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!


7QTs: Alternatives to Easter Eggs

Alternatives to Easter eggs

Do you have any kids in your life that don’t eat chocolate? Or know anyone with a dairy allergy? I know several of these people, and I’m always stumped at Easter when it comes to getting them an alternative to an Easter egg. So, this year I put my thinking cap on and did some brainstorming. Here are a few ideas…





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An Easter book- a book telling part or all of the Easter story. I recently heard about The Donkey that No-One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano. Its a really sweet book, and beautifully illustrated. It tells the story behind the donkey that Jesus road into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. You can hear the author narrate it here

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Small inexpensive toys- hit Dollarama, Eurogiant, Poundstretcher, or whatever happens to be your local store. They have a tonne of toys to choose from. Last year I popped some bubbles, a bouncy ball and some chalk in a little Easter basket for a little guy- he was delighted!

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Healthy snacks- one year I put small healthy snacks like nuts, yoghurt coated raisins, dried fruit etc, inside little plastic eggs. Or, how about an Easter egg fruit pizza?

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The Easter egg symbolises new life. Why not give your choc-free friend some seeds to they can plant new life instead! For little ones, give them something quick and easy to grow, like cress, lettuce, sunflowers or sweet pea. Children will get immense satisfaction from watching their plant project growing, and even more if they can eat it too!

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Easter egg alternative- Quail eggsAlternative eggs- Is your chocolate free friend an adventurous eater? How about giving them some quail eggs or duck eggs instead? Quail eggs are considered to be a delicacy in some countries, including here in Ireland, but these are touted as being super nutritious and as having numerous health benefits, as well as being an excellent source of vitamin D, iron and amino acids.

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Craft kit / supplies – Why not check out your local craft store to see what Easter craft kits they have in? My local store had a bonnet making, egg cup decorating and Easter card kits. You could also google “Easter Crafts” and get ideas from there, and make up your own kit.

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Boiled egg for breakfast? Why not gift someonDrops Egg Cozye an egg cup and/or, if you are feeling crafty why not knit, crochet or sew an egg cosy? I love this one from Drops

What about you? Do you have a chocolate-avoider in your life? What do you get them for Easter?

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