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Kid-Made Gifts: T-shirt for Grandma

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My parents haven’t hugged my kids in two and a half years. I knew it would come to this but there was no other way around it. I had to say yes to the man of my dreams and if he happened to live on the other side of the world, I packed my bags and moved farther away from home.

My grandma was my best friend when I was a little girl and it makes me sad to see that my kids can’t have the same connection with their grandparents. Crossing an ocean is easy to do on the map but it involves more in real life: finances, time and courage to fly with two energetic little boys. We try to make up for the distance with Skype, photos and gifts.

This year our Christmas packages for grandparents will include a surprise: kid-made gifts. I’m a big fan of handmade gifts and this is the first time I involved my son in the creation process. These t-shirts are a great idea for kids of all ages, from preschoolers who need adult supervision to older kids who can handle all the steps on their own.

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How to make a t-shirt for grandma



Step 1.  Print your imagine and trace it to freezer paper. Use a craft knife to cut the image out.

Step 2. Iron the freezer paper on the shirt, glossy side down. The waxy side of the freezer paper will adhere to the shirt and create a seal.

Step 3. Apply two layers of paint and let dry in between. I used fabric markers for the word “grandma” as paint is more likely to seep under the stencil in case of small size cut outs.

Step 4. When the paint has dried, peel off the freezer paper.

I chose this specific design for grandma’s t-shirt in anticipation of the greater gift next year.

Need more Christmas gift inspiration? Check out these great gift ideas for kids

This post is part of the Kid-Made Gifts Series hosted by Teach Me Mommy. Check it out for more homemade gift inspiration!

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Carol Jones

Thursday 19th of November 2015

This looks really cute! What a great gift. Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday

Lisa B.

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

Hello Stef!! Just stopping by to let you know your post has been selected as a Feature this week for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Stop by and see your post and grab a Featured Button!! ~Lisa~


Wednesday 18th of November 2015

Thanks for letting me know, Lisa! And for the feature!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden

Monday 16th of November 2015

I love the connection your making with the boys grandparents! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty


Monday 16th of November 2015

Living so far away from grandparents is hard so we try to make any connections.

Amanda Long

Saturday 14th of November 2015

Steph: I LOVE THIS... Looking at this post makes me feel crafty, and I know my mom would love something like this... I'm going to try it with my son. Thanks for sharing such an awesome idea ! I'm glad to have you over at LFEO too!!!


Monday 16th of November 2015

:) It's an easy craft, with a very nice outcome - my kind of crafts!

Helen @ Witty Hoots

Friday 13th of November 2015

What a neat idea - I love the bold colours you used too!


Monday 16th of November 2015

Thank you, Helen!

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