Fall Tree Shirt

I decided Wallace and I needed to get crafty together. I came up with this fall themed craft and it turned out adorable.

Light colored cotton shirt
Brown Crayon
Acrylic paint (red, orange, gold, yellow, brown, etc)
Sponge brushes (but don’t say brush in front of your toddler or there will be paint in their hair)
Plastic container

1) Draw a tree onto the shirt or onesie and fill it in nice and uneven. Do this while your child pulls on your shirt and tries to grab things off the table.


2) Heat your iron on the cotton setting. Give your toddler sealed paints and clean sponges to distract them from the cord they want to pull. Put paper over the tree and iron, pressing and holding and moving it, to melt the Crayon into the shirt. Shouldn’t take too long.


3) Be brave, and give your toddler paints in a little bowl and a sponge brush. I just put a quarter size each of red, yellow, and gold so they would mix a bit. Try not to do all the work for them because saying “paint, paint paint!” while smashing the sponge into the shirt is super fun. If you use acrylic – that’s what you need for fabric paint – then note that it will not wash off of clothing or carpet. It does eventually wash off of hair and skin.




4) Whisk the shirt away to dry and hurriedly wash hands and wipe hair. Today was 70* so he didn’t wear it long enough to get a picture.


About JennP

Single mom by choice, lesbian, natural living, parenting, car free, Chicago.Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment!
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3 Responses to Fall Tree Shirt

  1. Lindsay says:

    I love the instructions with a dash of humor! lol This is just a fantastic idea. Stealing it!

  2. You know how it is trying to do anything with a toddler around! I totally made this up because I couldn’t find anything online for us to do together. I still want something to decorate the windows, but I’m not sure how.

  3. What a fantastic craft! It’s really adorable too!

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