Father’s day is just around the corner. I have the perfect gift you can help your grandchildren make for Dad on his special day. An Easy Fathers Day Shirt personalized with your grandchild’s handprint. This is a fun, quick and easy project that Dad will love to wear over and over again! And you can always make a second one for Grandpa! (Grandpas love this kind of stuff!)
- 100% Cotton shirt in Dad’s size – buy here
- Contact paper
- Spray bottle
- Exacto knife and cutting board
- Marker or pen
- Bleach (small amount in spray bottle)
- Grandchild’s hand to trace for the shirt
This project is best if you spray the bleach on the t-shirts outdoors away from anything that bleach might harm.
- Cut a piece of contact paper into a square shape large enough for a child’s hand to fit. I used a plain piece of paper to practice cutting the heart out and then traced the paper cut out onto the contact paper.
If your grandchild is old enough allow them to trace their hand themselves. For the younger children trace their hand for them. Then draw a small heart in the palm of the hand.
Using a cutting board and an Exacto knife, cut out the handprint and heart.
Lay shirt on a smooth hard surface. Decide where you want your child’s handprint on the shirt. Usually right around the heart area is good.
Peel the backing off the contact paper and carefully place the clear contact paper onto the shirt. Smooth out any wrinkles as you go. Make sure there is no hair or dust under the design. (If the contact paper is not attached well the bleach might seep beneath the hand print design.)
Place another piece of contact paper on the inside of the shirt to protect the back of the shirt from bleach seeping through.
Hang up your shirt.
Add some bleach into your spray bottle and spray bleach directly onto the shirt where the contact paper handprint is. Be CAREFUL not to use too much bleach or it will seep through to the back of the shirt. Do not allow smaller children to spray the bleach, do this part for them.
Allow the shirt to hang outside for 15 minutes to half an hour. Kids love to see how the bleach starts working in just a few minutes!
Place the shirt in the washing machine with the contact paper handprint still in place and wash according to the shirts washing directions.
Remove the shirt from the dryer and admire your handiwork! Have your grandkids help wrap it up for a fun Father’s Day gift.
Here is a close-up of how the darling handprint turns out!
Any Dad and/or Grandpa will be thrilled to wear this handmade Father’s Day gift!
Inspiration for this fun post is from Kim Bond at Spotted Pony
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass says
What a great idea Tracy! Love this shirt. And I can think of a few dads I know who will love it too. Congrats on the beautiful new site!
Allie you are such a sweetheart! Thanks so much for your kind words and we hope all is well with your sweet family!
This is such a great idea! Is there a way to do it without contact paper?
We’ve done crafts like these with scouts many times and they are always fun for the kids and adults. We’ve always used foam craft sheets. Cut out your design and lay it on the shirt. We generally put something inside the shirt, like cardboard, to keep the bleach from bleeding to he other side. We also rinse our shirts in cold water to deactivate the bleach, immediately after spraying them. If not sometimes the bleach can eat through the material. And we always recommend that when washed for the first time the project is washed alone.
Mallory, aren’t they fun? Great tip about washing alone for the first time!
This is so cute! I’m a new grandparent and love your ideas! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Welcome to the club Marti! Being a grandma is THEE best!
My mom and I tried this project. However we had problems with the Bleach bleeding through when the shirt was washed despite allowing it to set for the 15 to 30 minutes. Any suggestions to help with this? Also could whoever suggested the cold water deactivating technique offer clarification as to how to do it without the bleach bleeding all over the rest of the shirt? Thanks!
My guess is that you may have used too much bleach. Next time allow the shirt to dry completely before washing it and you should have no problems! Thanks so much for following us, Tracy