- White T-Shirts (I found ours at the Dollar Tree)
- Acrylic Paints (Don't waste your money on fabric paint- it won't matter)
- Letter Stencils (I actually substituted foam letter stickers for stencils because I couldn't find any actual stencils in the right size)
- Foam brushes or stencil brushes
- Cardboard (for inside the shirts)
Prep Work: Glue your stencils together in the words "Jesus" and another that says "me". Again, I used foam letter stickers instead. I did this by cutting a square around each sticker and removing the middle like this:
Also, put a piece of cardboard inside each shirt. This keeps the paint from bleeding through to the other side of the shirt, and also makes a nice, flat work area out of the front of the shirt.
I then glued a poster board "shield" around them because the kids I was working with were very small, and I wanted them to have a bigger target to work with.
Back of Stencil
Front of Stencil on Shirt
I have a few classroom assistants, so I had one of them go around allowing the kids to stencil Jesus, another go around having them stencil "me", and I went around stamping their hand-prints into heart shapes.
We used 3 different colors of acrylic paints in class, but if you have older kids you could actually stencil each letter a different color. Also, upside down hand-prints make a nicer heart shape, but you do what you can with little kids. ;-)
We ended up having a little trouble with our "Me" stencil, so I quickly went back over the letters with one of the foam brushes in a darker color.
That's it! Let them dry and wash as normal. Acrylic paint is not going to wash out of clothes, so it's perfect for this project. Your only motivation for buying fabric paint is that it might dry a little softer than stiff acrylic paint, but even that totally depends on the brand you get.
My entire class wore their shirts to the end of the year ceremony, and they were adorable! Can you guess which song we performed for the group? ;-) When my 2/3 year olds sing Jesus Loves Me, I have them point to themselves each time they say "Me" in the song, and this is a big hit!
Again, I think these would be an absolutely great craft to make for VBS! Then the kids could wear them all week! :-)
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