Kids Crafts: How to Make Screen Print Shirts

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It is always super fun to make your own t-shirts and with Plaid's new Simply Screen's the limit!

This handy dandy kit comes with everything you need to set up your own shop. And it's a great way for kids to artistically express themselves. Imagine the possibilities for parties, teams, events and just plain fun.

How to Make a Homemade Screen Print Shirt


  • A blank shirt
  • A printed or drawn design
  • A screen print maker (I used the new Plaid's Simply Screen)
  • Ink


First, decide on your design. I created a design in black and white on the computer. Artwork can also be hand drawn with a Sharpie marker.

Remove the protective paper from the blue screen. Place your design face down on the sticky side of the screen. Use the squeegee to make sure it is completely adhered. Place the screen inside the box, blue side down.

Close box, turn the light box on and expose the screen for 25 minutes.

Fill the tray with water. Remove artwork and soak the blue screen in the water for about 30 seconds. With the sponge, rub both sides of the screen removing the emulsion from the areas to be printed. This takes some time, especially if your design has fine lines (like words). Make sure the areas to be printed are completely white. Allow screen to dry.

Place something hard and flat inside the t-shirt to keep the ink from bleeding through to the back and to provide a smooth surface for printing. Place a row of ink across the top of the design. Next drag the squeegee down to spread the ink over the design.

Clean up screen with soap and water. Screen can be used over and over.

TaDah! How cool is that!

Allow printed design to cure for 24 hours. Heat set with a household iron, no steam, on cotton setting using a pressing cloth or parchment paper for 30 seconds.

Done! If you also want you may try looking for some screen printing and embroidery services if you need to do a lot of it.

Here are some other arts & crafts ideas you might enjoy!

Have you ever designed a T-Shirt? What are some of your favorite crafts you have made?

I'm Cindy and I am thrilled to be guest posting here at Mom It Forward! I hope you will come visit me at Skip to my Lou for some crafty tutorialshandmade gift ideasteacher appreciation ideassewing patterns and recipes!

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