4th of July Shirts {How to make FIRECRACKER T-Shirts}

 Aren’t these 4th of July shirts fun? I’ve been on the lookout for fun projects to make with my kids so when one of my friends was describing some t-shirts her kids had made at vacation bible school, I knew we had to try making some of our own. As she was describing them fireworks came to mind and so we set out to make ours red, white, and blue to celebrate the 4th of July with. They were very easy to make. My kids enjoyed that they were able to create them mostly by themselves with a little supervision to make sure they didn’t get carried away and paint my backyard in waves a patriotic colors. 


 To make your own Firecracker Tees you’ll need:

  • Paint, we used red, blue, and glittered acrylic craft paint
  • spiked squish balls (ours came from the dollar store, I’d recommend one for each color)
  • white paper plates or bowls, one for each color
  • cardboard  or something to place in between t-shirt layers (sometimes we use lids from plastic totes)

To make your shirts place a piece of cardboard, sometimes we use a lid from a plastic tote, inside your t-shirt to keep the front and back layers from touching. Now pour a little paint into your paper plates or bowls, one for each color. Dip your spiked squish ball in the paint and stamp your shirt with it. You can practice on paper or cardboard a few times to get the feel for it if you want to. We used one color at a time, using the glitter last to make sure it sparkled on top of the other colors. We also tried to let the colors dry mostly before stamping over them to keep them from bleeding into each other. The paint dries really fast so we really didn’t have to wait any longer then it took us to trade colors. That’s it! They were super easy! I love how each kiddo was able to create something unique to fit their individual personality:)! 

How do you plan on celebrating the 4th of July?

17 thoughts on “4th of July Shirts {How to make FIRECRACKER T-Shirts}

    1. Jasey McBurnett

      Brittany, it’s not like stamping in that regard, you don’t have to push very hard at all. I would grab a piece of extra paper or cardboard and practice a few times if you are nervous. 🙂

  1. Marjorie Ivie

    We made these tonight, super fun, super cute, can’t mess it up. Looked all over the internet for ideas and this was by far the best. The balls were at the dollar store exactly as you said:-)

    1. Jasey McBurnett

      Thanks, Marjorie! I really appreciate that you took the time to come back and let me know how much you enjoyed these shirts! I know we had a blast making them too! Have a wonderful 4th of July and thanks for being a part of JCD!


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