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Monster Tank Top by Katie Hacker




When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project.

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts
Time needed for project:
3 to 4 hours ) 2 hours drying time needed

Main Materials:
White tank top (washed and dried)
2 colors of Rit® fabric dye
Elmer’s® School Glue Gel

Basic Materials:
Piece of white paper/black marker
Hot water
3 bowls
Plastic gloves
Newspapers or plastic to cover your work surface
Piece of scrap foam board or cardboard to place inside shirt




  1. Cover your workspace with newspapers or plastic.
  2. Use a black marker to draw your monster on white paper.
  3. Place the foam board inside the shirt with the monster on top.
  4. Use blue gel school glue to trace over your monster picture.
  5. Let the glue dry completely. This takes a while! (Allow 2 hours.)
  6. Put on the plastic gloves.
  7. Place 3-4 drops of dye into each bowl and fill with hot water.
  8. Dip the top of the shirt into yellow dye.
  9. Dip the bottom of the shirt into blue dye, overlapping in the center to make green.
  10. Soak the shirt in cold soapy water for 10-15 minutes to remove the glue.
  11. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for washing and drying your customized t-shirt.


Tip: You can write on your shirt or draw any picture you like, just make sure the glue is dry before you dye your shirt.



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