Sandpaper monoprints are a super cool technique that will keep your kids busy. Grab a t-shirt, sandpaper, and crayons and you are ready to create a work of art.

Here some more fun indoor crafts and activities. My kids especially love making slime and playdough.
child wearing white shirt with rainbow printed with sandpaper on front

Sandpaper Print Supplies

  • Crayons – good quality so they have lots of color
  • T-shirt, – we found ours at the dollar store
  • Fine sandpaper – our package of sandpaper had a selection and we used the finest. The more coarse sandpaper will provide more texture. Give them all a try!
  • cardboard
  • parchment paper or paper towel
  • iron

sandpaper, white tshirt, crayons

How to Make Sandpaper Monoprints

Color a fun design on the sandpaper. Remind children that the image will be reversed.

child's hand coloring a rainbow on sandpaperOnce the design is colored, go back over the design giving the sandpaper an extra thick layer of crayon.

colored rainbow

Place cardboard inside the t-shirt to keep the design from bleeding through to the back of the shirt. Position the sandpaper right side down on the t-shirt.

sandpaper on white shirtPlace a piece of parchment paper or paper towel on top of the sandpaper to protect the iron. Iron, on cotton setting, the sandpaper for about 30 seconds. Gently lift one edge and make sure you have a good print before totally removing the sandpaper. Iron a bit more if you need to transfer more of the crayon.

iron ironing sandpaper

Remove the sandpaper. You’ll have a monoprint with loads of cool texture–not to mention a new darling t-shirt.

To set the color, place a couple of paper towels on top and iron. This will remove some of the extra wax. Toss t-shirt in the dryer for about 20 minutes to set the color. Launder by itself the first time.

What is a monoprint?

Monoprinting is a type of printmaking that you make a single print, unlike most printmaking, which allows for multiple originals. So a monoprint is one of a kind.


While sandpaper prints are perfect for a variety of subjects, rainbows are a favorite theme at our house!

Rainbow Cloud

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