Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2015

 This year marks the 5th annual Handmade Holiday Blog Hop and I'm so excited to be one of its contributors! I'm really excited about the gift I made but before I jump right into the how-to I want to make sure you know there are links, and a giveaway, for you to check out at the bottom of the post. 

It's Handmade Holidays blog hop time!

One of my daughter's favorite things to do is draw and frankly, she's pretty good at it. At least I think so and it's hard to argue the merit of a child's artwork with a parent. 

You know who else fauns over your little one's handy work? Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even family friends. Thankfully, it's really easy to turn all their creations into creative, one-of-a-kind gifts! 

Use your kids' drawings to create one of a kind wearables to give as gifts! A great DIY project loved ones would be grateful to receive!

We actually used three different techniques but they all had the same premise and that is to spotlight my budding artist's work. First we created a floral watercolor piece; secondly, we painted on an iron-on image transfer; and thirdly, we combined the water color with the image transfer.  All you need to recreate any of these projects is:

So Soft Fabric Paint - iron on transfer paper - paintbrushes - water - cardboard - 
fabric painting surface - binder clips 

Big thanks to DecoArt who provided the So Soft Fabric Paint for this project! 

They are acrylics that are specifically made for fabric, so they don't crack and the fabric remains soft. When you're using the paint (especially if you're going to water color) you'll need to back your material with a piece of cardboard to prevent bleed through. 

Here's a hack for you - Use binder clips to hold your fabric in place while you're painting! 

Fabric Painting Hack! Use binder clips to hold your fabric to a piece of cardboard!

Like I mentioned before our first project was a floral water color, using only the paint. It was done free hand which can be intimidating but it's not as hard as you'd think.

It's easier than you think to recreate a watercolor effect on fabric and NOT use tie dye! DecoArts So Soft Fabric Paint is less mess, much cheaper, and offers more color options.

To start off I spritzed our shirt with water AND added a bit to the paint. Then we started painting. 

We knew we wanted to do flowers but instead of drawing them straight out we created color blobs-for lack of a better word. 

Using the brush, we dragged the paint out and helped it to spread throughout the fabric until it all kind of blended together.  Sometimes we'd give it an extra spritz of water.

Once it was dry, we painted on our flowers in black. 

 Easily turn your kid's artwork into gifts! 

For our second shirt we used the iron on transfer paper to transfer a drawing to the shirt. Did anyone else feel like that sentence was almost a palindrome?  From there we simply used the paint to color in the design. Doesn't she look like a Modigliani?  

 Create your own t-shirts designs and give them as gifts!

The last project is a gift for myself! Es had drawn a picture of me but hadn't given me any hair. I love that picture so much and thought it would be fun to give myself a rainbow afro (if you saw my hair on a bad day you'd understand) and put it on a shirt! 

So before I ironed on the transfer paper drawing I repeated the same process we used for the first shirt to create a wild array of colors! Watching the colors blend together is so much fun and it's hard to STOP adding more and more. 

To help keep perspective of where the drawing would go I'd just hold it up to the shirt/painting from time to time, as you can see in the picture above.

So much cheaper than tie-dye! Use DecoArt's So Soft Paint to create a watercolor effect!

I know these might not be everyone's cup of tea but I love them. 

If you're thinking they look like tie-dye you'd be correct but they were WAY less messy to make and with the paint you can use so many more colors.

Create a fun watercolor effect with DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint. Makes an awesome gift idea!

I CAN NOT wait to wear my shirt, be sure to follow me on Instagram 
and I'll share a rare selfie when I do! 

Big shout out to all of this year's Handmade Holidays Blog Hop sponsors. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Love love love these! Great ideas! How fun! Thanks for sharing! Thanks also for the chance to win an amazing prize package.
    Janelle R

  2. Gosh, I think its been years since I've painted on t-shirts. Love your modern/contemporary designs! Thanks for sharing

  3. Surely a personalized gift and I just love it. I especially love the tshirt with the gils hair. Love it. Thanks for showing how to.

  4. These are the kinds of shirts that you must wear something presentable underneath. I bet wherever you wear them people offer to buy the shirt off your body. They are wildly imaginative and individual.

  5. What fun shirts! Love the colourful Afro.

  6. Love the hair t-shirt. Thanks for a great project!

  7. I love your t-shirts!

  8. Love all of your projects. I am going to try to make some tee shirts. Thank you for sharing.

  9. such great shirt designs! love the side one with the flowers!

  10. What a fun project! Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. LOVE these awesome shirts!!!! I make a bunch of these every year for gifts and hadn't thought of using watercolors!!! TFS!

  12. I love the multi-color hair! Excellent job on these shirts! Tfs Patricia B

  13. FUN & FABULOUS project - LOVE IT!!!
    LOVE the idea of decorating t-shirts (I used to sew them for everyone in the family, this is taking it up several creative levels - AWESOME) and LOVE the idea of pulling all the ingredients together into kits to giving creative family & friends too!!!

  14. I love this project I can do this with my granddaughter she'll love it and she's got great drawings to lol

  15. these would be fun to make and wear.

  16. That is so cool! We do an exchange in my extended family and I always make gifts for everyone--this year I have tweens, baby and a Mom and Dad to take care of. So far I'm making morse code bracelets for the big girls and some spa treatment type stuff for the Mom. I'm also trying to make a fabric memory game with family photos.

  17. Thank you for sharing your creativity.


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