Hands on Crafts For Kids is the resource for kids craft projects and instructions for kids 6-12 and parents, teachers and other group leaders. It includes school and curriculum based projects,  multi cultural projects, and every day, holiday and seasonal ideas.

It is  the online home of the public television program Hands On Crafts for Kids.

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Franz Spohn will show how to design a custom t-shirt.


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: Moderate to Advanced

Appropriate for:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics – measuring
Visual Arts

Approximate time needed for project:
2 hours

Wear it: Uniforms, fashion, costumes and everyday dress all play a role in our lives. What you wear to school may differ quite a bit from what you wear to a wedding.  The clothes that you wear can indicate what you are doing. School clothes, studio clothes, sports clothes, etc.

Design a Tee Shirt
Materials Needed:
Faber-Castell Beeswax Crayons
Faber-Castell Connector Paints
Faber-Castell Connector Pens
Faber-Castell Gel Sticks
T-shirt transfer paper

Design a t-shirt with a theme that will indicate when you might wear it or what you are thinking about during an activity. Draw directly on a sheet of Fabric Transfer Paper. This can be a blank piece or you can pre-print words on it first from an inkjet printer and then draw on it. The image that you draw will be reversed when it is ironed onto the t-shirt so keep this in mind, especially when using letters, numbers and words. You can draw a number of images and cut them out and transfer them separately. The t-shirt is your canvas and it will be fun to think about the whole shirt – front, back, sleeves and sides. Perhaps a shy dragon peeking out from beneath your arm?  Have an adult help you iron your design on to your t-shirt.

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