Sandpaper Printed T-Shirt Craft

Sandpaper Printed T-Shirt Craft


Last night I was looking at a book we purchased back when we thought we were going to homeschool our kids for craft ideas to keep the kiddos busy today.  The book, Art Lab for Kids, had one project that caught my eye.  The project was sandpaper art with an option to transfer the art onto a t-shirt.  That sounded like something my kids would have fun with.  So this morning we made a stop at JoAnn Fabric store and picked up some plain white t-shirts.  Luckily they were on sale for just $2.25 per shirt, so this project wasn’t going to break the bank.  The rest of the supplies I already had on hand.  Here’s what I needed:

– Crayons

– Sandpaper (Fine or Medium grit)

– T-Shirt


From there all I did was have the kids draw on the sandpaper with the crayons.  They really need to press down hard when coloring so enough wax transfers over to the sandpaper to adhere to the t-shirt (You could always trace over their creation when they are done to ensure it’s dark enough).  After the sandpaper creations were complete, we laid the sandpaper (crayon side down) on the t-shirt.  I did put a piece of cardboard in between the front and back of the shirt to make sure the image only transferred onto the front of the shirt.  I also put a paper towel on top of the sandpaper.  Then it was just a matter of ironing on top of it.

Tip To Set the Color : When finished with your transfer, remove the sandpaper, place a paper towel on top of the design and iron. This will remove some of the extra wax. Toss t-shirt in the dryer for about 20 minutes to set the color. Launder by itself the first time.

Have fun letting the kids get creative and enjoy their new piece of clothing that they designed!





Thomas Brogan

Thomas Brogan, a native of Des Moines, was the original founder of Des Moines Parent and is a father to an 8 & 10-year-old. In his free time, he likes to explore nature, try new local restaurants and enjoy life as best as he can. Check out more of Thomas at

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