). Peel the backs from the stencils and press the Con-Tact paper onto the shirts, sticky side down.
  3. Pour some fabric paint onto paper plates. Now dip the sponges into the paint and blot color onto the fabric in the center of each stencil. Peel off the stencils when the paint has set for awhile but before it dries.
  4. Once the paint is thoroughly dry, heat-set it according to the package directions, and the shirts are ready to wear.