Summer Camp: Sponge Painted T-Shirts


Sponge painting t-shirts is a fun and simple way to let kids express their creativity!  Great summer boredom buster!

Hello, Design Dazzle readers! My name is Sarah and I blog over at Craft Quickies. I was so excited when I got asked to be a “Camp Counselor” here for a post this summer! I used to teach elementary school, and I am now a stay-at-home-mom, so all things kid are near and dear to my heart. I am just a color-loving, picture-book-reading, holiday-celebrating dork at heart. It’s true! However, I usually blog about recipes and crafts that I do on my own, not with my kids. I have been thinking for some time now that I should be incorporating more kid crafts and learning activities into my blog, so this post was just the kick in the pants that I needed to get started on that goal!

My mom loved sponge painting. She sponge painted everything, especially her walls. Yikes. We just recently redecorated her house (she is deceased), and there was quite a bit of sponge-painting to paint over. She always tried to convince me that sponge painting really was “in” in the early 1990s. I’m still skeptical. 🙂

Along with sponge painting her walls, she also had us sponge paint our own t-shirts, wrapping paper, and other things. I always loved doing that when I was little, so I decided to do some sponge-painting with my little boy so that he could design his own Fourth of July t-shirt for our neighborhood parade. My dad saw it drying and said, “Ummm…..I think you might be losing your touch, girl…” Gee, thanks, Dad! The FOUR YEAR OLD did it! Haha.

The beauty of this activity is that you can do it with any shape or design that you want! Now let’s get going on some FUN!
Sponge painting t-shirts is a fun and simple way to let kids express their creativity!  Great summer boredom buster!

For this activity you will need a plain t-shirt (I usually find them cheap at Walmart or Hobby Lobby), fabric paint, and plain sponges, cut into any shape that you would like. I also suggest putting something in between the two layers of the t-shirts, such as foil, wax paper, or cardboard. Otherwise the paint may soak through and glue the back and front of the shirt together. Not that I know that from experience or anything…..
Sponge painting t-shirts is a fun and simple way to let kids express their creativity!  Great summer boredom buster!

Put an apron on your little one and get ready to paint! Sponge painting t-shirts is a fun and simple way to let kids express their creativity!  Great summer boredom buster!

Simply dip the sponge into the paint and press it onto the shirt! Try not to tell them where to paint, Mom. I know it’s hard, BELIEVE ME, but it doesn’t really matter what their t-shirt looks like, and they have so much fun being “in charge” of their own art project!
Sponge painting t-shirts is a fun and simple way to let kids express their creativity!  Great summer boredom buster!

Now let that shirt dry!
Sponge painting t-shirts is a fun and simple way to let kids express their creativity!  Great summer boredom buster!

Ta-da! So proud of his artistic handiwork. I just love him. Oh, and while he was working I made one for his sister, too, so that we were crafting together. She is my sweet girl.
Sponge painting t-shirts is a fun and simple way to let kids express their creativity!  Great summer boredom buster!

Did you like this project? Then you may be interested in the watermelon-inspired outfit that I posted on my blog recently. It was a bit too advanced for a preschooler to help me with, but it would be well within the ability level of an older child! (This is the same headband that I showed on her above. The tutorial for both the shirt and the headband can be found here.)
This watermelon-inspired outfit can be made in 15 minutes total! So cute!!

I hope you enjoyed my summer camp activity and that you will come visit me on my blog, Craft Quickies! In addition to being a mama, blogger, and former elementary school teacher, I am also a jewelry designer, so I have a mixture of jewelry, sewing, recipe, and holiday-related tutorials and posts on my blog. I would love to have you check it out! I can be found on social media as well. Here are the links to my Facebook, G+ and Twitter accounts, as well as Pinterest and Instagram, which are my personal favorite forms of social media. Thanks to Toni for having me! I have been loving this entire Summer Camp series!!

 

 

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We are hosting Summer Camp Mon- Fri June 3rd to July 3rd (weekends will be for our regular posts). We are featuring awesome “Camp Counselors” (blogging friends) who have created super fun ideas and activities to help you SURVIVE summer with the kids. Click on the Summer Camp banner to be taken to our Summer Camp series.


 
Posted on July 1, 2013
 
Categories: crafting with kids, crafts, creative ideas, diy tutorials & creative ideas, fourth of july, holiday awesomeness, holiday ideas, summer camp, summer camp

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  1. Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road says:
    July 1, 2013

    Sarah you are so creative with your little ones. Love the t-shirts!!

  2. Rose says:
    October 11, 2014

    New to craft painting. Looks easy enough to paint tee shirts but do you need to take extra care with washing the shirt after drying? How do you keep the paint from bleeding out when washing?

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      October 16, 2014

      Rose,
      I would always wash inside out and line dry. It’s been a while since I have washed painted shirts. I’m not sure about the bleeding out part. Maybe do some experimenting on an old shirt at first.
      Good luck!

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