Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day Shirts - Homemade Gift for Dad

Do you have a special Father's Day gift tradition?  Well, we do!  We have made dad a special t-shirt each year since we first became parents.  These are some of the many shirts we have made for Father's Day gifts.  Please note that these have been well loved, worn and washed several times...  the oldest being 7 years!  So some of the images aren't the greatest.

First Father's Day T-Shirt, 2004
Gifts for Dad
Charlotte's baby footprints (I thought that would be easier than getting a hand print).  I used acrylic paint, brushed her feet, and carefully pressed them onto the shirt.  Easier said than done with a baby... ha ha.  I then added some fabric glue to make wings on either side, and added some sparkle.  I used a fabric marker to do the writing.

Father's Day 2005
Father's Day GiftFather's Day
          front of shirt                                                  back of shirt
Acrylic paint for the prints, and fabric marker for the names and heart on the front.  Charlotte used fabric markers to draw on the back (I made the heart with a heart-shaped stencil).

Father's Day 2006
Gifts for DadHomemade Gift Ideas
front of shirt                                      back of shirt
Used fabric markers for this one.  Charlotte wrote "Dad" on the front, though it is quite faded now.  She also wrote the numbers on the back of the shirt, while I wrote each item they came up with for their "Top 10 Reasons".

Father's Day 2007
FatherGifts for Him
 front of shirt                                                        back of shirt
Acrylic paint for the prints, and fabric marker for the names and drawing on the front.  I had Charlotte draw her picture on a piece of paper.  I traced over her lines with a black marker, placed the drawing under the shirt, and traced her lines onto the shirt.  The fabric is hard for the little ones to draw on, so this gave us a nicer finished result.

 Father's Day 2008
Fathers Day Gift Ideas
Overlapping hand prints using acrylic paint.  Each in a different color.

Father's Day 2009
Gift IdeasHomemade Gifts
back of shirt                                             front of shirt
Acrylic paint for the prints, and fabric marker for "we love dad!" on the front (written by Charlotte).

Father's Day 2010
Homemade shirt for dad  Fathers Day Gift
front of shirt                                                 back of shirt
Acrylic paint for the hand prints on the front.  The kids used Sharpie markers to each draw a picture on the back.  Sorry the back is so hard to see.

Father's Day 2011
Freezer Paper Stencil Shirt for dad Freezer Paper Stencil Shirt for dad
shirt for dad                                                  and the shirts for the kids
We used a freezer paper stencil and acrylic paint to create these shirts.  I just LOVE how they turned out, and the kids were so proud to wear their shirts with dad on his special day.  You can find the tutorial for making these shirts HERE.

Not only do we make these for daddy...
but Papa sure loves to wear his custom shirts!  These are some we've made him.
Gift for GrandpaGift for Grandpa
Acrylic paint for the hand prints.
Charlotte wrote using a fine-tipped Sharpie marker, that I also used to outline the hand prints.

Father's Day
                                    Can't remember what the front of this one looks like... 
The kids used fabric markers to each draw a picture on the back.

 ...and my personal favorite!
the front
Father's DayFather's Day
Painted with acrylic by Charlotte

the back
Father's Day Gifts for Grandpa
I used iron-on letters, the first letter for each kid.  Some of the transfers didn't come off completely... ack!  But a little white paint fixed that pretty easily.  I then added a print of each kid's hand on their initial, and painted their name over top of each print.

Some Tips for T-Shirt Decorating...
1)  Place newspaper or a plastic place mat inside the shirt prior to decorating!  This will keep your paint or marker from leaking onto the other side.

2)  Always pre-wash your shirts!

3)  BE PREPARED with paper towels, wet washcloth... near a sink perhaps... kids stripped of clothing... outside might be good.. haha.. anything to minimize the risk of getting paint or permanent markers where you wouldn't want them.

4)  Heat set your shirts when finished.  You can do this by using a hot iron or throwing them in a hot dryer.  This will help lock in the colors and paint prints.

If you are trying to come up with some Father's Day ideas, perhaps one of these shirts will catch your eye.  My kids LOVE making them each year, and are so proud to see daddy and Papa wearing them.

Happy Father's Day!

You can find some more great ideas for Father's Day Gifts HERE


  1. I love all these ideas and would love to make one for this year although my time is short! They are all so cute! I'm visiting you from Melissa's Joys of Home Educating blog :)

  2. That is a super sweet idea! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

  3. It's a great idea to gift our father's on Father's Day. Wow!!

  4. What a wonderful tradition! I so wish I had done something like this...super idea! So cute!

  5. I have made a few shirts too! Parents and kids love them. We made two that hand handprints over them they stated "Our dad is HAND-SOME" plus "World's BEST DAD - Hands down". Also for mine we had kitten stamps with fabric paint on the front and then it said "Our Mom is PURR-FECT' We also have had a few of the childrens favourite artwork transferred over onto t-shirts too. All of them were a huge hits. Parents love them and the kids LOVE making things for us.


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  7. Fathers are too special they deserve the bestest gifts from the heart! Whether cheap or expensive, I still believe it’s always the very thought that counts. Thanks for sharing your own fathers day gift ideas. Will be considering them too aside from my own list :D cheeeers!


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