"Have A Heart" T-Shirt


Easy DIY Valentine's Day heart t-shirt for toddlers, preschoolers, or older children to make.

3 years ago, when Lena was a wee little thing, my friend and neighbor (and mother of Lena's best friend) invited us over to make Valentine T-shirts.  The two little girls made these cute heart shirts, and then we took them to a photo studio and had the most adorable pictures taken of them together in their matching shirts.  Lena LOVED her heart shirt and wore it all the time.  She's passed it down to Maggie now, who LOVES it just as much.

This year I thought it was time for everyone to have a brand new heart shirt.  We were supposed to make them with Lena's friend again, but we've been home with RSV for a couple of weeks.  Since it will still be another week or so before we should be around other people, we ended up making them separately so that the girls would all have plenty of time to wear them before Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day Heart T-shirt Craft for kids

The idea originally came from Family Fun magazine.

Supplies for heart t-shirt

Gather your materials.   You'll need a T-shirt (prewashed), boxboard, a glue stick, heart doilies, fabric paint (we used Tulip brand), and a sponge brush or makeup sponge.

Cut the boxboard so that it fits within the shirt and place it inside, where the heart will be.  That will keep the paint from bleeding through to the back of the shirt.

Valentine's Day Heart T-shirt Craft for kids

Valentine's Day Heart T-shirt Craft for kids

Spread a thin layer of glue stick on your doily, and position the heart on the shirt.  The glue keeps the heart from moving around while you paint, and will wash out completely.

Using sponge brush to add paint to heart shirt

Squirt some paint on a paper plate and let your child dab paint within the 'open' areas of the doily.

Using sponge brush to add paint to heart shirt

You can keep the paint within the doily, or go around the outside edge as well.  Since Maggie ended up accidentally getting paint on the outside edge of her heart, we decided to go ahead and do the whole outside edge of hers.  I think that either way looks nice.

Paint covered heart

When you're done painting, gently pull the doily off to reveal your beautiful heart shape left behind!  Don't wait for the glue stick or the paint to dry.  Follow the drying and washing instructions on your fabric paint.  We let ours dry for 3 days before washing inside-out on a gentle cycle.  The original shirt (now 3 years old) has held up beautifully without any special laundry care.

Valentine's Day Heart T-shirt Craft for kids

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Cutting Tiny Bites: "Have A Heart" T-Shirt
"Have A Heart" T-Shirt
Easy DIY heart t-shirt for toddlers, preschoolers, or older children to make for Valentine's Day.
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