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Sandpaper Printed T-shirt by Cindy Hopper by Alphamom.com

Sandpaper Printed T-shirt

By Cindy Hopper

This is a super simple sandpaper printing technique that will keep your kids busy and make one cute shirt! The best part about this fun little craft is that the supplies were bought at the Dollar Store, even the T-shirt! We used crayons we already had so we only spent $2.00 on our new T-shirt.

Supplies for Sandpaper Prints

good quality crayons, a t-shirt, iron and fine sandpaper. Our package of sandpaper had a selection and we used the finest. The more coarse sandpaper will provide more texture. Give them all a try!

supplies for sandpaper printed t-shirt (crayons, white tee, sand paper)

How to Make Sandpaper Printed T-shirt

Color a fun design on the sandpaper. Remind children that the image will be reversed. Once the design is colored go back over the design giving the sandpaper an extra thick layer of crayon.

rainbow being colored onto sandpaper

rainbow colored on sandpaper

Place a piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt to keep the design from bleeding through to the back of the shirt. Position the sandpaper right side down on the t-shirt.

sandpaper on top of t-shirt

Place a piece of parchment paper or paper towel on top of the sandpaper to protect the iron. Iron, on cotton setting, the sandpaper for about 30 second. Gently lift one edge and make sure you have a good print before totally removing the sandpaper. Iron a bit more if you need to transfer more of the crayon.

iron on tshirt

Remove the sandpaper. You’ll have a print with loads of cool texture–not to mention a new darling t-shirt.

child wearing a rainbow sandpaper printed t-shirt

To set the color, place a couple of paper towels 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.

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Cindy Hopper

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has cont...

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy’s family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy’s personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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Anthony from CharismaticKid
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Every now and then I come across a post worth sharing… THIS IS THE ONE. Such a cool idea!

Dionne
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Dionne

Yes, I must agree….this project was simple, effortless and instant. Perfect!

Emily
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Emily

bookmarked for the future and emailed to my sister – this is a great craft!

Araceli
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Araceli

I loved this! It’s so cool, so many ideas to do! I can’t wait to do this with my kids!

araceli
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araceli

hey i have the same name as you

mima
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mima

great idea i want to try! is there another way to set the color if i don’t have a dryer?

patti maasjo
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patti maasjo

Perhaps a blow dryer set on the highest setting, do for about 20 min.

Randi
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What a neat idea!  I’ll definitely try that with my kids.

Andrea
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Andrea

Great project. I just tried it today to make some Alice in Wonderland themed t-shirts for my daughter’s birthday coming up, and they turned out nice!
The only problem I had was once I threw the Mad Hatter t-shirt in the dryer to set, the colors ran and ruined the rest of the shirt, so I’ll be skipping that step for the rest of them.

Jeanine
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Jeanine

Do you think placing cardboard in the shirt then put the shirts on cookie sheets in a NOT TOO HOT oven would be a good substitute for the tumbling dryer?

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Holly
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LOVE this project! We are so doing this!

Katie
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Super adorable.  And it looks so easy and fun!

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what a super idea! thanks!

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Lu Raposo
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Lu Raposo

Maravilhosa essa idéia de pintar usando giz de cera, parabéns pelo passo a passo, sou brasileira, moro em Brasília capital do Brasil, abraços Lu Raposo

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Jill
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Jill

Just did this with my kids and friends staying overnight. They have had so much fun and so creative. Andrea I had the same thing the first one I put in the dryer bled onto the back of the shirt. I put my drying rack in my dryer and put the other shirts on it for the 20 min drying. Turned out great. Thanks for sharing this great idea!!

ReeCee
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ReeCee

Instead of the clothes dryer, I used my hair dryer on low setting. I simply put a piece of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt, lay it on the ironing board and blow the image with the dryer (not directly on it) and it works great!!!  

Brandi
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Brandi

Do you think maybe blow drying the shirt to let the color set will work? I do not have a dryer rack.

E
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E

Brandi, did anyone respond about the blow drying idea? Placing a drying rack into a dryer isn’t an option for me… would love some feedback asap. Planning on doing this in a couple of weeks! 🙂

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Found your link on Pinterest and LOVE it! Thank you for inspiring our homemade St. Paddy’s Day shirts. : )

Beatriz musikgarten
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I will try this! Thanks! Beatriz musikgarten (bmusikgarten.blogspot.com)

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i was about to take a nap, but dang stumble upon brought me to this page, and i had to do it. love my new personalized tank top. super easy fun project, thanks!

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I am going to make this for the color run….thanks for the great tip

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i found this idea really cool… but i doubt that colors will spoil when washed… what say??

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Rebecca at thisfineday
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How cool!! Thanks for the post. Who ever would have known?How does the image stick though through future washes?

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Once you “set” the color, can you wash/dry with other loathes without ruining the other clothes or leaving marks in the dryer?

Leslie
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This makes sense as far as printing goes. My son left a red crayon in one of his shorts once..my new dress was ruined and I have forever learned my lesson.

terri
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terri

Hey! I am going to try this ,but since my dryer gets very hot I think I will keep a piece of cardboard between the front of the shirt and back and just blow dry it. That way it cannot bleed through. What do you think?

Kristina
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Did this today with my kiddos as a time filler. They LOVED it!!! I ironed all thier pictures on one shirt and now I have another shirt for work!!! 

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