DIY Class T-Shirts - Summer Blog Hop

I'm so excited to participate in Tailor Made Teaching 's Summer Blog Hop.  We end every year with kid created t-shirts in my classroom.  We wear these shirts on the last day of school just before we usher in the summer.  This year I wanted something quick and fun.  I found this idea on Pinterest and recreated it with my own twist.  The total project time was 2 hours for 18 students.  I had them working on independent work while I called them over to a table.

Materials:  shirts, spray bottle, acrylic paint, wood letters, pencil (for splattering) and paper to cover the table.

1.  The first step that isn't shown here was to take all of my old anchor charts down and reuse them on the table.  After every 3 or 4 shirts, I would peel away a layer and recycle it.

2.  Then mix 1/2 bottle of acrylic paint in a spray bottle filled with water.  You will need to shake regularly.

3.  Lay out your letters in order so that kids can find a phrase or word quickly.  These letters are made of wood.

Clean Shirt

DIY Class T-Shirt
4.  Gently spray the letters with the paint.  Less is more during this step.  If the letters were saturated, the paint bled through underneath.                                             

5.  The kids wanted to have fun with some splatter paint.
DIY Class T-shirts
6.  Remove the letters and leave the shirts to dry.

DIY Class T-shirt

DIY Class Shirt

To celebrate the summer I made a freebie that you may be able to use for your class. It's a great way to get a writing sample for the next year's teacher.

Now it's time to head on over to The Teacher Talk to see how she's getting ready for the summer.  I bet you that she has a fun freebie ready for you!



  1. Cuteness! Love how students can make the shirts on their own and personalize them!

    A Rocky Top Teacher

  2. Adorable idea, just linked up to your post!

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    1. Thank you! I love the labels that you made. I can't wait to create some bins with them:)

  4. The shirts are so cute!! I love them! We make shirts before our state test and I might have to try this next year!
    A Tall Drink of Water

    1. Rachel- I promise you that these were the easiest shirts that I have ever made with my class.

  5. What an awesome end of year activity!! The t-shirts look great!

    Luck's Little Learners

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