I have this last Halloween post to share with you, before all the Christmas and Winter posts begin!
Here’s how to make some Halloween Potato Print Tee Shirts with your kids (or use the same technique to make one for yourself of course!)…
Step 1: Gather your supplies – a tee shirt each, some fabric paint and a plate to tip it onto, a paintbrush to stir, a black fabric pen, and some potatoes cut into Halloween shapes. We used a small circle as a spider, a larger circle / oval as a pumpkin, a tall oval with a zig-zag edge as a ghost, and two potatoes cut as bat wings to make a bigger bat:
You will also need large pieces of card to put inside your tee shirts while you are painting – this stops the paint from seeping through to the back of your tee shirts:
Step 2: Protect your work surface if you want to, then spread some black paint onto the plate:
Step 3: Swirl the potato in the paint to make sure the design is covered in paint, then stamp it onto the tee shirts. Little ones may need help to make sure they use the right pressure when stamping:
Step 4: Wash the plate and paintbrush and repeat the stamping with the other designs, using one colour at a time. I had to mix yellow and red to make the orange for the pumpkins, which taught Cheeky Boy about mixing colours too. You won’t be able to see the ghosts on a white tee shirt, but stamp them anyway as we’re going to fix that in the next step:
Do you see the black line at the top of the white tee shirt? That’s where Little Miss dropped her potato and it rolled across the tee shirt. They can be a bit slippery! We decided to pretend it was a spiderweb!
Step 5: Once the paint is dry (we left ours to dry overnight to make sure, but it will depend on your fabric paint), you can then add details with the black fabric pen. Make sure you draw an outline around the ghosts on the white tee shirt:
We also added the spider’s legs, eyes and mouths on the ghosts and pumpkins, and Little Miss added a speech bubble too, which says ‘we are spooky’. We then also added a couple of white blobs of fabric paint for the spider’s eyes, which we left to dry for a couple of hours before putting a small black dot in the middle of the eye with fabric pen:
Cheeky Boy’s drawings were not as neat, but he was really enjoying himself so I just let him get on with it! I love the lopsided eyes he did, as they do look quite scary:
Step 6: Set your fabric paint and pens according to the instructions – if you need to iron it make sure you protect it with a cloth (like a tea towel). Then test your tee shirts out, with some face painting for good measure, and a walk on top of a misty, breezy hill!
They were shouting ‘boo’ at anyone who walked past! These tee shirts could obviously be adapted to suit themes at different times of the year – snowmen and Christmas trees in the winter, Easter Eggs in spring etc. I’m sure we’ll be making more as they have loved wearing them!
Well I think we are all ready for Halloween. I will see you again soon to kick off the Christmas & Winter crafting!