Well, this was a first for me – designing a t-shirt for my kindergartener’s 100th day of school. Apparently, it has become all the rage. The assignment was to put 100 items on a shirt and t-shirt paint was a suggested medium. We worked hard on our shirt, but we certainly weren’t the only ones. There were so many cute 100 days of school shirt designs at my son’s school. Those kiddos’ families were super creative. Keep reading to see how my son and I put together this Star Wars 100 days of school t-shirt idea.
STEP ONE: GET INSPIRATION
We looked on Pinterest to get our creative juices flowing. My son, of course, picked light sabers. He’s a huge Star Wars fan and I thought the light sabers would be easy for him to draw. I wanted him to participate in making this shirt as much as possible, so I let him pick the theme.
STEP TWO: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
We started with a trip to Michael’s where we got a t-shirt,and t-shirt paint pens that I did not even know existed.We bought and used one yellow, two silver, one blue, and one red t-shirt paint pen and used them all. Also, we used a printable iron on paper for the front of the shirt. All of these supplies are also available on Amazon as well, but sometimes it’s nice to shop in person.
STEP THREE: DESIGN THE FRONT OF THE SHIRT
We used a printable iron-on.
I liked the idea of adding lettering and a saying about 100 days. After, I considered how I would do my lettering, I basically thought I would just end up messing up the shirt. So, I turned to my stash of iron on fabric. I had two sheets left. This is an iron on fabric that you can just put in your printer and print a photo or anything else you would like onto the fabric, then you can iron it on your shirt. These I ordered some time ago on Amazon, but you can also find them at Michaels. I’ve linked to both below.
Here is my bonus Photoshop trick.
I designed my iron on using a photo from my recent Darth Vader photo shoot that you can see here. I added the text “100 Days Smarter He Is” under the photo and taught myself a new Photoshop trick. After I added the text, I converted it to a shape and then selected perspective. Then I was able to pull the bottom of the text to make it look like the text does in the opening of all the Star Wars movies. I thought this was a nice touch and I love learning a new trick.
After printing my new photo onto the iron on paper, I ironed it to the front of the shirt. I used the full 8 1/2 x 11 sheet and I probably should have made it smaller. It was kind of stiff for him to wear, but it was only for one day and it added so much to the shirt. He was the only one in the school with a photo of himself on his shirt.
STEP FOUR: DESIGN THE BACK OF THE SHIRT
Then we designed the back of our shirt. I liked the idea of using 100 like a number on the back of a jersey; so, I used some large number stickers on the back of the shirt as a pattern. Next, I added two light sabers going through the numbers. I drew two light sabers on paper and cut them out to add to my pattern.Then, I taped them to the shirt and the numbers. Once I had everything in place, I traced around my pattern with a yellow t-shirt paint pen. When that was dry, I took the light saber patterns off and colored them in with my silver, red and blue, pens. This took a few coats with the pens. At first I wasn’t sure the silver was going to show up, but after the first coat dried, the second coat looked much brighter.
100 Light Sabers for 100 Days of School
At this point, I let the kids jump in. They were dying to help. I showed them how to draw a light saber and they went to work, drawing 100 light sabers. They did wear themselves out and I went back over their work making the light sabers slightly bigger. We did silver handles with some red light sabers and blue light sabers. I let them put them on the front, the back, the sleeves, just where ever they wanted to draw a light saber. This actually probably helped me quite a bit. If they hadn’t just jumped in and randomly placed light sabers, I’d probably still be analyzing and over-thinking their placement.
After we wore the shirt, we just hung it in the closet. I can’t imagine that it would withstand a washing. The paint might stay on, but I think the iron on would need to be sewed on around the edges. I haven’t ever tried to wash an iron on, so I don’t know how it would turn out.
This was such a fun project to do with my kids. If you have a kid in pre-school or kindergarten, chances are you’ll be doing a similar project around January or February. So, save this idea if you also have a young Star Wars fan in the house.
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T-Shirt Design for the 100th Day of School
The article describes the process of designing a t-shirt for a kindergartener's 100th day of school celebration. The author and their child chose a Star Wars theme and used various materials and techniques to create the design. They used t-shirt paint pens, printable iron-on paper, and their own Photoshop skills to add personalized elements to the shirt.
Steps to Design the T-Shirt
The article outlines the steps followed to create the t-shirt design:
Step One: Get Inspiration: The author and their child looked for inspiration on Pinterest and decided to use light sabers as the main theme for the design.
Step Two: Gather Materials: They purchased a t-shirt, t-shirt paint pens (yellow, silver, blue, and red), and printable iron-on paper from a store like Michael's. These materials can also be found on Amazon.
Step Three: Design the Front of the Shirt: The author used printable iron-on paper to add a photo and text to the front of the shirt. They used Photoshop to create a Star Wars-themed design and ironed it onto the shirt.
Step Four: Design the Back of the Shirt: The author used large number stickers as a pattern and added two light sabers going through the numbers. They traced the pattern with a yellow t-shirt paint pen and colored the light sabers with silver, red, and blue pens. The child also drew additional light sabers on the shirt.
Washing and Durability
The author mentions that they haven't tried washing the t-shirt with the design, but they speculate that the paint might stay on while the iron-on paper may need to be sewn around the edges for better durability.
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