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DIY Painted Cat T-Shirt Tutorial

My daughter is obsessed with cats. She will only wear cat clothes. As a result, she asks to wear a cat shirt or cat dress and cat leggings every single day. The only alternative she deems acceptable is leopard print. Leopard print is her new neutral. Who knew Leopard print would be such a big deal with the preschool crowd? Three year old girls are fashion gurus. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

The problem is we only have a few items of clothing with cats on them. We didn’t know the cat-clothing-catastrophe would descend upon us so quickly. I can’t keep up with her daily demand because laundry doesn’t happen by fairies. I do the laundry. It’s me! Only me. Why can’t there be laundry fairies? Why? I needed a solution that allowed me to completely embrace my laundry procrastinating ways! I had to find an inexpensive way to expand our cat clothing collection. My budget conscious wheels were turning.

I bought a pack of Hanes boys t-shirts, some acrylic craft paint, and got to work (I am an Amazon Affiliate. Clicking theses links will take you to Amazon where you can quickly purchase the items you need to start painting). You can watch my DIY Painted Cat T-Shirt tutorial below.

DIY Painted Cat T-Shirt Instructions

Step 1: Put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so your design stays on the front. You can paint the back after the front has dried.

Step 2: Water the acrylic paint down until it is a thin liquid. This helps the fabric fibers absorb the color. If the paint goes on too thickly it may come off in the wash.

Step 3: Paint a simple cat outline. Or any other animal your child is currently obsessed with. Then let the outline dry.

Step 4: Fill in your cat with paint. Choose colors wisely because they do tend to bleed into each other a little. So think blue and yellow so if the colors mix you have some green. Red and yellow gives you orange. Colors on the opposite sides of a color wheel will give you a brown or gray.

Step 5: After your cat is mostly dry begin painting the background. Once the front is dry, flip it over and paint the back of your shirt. Let it dry completely.

Step 6: Wash it in cold water and tumble dry on low. You may see some fading similar to tie-dye over time.

Step 7: This step is for the kids. Grownups should close their eyes so they don’t become alarmed. Kids, wear your cat shirt daily so your parent has to do laundry every single day…or they break down and makes you many more shirts. The more the merrier, right?

Or just go full on leopard print because you only live once!

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set For Kids

I made a DIY fairy garden play set for my daughter and now you can make one too!

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set

Here is the supply list:

  1. Wooden Doll People like these I bought on Amazon.

2. Artificial flowers (bought mine at the Dollar Tree).

3. A  plastic tray (another Dollar Tree purchase).

4. Small clay pots (or even plastic will do).

5. Sharpie Fine Point Markers or paint to draw the faces.

6. Hot glue gun.

7. Scissors.

WARNING: Depending on how old your child is they may want to help create the fairy garden. They may want to draw the faces or choose the flower parts to make hats, clothes, and wings. My daughter helped with both. If this happens, your fairies will be perfectly imperfect, so give your kid the tools and hum “Let It Go” to yourself as you lose total control over your craft.

Then just make your own fairy garden exactly the way you want it.

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set For Kids

 

Step 1: Pull apart your artificial flowers and decide which parts would make nice hats, wings, and skirts (or any other clothes you want). My daughter wanted a crown on her King and Queen so she found some flower parts that worked. You may need the scissors to make bigger holes or to cut individual petals.

Step 2: Using the hot glue gun glue your flower parts to your wooden dolls. We made skirts out of petals, crowns out of the greenery, and wings out of both. To make the wings you can fold one side of a petal and glue it into a point and then glue the point side to the dolls back. Let the glue cool.

***Hot glue is hot so never let little kids use it. They will get burned.

Step 3: Using Sharpies (or if you have a very steady hand, acrylic paint will do) give your fairies some faces. My daughter wanted to have a baby fairy crying and a grumpy mom (I have no idea where she got that idea). The ink does bleed a little so make sure you give yourself enough space when making the eyes or they will turn into two blobs. If this happens you can pretend your fairy has two shiners that he or she received after getting into a drunken brawl before visiting the garden. Probably not a great thing to tell the kids, but I am sure you can come up with an equally as entertaining story. Perhaps something like this: Ms. Fairy was crying so much that her mascaara ran…or even better just turn those eyes into sunglasses and call her a “beach fairy.”

Step 4. Get the plastic tray and hot glue the pots and flowers to it to create a garden. We left our pots empty because my daughter’s fairies like to fly in and out of them, but you can fill yours with flowers or turn them on their sides.

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set

Step 5: Let your kids play with the fairies in the flower garden. When they are finished they have a cute little play set that can be left out as an indoor fairy garden decoration. For extra fun leave little notes from the fairies for your child. Trust me, they love that sort of thing!

Step 6: Pat yourself on the back for making your own toy. High-five your spouse. Strut around your living room like a super hero mom or dad. Then go read a book, take a bath, or drink coffee and stare out the window completely lost in your own thoughts, while your kid plays quietly for the next 5-20 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

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Kids DIY Butterfly Wings

DIY Kids Butterfly Wings

These DIY butterfly wings are so easy to make kids can do it by themselves. All you need is one piece of poster board, scissors, yarn, a crayon, and paint. The first step is to draw wings onto the poster board using a crayon similar to the color scheme you have chosen for your wings. You can just “wing” it (pun totally intended) or you can ask a partner to help you. What we did is lie on the floor, on top of the poster board, and made an outline of our bodies. That way we knew where to start the wings and we had an appropriate sized butterfly body to work with.

Kids DIY Butterfly Wings

Then we cut out the butterfly drawing using scissors and bent the wings so they would flare out. While we had the wings bent we cut two holes on the fold (on each side) to thread the yarn through. The yarn will tie in the front to attach the wings to our bodies. You’ll want to make sure you have the yarn from the top holes go over your your shoulders and the yarn from the bottom holes go under your arms. We crossed the yarn in the back for extra stability (as suggested by a Facebook Fan…thank you, Oh Rain!) and crossed them again in the front.

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After making sure the wings would fit we took them off and my 5 year old daughter started painting. She used an old jar and a crayon to trace circles because she was inspired by the Monarch butterfly.

Kids DIY Butterfly Wings

We used glow in the dark craft paint, but you can use any kind of paint you want. We painted both sides of the wings because both sides can be seen. It is best to use paint that doesn’t require a lot of water. The poster board will curl a little if it gets too soggy. We worked in thin layers to build up richer colors and used the paint straight out of the bottle. Once the paint dried my daughter also added some plastic self-sticking jewels because she is all about the sparkle.

Kids DIY Butterfly Wings

Once the wings were dry we tied them back on  to give them a whirl. My daughter particularly liked that she could make the wings move by pushing on them with her elbows. She could pretend she was flying!

Kids DIY Butterfly WIngs
The Catterfly.

We went to a Halloween party last weekend and she was complimented many times. She was very proud because she painted them herself.

If you have a daughter like mine who likes to combine costumes (this year she plans to be a princess catterfly (part princess, part cat, part butterfly) you can always adapt the wings to suit your purpose. If you made the tops and bottom of the wings more pointy you could have fairy wings instead. You could also shape the poster board so it looks more like angel wings and paint feathers on instead for a completely different look.

I know we are making wings for Halloween, but wings are also a wonderful addition to a trunk filled with dress up clothes. After Halloween I often pick up costumes and costume propts for pennies on the dollar to add to out pretend play collection, but it’s always more fun to make them yourself, isn’t it?

Happy Creating!