How to Make a Child's Class Tshirt

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Whether you’re celebrating your child’s graduation from kindergarten or elementary school, or simply commemorating the end to another school year, you can create a memorable keepsake that incorporates all of the students in his class. Make the T-shirt from word art or photos and then customize it further by using any color scheme you’d like. Have an extra T-shirt printed to make an extra special gift for your child’s teacher, too.

Things You'll Need

  • Plain T-shirt
  • Fabric paint
  • Fabric markers
  • School-themed stencils
  • Fabric pens
  • School pictures
  • Photo editing program

Autographed T-shirts

  • Lay the T-shirt on your work surface and write the name of the school on the front of the shirt with fabric paints or markers. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

  • Place school-themed stencils on the shirt, such as notebooks, backpacks and apples. Use fabric paint to color within each stencil until the front, center of the shirt is filled as much as you’d like. Allow the paint to dry.

  • Flip over the shirt and smooth it out to remove any wrinkles. Have the teacher and each child sign his name on the back of the shirt with fabric pens. Use a variety of different colors to add a little flair. Let the paint dry if necessary in between students signing. Let the kids cover as much of the back of the shirt as necessary.

Photo T-shirts

  • Collect a variety of school pictures from throughout the year from class trips, classroom activities and award or performance assemblies. Make sure you have at least one picture of each student. You can include a picture of the school mascot or crest, too, if you’d like.

  • Upload the pictures onto the computer and use a photo editing program to arrange the photos into a collage small enough to fit on the front or back of the shirt.

  • Make a name collage from all of the students. Start with the room or teacher’s name across the top or center of the collage. Use different fonts and colors to create the word collage and make it small enough to fit on the opposite side of the shirt.

  • Print the collages printed onto the front and the back of the T-shirt. Repeat for each student in the class.

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