This has become his favorite shirt, and he wants to wear it daily. He gets very mad that mommy won't let him wear it when it needs to be washed!! Be warned, though, ever since we made the Up shirt, the Wall-E shirts have been gathering dust. :(
What you will need:
-Fabric marker (Black)
-Small, flat object for stamp backing. I used a milk bottle top.
-Airbrush (optional) for clouds
Step 1: Step 1: Make Your Custom Balloon Stamp
To make your balloon stamp, just draw a simple balloon shape in the size you want on your craft foam and cut it out.
When making a large stamp, I have often used a cd cover as a backing because it is transparent, allowing me to see where I to easily position the stamp. In this case, though, I wanted to use something small enough for small, toddler hands to use. So, I chose a milk bottle cap.
Step 2: Step 2: Stamp on Your Balloons
I then let my son help me to stamp some balloons on the t-shirt. You can see that he did the right balloon (sideways) by himself right after I stamped on the first balloon. After that, I helped guide him to stamp the balloons in aesthetically pleasing arrangements. He didn't seem to mind me rudely blocking his creative freedom.
I went in to the kitchen to get some water to clean my paintbrush between colors. The stamp didn't have much paint left on it, so I left it as it was on the table. When I came back, I saw that my son had continued on the project without my help. (Notice the two small, light orange balloons way below the group of balloons at the top of the shirt.
Maybe I shouldn't have covered up the balloons that he had so proudly stamped all by himself, but I didn't want the shirt to look stained. So, I ended up covering them up with the house and clouds which I was planning on painting on anyway.
Step 3: Step 3: Paint on the House
Feel free to use mine as a guide, or look for pictures of their house to help guide you. My fabric marker came in handy for touching up details. I also used it for drawing on the strings to the balloons.
Step 4: Step 4: Clean Up the Balloons (Or Not!)
I also wanted to fix some of the balloons that my son hadn't stamped down all of the way.
In retrospect, I almost like the artistic quality of the balloons better before I touched them! So, this step is obviously optional.
Step 5: Step 5: Paint on Clouds and Wear It (Again and Again...)
...So was my son, who immediately wanted to put on his shirt and go watch Up for the 267th time (just an estimate, of course).
If you don't have an airbrush, you can sponge or paint or stamp on some clouds if you like.
My son wore his shirt to nursery school, and proudly showed it off to all of his friends. When I went to pick him up that afternoon, he was playing with another boy whose mother happened to arrive just a few minutes later. That's when the little boy showed the "balloon shirt" to his mom, saying that he wanted her to buy him one too!! I was proud, but actually a bit surprised by the popularity of his new shirt. I personally liked the Wall-E shirts better, but toddlers seem to prefer this shirt.
He loved it so much, that he threw a fit the next day when I wouldn't let him wear it to school again. Sigh.
Maybe you shouldn't make this shirt; you will likely end up doing laundry more often for your cute, dictator son or daughter.