9.29.2011

A Lemon Squeezy Home: Bats!!

First - If you haven't entered the $25 Tara Dara Giveaway yet - please do!

Okay - now onto the super cute guest poster!

Hello Every Crafty Endeavor readers!  My name is Christie and I blog over at A Lemon Squeezy Home.  I’m excited Amanda asked me to join in on the fun of her Fall Fever event! 

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I’m sure you’ve all seen the Country Living Bats from a couple years ago.  I know I was excited to make some for my own front door and then some for inside my house.  Out of all my Halloween decorations, these get the most comments.


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It’s pretty self-explanatory, especially for those well seasoned in the freezer paper painting method.

  
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You’ll need:
-freezer paper
-cardstock
-paintbrush
-acrylic paint
-shirt
-bat shirt template (click HERE to download).  This template is for a toddler size shirt—the size shirt I used was 3T.  You could use multiple templates however, to paint the bats onto a larger area if you want to.  To create the template, I used THIS bat.

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Ok, so I’m spoiled and my hubby bought me a silhouette for Christmas last year, so I was able to use my trace feature and cut my freezer paper that way.  But I sure have done a fair amount of cutting my freezer paper by hand on a few different projects.  If I was to do that on this project, I’d probably simplify the shape of the bats a bit while cutting them out (if not using a silhouette, then trace the template onto the freezer paper and cut out the bats, or you can print onto the freezer paper—I’ve done that before but sometimes the freezer paper gets stuck in my printer and that’s no fun!)


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Iron the freezer paper onto the shirt.  Make sure that you get the edges to stick down well so the paint doesn’t seep under.


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Place a piece of thick paper (I use cardstock) between the layers of the shirt.

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And paint away.  Dabbing the brush seems to work great and not lift up the freezer paper. Both my sons helped me paint this—it’s a great project for kids!

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Once you are finished painting, you can peel off the freezer paper.  Just be careful not to get any paint on the shirt where you don’t want it!

  
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Allow the paint to dry before removing the cardstock.

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All done!  A brand new Halloween shirt.  My boys loved it so much they want one of their own now.


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Thanks so much for having me today, Amanda!  What a great idea Fall Fever is.  I’ve loved seeing what everyone has come up with! 

This is so fun! I love all the cute bats - it is so fun to see them everywhere on your house -
Tomorrow is the last day of tutorials and Sawdust and Paper Scraps is here!



5 comments:

diana said...

I'm coming from a lemon squeezy home and just wanna say wow! :)

I love the ideea, the process, and, of course, the amazingly cute kiddo :)

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Love freezer paper t-shirt painting. I have yet to use my Silhouette that I bought almost a year ago but I'm definitely going to break it out now. Love the batty porch too.

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

Thanks again for having me, Amanda!

lili ash said...

This is such a cool kids tee! I love that it is so clean and simple.

knittingnora said...

Hello! Ok, so I admit I am making these for myself! Hee hee. Do you recommend just enlarging the template?

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