My husband and I consider ourselves Irish, though Irish-ish is probably more accurate. We each have about 25% Irish heritage so it's not completely unfounded, but we tend to embrace it.
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In the same breath, my son and I love to do crafty acitivites, so when I came across this heart stamped tote from Clumsy Crafter, I instantly adored the idea and wanted to find a way to use it. With just a little bit of tweaking, I came up with a slightly more kid-friendly method and created this fun Shamrock Shirt.
You will need:
*Green Fabric Paint
*Stencil (Free Printable Here Lucky-Shamrock-Printable.pdf )
*Small dish for paint (you may want to use something disposable)
The first step is to begin by cutting out your stencil. Tape your printed shamrock onto freezer paper (not the shiny side) and place both over a cutting mat. Use an X-acto knife to cut out the shapes.
It is much easier to cut out the letters first.
You will want to take special care to not remove the middle of the U or the C
Then cut out the shamrock shape.
Next, iron the freezer paper stencil onto the shirt. If you have never used this method before, the plastic coating on freezer paper temporarily bonds the paper to the fabric, creating a perfect stencil.
Be sure to thoroughly attach the edges.
Then slide some more freezer paper into the shirt so that your paint will not bleed through to the back. I am not exactly sure why, but using extra freezer paper didn't actually occur to me until afterward. I used a file folder instead. It doesn't really matter, whatever you have on hand is fine, just something more substantial than paper.
Now the kids get to start having fun! Put some paint into a small dish (about a nickel size) and give the kids a cotton swab.
Apply the paint by making dots with the cotton swab. Make sure to completely fill in the letters, and thoroughly outline the shamrock for the best effect.
It will look something like this when the painting is done. Follow the instructions on your paint bottle to figure out drying times. My paint said to let it sit for 4 hours.
After the proper drying time, you can peel away the freezer paper stencil.
And your kids will LOVE telling everyone that they made their own shirt.
I know mine sure has. :-)
For more fun projects you can do with the kids: