Whether you're in the market for a rainy day boredom buster or an activity for a Cars-themed party, this fabric decorating technique is one kids are sure to get revved up about. Using a small tire, such as a lawn mower replacement tire or a wheel from a large toy dump truck, you can leave striking patterns of tracks on tired old T's.
- Wooden dowel or long handle wooden spoon
- Small replacement tire (sold at hardware and home supply stores) or large toy truck wheel
- 2 rubber bands
- Black fabric paint
- Paper plate
- Foam brush
1. Cover your work surface with newspaper to project it.
2. Place the T-shirt flat on the newspaper and insert a piece of cardboard between the front and back layers to keep the paint from bleeding through.
3. Insert a dowel or the handle of a wooden spoon through the center of the tire. If the handle isn't thick enough to keep the tire from sliding back and forth, wrap a rubber band around the wood on each side of the hub.
4. Pour some fabric paint on a paper plate. Use the foam brush to apply paint to the tire treads all the way around.
5. Now have your child take a practice run or two by rolling the tire across newspaper to see how the prints look. Once he gets the hang of it, apply more paint to the tire, and he's ready to print tracks on the shirt. He can print a pair of tracks, like the ones on the shirts shown here, or cover the fabric with a crisscross of prints.
6. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before removing the cardboard. Then heat set the paint according to the manufacturer's directions.