Tuesday, June 28, 2011

4th of July T-shirts!

Anybody else getting excited about the 4th of July?!
Normally, our family will bbq, eat TONS of watermelon and red, white and blue desserts, light off fireworks at home and go watch a big display, too!

We weren't in Texas yet for The 4th last year, so we aren't completely sure where to go.
I'm sure the better part of the day will be spent just having fun around the house, though - 
and now we'll be wearing our Red, White & Blue pride!

Our version of 4th of July T-shirts:

My boys like tie-dye shirts.  I don't like the mess.  
Or the time they take.  
So when we found the spray fabric dye, I knew it'd be perfect for us!
These shirts are soooo easy and fast to make - we even did a birthday party once where everyone got to make their own shirt to take home.
There is no wrong way to do this - just let the kids (and yourself!) have fun!

You'll need:
white shirts
spray fabric dye (available at Hobby Lobby)
rubber bands

Decide on the technique you want to use.  I used rubber bands to bunch up my tank - I wanted to focus on my growing baby bump.

You can also just gently twist the shirt, spray, untwist, retwist different direction and spray with another color.  That's what The Chief did:

Con-Man just sprayed in a random design until he was happy with the way it looked:

Here are the finished shirts - nothing fancy, absolutely not perfect. 
But we sure had LOTS of fun making them and will wear them with pride on the 4th of July!


The Chief's


Monkey Man's

Helpful tips:
Cover work surfaces - there will be over-spray.
Wear old clothes in case spray gets on them - it will not wash out.
Follow all directions on bottle - each brand is different.
Stencils are fun to use to make specific shapes.
Let go of your perfectionism - just have FUN!


  1. Love it!!!! I'm glad you had fun in Oklahoma! Wish I could have seen you, but time likes to run away! I moved my blog! come see me at


  2. Those are cute! And how did I not know you were pregnant?! Is this another boy?

  3. Cute! I love that you made one for yourself too:) I rarely have holiday shirts like my boys!

  4. Ambrosia, Where'd you get the paint? I've never seen that before.

  5. Thanks guys! I got the paint at Hobby Lobby - there is a huge selection of colors!

    And yes, I'm 18 weeks pregnant now. With, you guessed it - boy #4. I guess God just thinks I'm a good boy mom. lol

  6. This is a great idea. We are totally doing this for the 4th this year! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Congrats on the 4th boy! I grew up with a sister, never imagining myself with sons...and now I have 3 kids...all boys. I'm sure girls are fun, but boys are fun too! I wouldn't trade them for the world. And hey, with #4 for you at least you are sticking to what you know! :-)


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