September 14, 2011

Jack-O-Lantern shirts

This is a pre-blogging project from last year, but it turned out so cute I wanted to share it for anyone looking for an inexpensive and easy Halloween project!

Check out this adorable group of Jack-O-Lanterns!

My kids and their cousins last October.

What you'll need:

* Plain orange t-shirts for each child (you can get them on sale at the craft stores for just a few dollars!)
* Black fabric paint or acrylic paint 
* Freezer paper (found in most larger grocery stores near the plastic wrap and aluminum foil)
* Templates of Jack-O-Lantern faces ( I used the printable ones HERE)
* Paint brushes
* Piece of cardboard or newspaper for inside the shirt

Here's what to do:   

(For step-by-step instructions with photos, see my other freezer paper stencil projects HEREHERE and HERE)

1.  Trace or print the jack-o-lantern face onto the paper-y side of a piece of freezer paper.  (If you cut your freezer paper to 8.5x11" you can run it right through most printers.  Just make sure you have the paper set up to print on the paper side, not the waxy side)

2.  Cut out the inside pieces of your pumpkin face, then iron the stencil waxy side down onto the front of your t-shirt.

3. Slip a piece of cardboard or several sheets of folded newspaper inside the shirt so the paint doesn't bleed through.

4.  Using a foam brush, paint over your stencil.  It works best if you brush from the paper onto the fabric so it doesn't bleed under the stencil and you do a couple light coats rather than a thick, gloppy one.

Everyone hard at work (disposable lab coats make great smocks!)

Painting carefully.

The kids chose from a few different designs.

"Pop Pop" helps my youngest with her shirt.
5.  Once the stencils are fully painted, set the shirts aside to dry.  Depending on the amount of paint used and the size of the design, it'll take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours.

That's it!  Cute Halloween shirts for just a few dollars.


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  2. What a great idea for a kids' party, way easier than carving a pumpkin! They look like they're having a blast! Thanks for sharing.- Kim

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  5. Those are adorable, great job!!

  6. Soooo cute! Love the different faces :)

    We would ♥ for you to share this with our readers at our linky party going on this weekend! XO

  7. So cute and what a great tutorial! Thanks for the link to the faces :) I will make this a priority to do for sure! Hope you have a great week, Laura!

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    I think you just gave me Moosey's Halloween bday craft idea...THANKS!

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  10. That is an awesome idea, can't wait to try that with kids at church.

  11. Love this idea, a fab way to keep the kids entertained with a great result at the end! x

  12. So darling, I just love all of the different versions, I love doing projects with the cousins! Thanks for showing off!


  13. this is great and a fab group activity for a party or class!

    Thanks so much for sharing & linking to the Sunday Showcase! I hope to see you again this week!


  14. fun, fun idea. I will be featuring these next week at

  15. So cute it remind me when I was in 2nd grade paint together with my classmates. :)

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