Glue Gun Stencil St. Patrick’s Day Shirt

glue gun stenciled st. patrick's day shirt

I’ve tried quite a few techniques for altering fabric:  stamping, dying, freezer-paper stenciling, etc.   As soon as I learned about glue gun stenciling I knew I had to try my hand at it. And, since green isn’t really a color my girls tend to have in their wardrobe, it seemed like a St. Patty’s day shirt would be the perfect project to give it a go.

 

How to Make a Glue Gun Stencil

The basic concept of making the stencil is super-simple:

  • Use a glue gun to create your design
  • Wait a little bit and let the glue to cool and harden
  • Carefully peel up the glue (you don’t want it breaking during the process of peeling it off)
  • Lay the stencil flat on the surface of your project
  • Paint over it
  • Remove stencil and smile

A Few Tips on Making and Using the Glue Gun Stencil

  1. Use wax paper.  I tried gluing my design onto wax paper, aluminum foil, freezer paper, and a glass plate to see which one would allow the glue to come up the easiest and the cleanest.  The wax paper was the easiest to get the glue off of.  Plus, it has the added benefit of being see-through so you can place a piece of paper under the wax paper with your design on it and trace over it with the glue gun.
  2. Spray a little Pam. Even with the wax paper, the glue was difficult to get completely off of the paper.  When I sprayed a little bit of cooking spray on the wax paper, the stencil was a breeze to get off. So, not only is it cleaner, but you’re more likely to maintain the integrity of your design.
  3. Keep your glue thick. If your design allows it, you’ll have a much easier time if you can maintain a good thick stream of glue from your glue gun.

 

glue gun stencil

 

On Painting

I wasn’t sure which fabric spray to go with, so I picked up both and I’m so glad I did.  On the left is the Tulip Fabric Spray Paint, and on the right is the Simply Spray Stencil Spray.  The Tulip fabric spray was by far the better fabric spray paint.  For one thing, it sprayed better. Unfortunately, the Simply Spray would only come out in huge drops and everything you see on the paper towel is all I could get out of it. It actually stopped working at this point. I read the directions, but there’s always the possibility of user-error, so I’m not quite ready to throw Simply Spray under the bus.

In any case, I went with the Tulip spray paint.

paint-samples

The glue gun stencils came off very easily with not sticking or unwanted marks left behind.

shamrock-stencil

I used cardboard between the layers of the shirts to make sure no paint went through to the other side. You could also use poster board, or even freezer paper.  Anything flat and mostly impermeable.

glue gun stencil shirts

It didn’t take long for the shirts to dry and they were easy and fun enough that I’ll likely use them with the kids next time.

glue gun stencil shirt for st. patrick day

What do you think about the glue gun stencil? Have you tried this process before?  If anybody has any extra tips they’d like to share I’d love to hear them!

 

Free Knitting Patterns in Time for Holiday Gift-Giving

As much as I enjoy sewing, I find knitting to be far more convenient. I can pull out my needles anytime I have a few spare minutes and with knitting I don’t have to worry about taking over my dining room table every time I want to make something. Here are a few knitting projects I’ve pulled together for some Christmas gifting inspiration. Many of these are perfect for beginners and can be completed in an afternoon….and they’re free (except for the bowling pattern which is sitting pretty close to free at $1 for the pattern)!

Happy Knitting!

Toys and Dolls to Knit

Bear ornaments
Snowman

Robot

Hacky sack

Striped stockinette snake
Ice cream cones

Toy boats
Aisling the Elf
Monster softies
Bowling set
Owlie soap sack
Baby gnomes
Frog bath puppet
Rocketship
Dinosaur Softie
Crayon Caddy
Maggie Bean and Friends (22″ doll) from Petite Purls
Monster softies

Wearables to Knit

Little Stay On Slippers
Kindergarten Kit: hat, neck-warmer, mittens
Fox mittens
Fish Hats from Knitty
Chapstick necklace
Yo Gabba Gabba mittens
Snowman Snowball Toddler Scarf

I made some hacky sacks a few days ago and plan on making some baby gnomes for stocking stuffers!  And, if I can swing it, I’d love to make the little bear ornaments and add the kids’ names onto them.

P.S. Some of the patterns require you to open a free account in order to access them…just giving you a head’s up!

 

Paper Airplane Crafts for Parties and Decor

For Parties

Paper Airplane Invitation from Invite and Delight

paper airplane invite

 

Paper Airplane garland from It’s Two AM

paper airplane bunting

 

Paper Airplane cake bunting from Armelle

paper airplane cake bunting

 

Catapult Paper Airplane from Mini Eco (great fun for an airplane party!)

paper airplane catepult mini eco

 

For the Home

Paper Airplane Embroidery from Little Lovelies

paper airplane embroidery little lovelies

 

Paper Airplane Mobile from Lauren Clark

paper airplane mobile lauren clarks blog

 

Paper Airplane Canvas at Mom Endeavors

paper airplane on canvas mom endeavors

 

And of course, my Paper Airplane Shadowbox!

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Related Books:

Paper Airplane Shadowbox

A favorite pastime this summer for my girls and I was making paper airplanes! We had so much fun, especially on those days that were rainy, or just too hot to venture out.

One of the things that struck me the most with the airplanes was the vast variety of shapes they presented, and the various flight patterns that resulted. I decided to miniaturize some and display for further study.