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