Things You'll Need
- White or light-colored shirt
- Ironing board
- Sheets of white paper, such as printer paper
- Crayon shavings
- Wax paper
- Fine-point marker, optional
Crafting with your kids is a fun way to spend time together and encourage your children to use their imaginations and creativity. The experience can be even more memorable when you make something that you and your family will use on a regular basis. For instance, you can make shirts using common items you probably have around your home, such as crayons and wax paper. Make them to give as gifts or create a matching set for your entire family.
Place the shirt on the ironing board with the side on which you want to create a design facing up. Place sheets of white paper inside the shirt between the front and the back. This will prevent the crayon from seeping through to the other side of the shirt.
Preheat the iron to the appropriate setting for the shirt fabric. For 100-percent cotton shirts, the medium-high setting is correct. For a cotton and acrylic blend, set the iron to the medium setting.
Shave or grate the crayons while waiting for the iron to get hot. You can use a crayon sharpener or a cheese grater.
Arrange the crayon shavings onto the shirt in whatever design you choose. Use a fine-point marker to draw an outline of the design first, if you wish.
Lay a sheet of wax paper over the crayon shaving design on the shirt. Place a towel over the wax paper. Iron over the towel for two to three minutes. Allow the iron to rest on each crayon-covered area for several seconds. When the crayon is melted, stop ironing.
Remove the towel and wax paper from the shirt. Allow the shirt to cool completely. Enjoy your custom-made shirt.
Some wax will remain on the shirt. This should safely wash off in the laundry. The colors of the crayons, however, will remain. Line-dry the shirt to maintain the design even longer.
Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.