Fathers Day: DIY Handprint T-Shirt Tutorial

DIY Fathers day tshirt tutorial handprint

Are you looking for a quick and easy handmade gift to make for Father’s Day? This child’s hand print t-shirt ticks that box! It’s simple to do and your child can help as much or as little as possible, depending on age!

DIY Fathers day tshirt tutorial handprintMaterials

  • A t-shirt
  • Fabric paint
  • Sponge
  • Pencil and paper
  • Cardboard or acetate
  • Scissors or craft knife and cutting mat
  • Sticker e.g. heart, start (optional)
  • Extra cardboard or an old magazine


  • The first time I did this project I used cardboard as a stencil. The second time I used acetate for cleaner finish and also to be able to reuse the stencil
  • If you are using a new t-shirt, you will need to wash it first to remove the starch. Its also best to iron the area you are going to stencil
  • Fabric paint instructions may vary- please check the label


  1. Trace around your child’s hand using a pencil and cardboard or paper. If using acetate, transfer design using a biro or permanent marker
  2. Cut out the hand print to create a stencil
  3. Check your t-shirt is washed and ironed
  4. Place some cardboard or an old magazine inside the t-shirt under the area you are going to stencil
  5. Put your stencil in place. You may want to hold it in place with some tape. Put your heart sticker in place (Tip: A sticker works better than a paper shape.The first time I did this, I used a heart shape cut by a punch. When I removed it, some of the paint had leaked into the shape and some of the paper fibres stuck to the t-shirt)DIY Fathers day tshirt tutorial handprint stencil
  6. Put fabric paint onto an old saucer or tip and dab onto fabric using a sponge
  7. Remove stencil, but wait for paint to dry more fully before removing sticker. Allow paint to dry for 24 hours in total
  8. Iron hand print on reverse
  9. You may want to wash your t-shirt again. Check the washing instructions on the fabric paint and t-shirt
  10. Create a care label for the new owner!

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This project was inspired by this project– I wasn’t brave enough to use bleach! Of course, you don’t have to limit this t-shirt to Father’s Day! I made a batch of them- they make great gifts for grandparents or any special person in your child’s life!

Did I mention this is my first ever tutorial? If I missed anything out, or if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you!


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