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Personalized DIY Kids Birthday Shirt Idea

This DIY birthday shirt is a memorable craft idea to make with your child for their b-day party. Free printable template for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th birthdays. Simple supplies include freezer paper and fabric spray paint. Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

This DIY birthday shirt is a memorable craft idea to make with your child for their b-day party. Free printable template for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th birthdays. Simple supplies include freezer paper and fabric spray paint. Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comSince kids are awesome zen masters and basically perpetually live in the present, it doesn’t really matter if their birthday is a week away or 42 weeks away, the thought of it is equally electrifying.

So the mere whisper of the DIY kids birthday shirt idea I was drumming up was enough to capture 1000% of Mo’s attention.

On a rare trip to Walmart, I stumbled across a gold-trimmed shirt I’d describe as “understated Lady Gaga,” which is also known as “perfect for a toddler.” It even has a POCKET. And the pocket can fit small animals in it. This is the stuff of dream childhoods.

This DIY kids birthday shirt is a memorable craft idea to make with your child for their b-day party. Free printable template for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th birthdays. Simple supplies include freezer paper and fabric spray paint. Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comMo is no stranger to the craft store, so she was very willing when I invited her to come with me to find some paint to customize her 3rd birthday shirt. It took some convincing, but we agreed to temper the gold trim with more gold paint instead of another flashy color. (First time ever gold glitter sounded less Lady Gaga-esque than lime green paint.)

I heart this project for three reasons:

  1. We made it together! The entire process was collaborative, hands on and memorable.
  2. A DIY kids birthday shirt is super special to wear the actual day of the birthday party, just in case there’s any confusion about WHO is having a b-day.
  3. Kids can take so much pride in making something themselves that they get to wear and tell people about.

This DIY kids birthday shirt is a memorable craft idea to make with your child for their b-day party. Free printable template for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th birthdays. Simple supplies include freezer paper and fabric spray paint. Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comAnd the controlling part of me that is constantly Photoshopping my life in my mind really likes that this birthday shirt turned out looking pretty intentional, even with an enthusiastic toddler at the helm.

Creating the number stencil to add to the shirt is as easy as finding a font you like, typing one number, increasing the font size to, like, infinity and printing it out.

Buuuuut, if you just want to plug and play, I’ve created a birthday shirt template in this font for numbers 1-9 and added it to the Make & Do Crew Subscribers Vault.

Simply enter your email in the pink and green box at the bottom of this post and you’ll gain instant access to download the template, plus all of our other free patterns and templates.

DIY KIDS BIRTHDAY SHIRT SUPPLIES

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• spray fabric paint (I used Tulip Glitter Spray Paint in Glistening Gold)
• a cotton shirt (Lady Gaga details optional. Ours was $5 at Walmart.)
birthday number template (subscribe at the end of the post to download)
freezer paper
• tape
• iron (for the grownup to use)
utility knife (for the grownup to use)
• thick paper for inside the shirt
• newspaper to protect surrounding area

1. Wash and dry the shirt.

2. Print the appropriate number from the template or create your own. Tape the printed template on top of a piece of freezer paper. Use a utility knife to carefully cut out the number. (Obviously, this is an adult job.)

This DIY birthday shirt is a memorable craft idea to make with your child for their b-day party. Free printable template for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th birthdays. Simple supplies include freezer paper and fabric spray paint. Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com3. Place the cut out number on the shirt, shiny side down. Iron on medium hot until the freezer paper is adhered well to the shirt. (Again, adults only.)

This DIY kids birthday shirt is a memorable craft idea to make with your child for their b-day party. Free printable template for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th birthdays. Simple supplies include freezer paper and fabric spray paint. Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com4. Place a sheet of thick paper inside the shirt so that the paint doesn’t seep through.

5. Have your child spritz the fabric paint around the entire edge of the number. This proved to be a little trickier for 3-year-old hands than I hoped. I ended up doing a lot of the spraying, while she showed me where to put it. I think a slightly older child would have no problem.

This DIY kids birthday shirt is a memorable craft idea to make with your child for their b-day party. Free printable template for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th birthdays. Simple supplies include freezer paper and fabric spray paint. Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com6. Let the paint try a bit and repeat with as many coats as necessary. Since our paint was pretty translucent, we used 3-4 coats to create a saturated enough layer of paint that the number would be pretty visible.

This DIY kids birthday shirt is a memorable craft idea to make with your child for their b-day party. Free printable template for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th birthdays. Simple supplies include freezer paper and fabric spray paint. Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com7. Let the paint dry overnight and then let your child peel back the number stencil, revealing the special birthday shirt underneath.

8. Practice endless birthday dress rehearsals with this crochet birthday cupcake until the big day rolls around!

This free amigurumi crochet cupcake pattern makes a perfect DIY gift idea for a toddler or child. The birthday candle adds even more possibilities for play to this sweet toy. Or make it for a friend or co-worker when you need a calorie-free birthday gift! | MakeAndDoCrew.comIf you like to craft with your creative kid, you might like these projects too:
Potato Stamp Towels
Modern Popsicle Stick Hearts

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2 Comments

  • jackie lungley
    February 24, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Please could you let me have access to the number templates please thanks

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 24, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Hey Jackie–

      Thank you so much for pointing out that I left the “subscribe” box off of this post. Oops! I’m sorry if that left you confused. Noooow if you enter your email address in the pink and green box above, you’ll be sent a password to access our exclusive Subscriber’s Vault where you’ll find this template, plus lots of others. (Once you enter your email address, be sure to check your email for a confirmation email. It might be in your spam or promotions folder. Click that big “confirm” button and you’ll have the password in your inbox in no time 🙂 Let me know if you need more help. I don’t want anything to stand in the way of your crafting!

      Thanks for reading Make and Do Crew.
      jess

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