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Hi there, Craft Campers! This is Jill from Homemade by Jill. I’ve always loved making things for kids, and now that my children are getting a little older, I’m learning to love making things with kids. My son and I worked together to make some leaf print t-shirts.
First things first, get out into nature and take a hike! I gave all the kids nature bingo cards to keep them observing (we used the free printable from Totally Tots). Have the kids collect leaves and other nature treasures in a bag to bring home.
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Once you’ve collected a nice assortment of leaves, get started with your leaf prints. We found that leaves with interesting shapes and prominent veins make the best prints. You’ll also need fabric, or a plain t-shirt, fabric paint, and a sponge brush.
- Give your leaves a nice, even coat of paint. You want to apply enough to cover the leaf completely, but try to avoid having gloppy spots.
- Press the leaf to your fabric, smoothing it down completely with your fingers.
- Pull the leaf away carefully to reveal your print!
- Repeat as desired.
Let your paint dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Mine said to air dry for 24 hours, and then heat-set with a hot iron before washing and wearing.
Sew up your t-shirt, if you printed fabric, and you’re all done! Your kids will be thrilled to wear something they had a hand in making.