We don’t have any big plans for the 4th of July, maybe ride the bus into downtown and enjoy the fireworks. Years ago we drove downtown and it took us hours to get home, rather than the usual 15 minutes. $2 each and we can ride the bus and relax. Whether we stay home and enjoy the family time and fireworks, I wanted JDub to have the perfect outfit for the day. I decided that we needed to make him a flag shirt for it to be just perfect and memorable.
I searched the internet (Pinterest) for ideas on flag shirts. I found a ton of adorable ones, but they all involved hand prints. While I think they were all super cute, there is absolutely no way on this earth that I’m going to get a painted hand print from my 1 year old. As soon I put the paint on his hand, he would clench that chubby hand into a fist and there would be no hand print shirt and it would be a disaster to clean. With that in mind I decided that a foot print was much more obtainable.
The trick to making this a success and easy to clean up, snacks. I sat him in his highchair and provided his favorite treat, raisins, and with a good grip on his foot applied paint with my brush.
I covered a hardback ABC book with a clean grocery bag, then slipped my shirt over it to create a portable painting canvas. I was able to press his paint covered foot right where I wanted it and not streaks or smears.
Next I simple took my long sponge brush and coated the edge in the paint. Slowly making intermittent stripes to complete my flag. It is a handmade flag shirt, it isn’t suppose to perfect, there was a little variation on where my stripes ended and how thick they were.
I let it dry completely before removing it from my hard surface. The finished product is an adorable DIY Kid’s Flag shirt that is perfect for 4th of July! This kid is ready for fireworks and BBQ. I just need to make another blueberry pie and we are ready to celebrate.
Since we had the paint out and I was already painting his foot, I decided to make a second shirt to show off our Texas pride. A Texas flag shirt for this tiny Texan.