Monday, June 11, 2012

Ink Blot T-shirt Party! 50 kids:50 shirts

Want a totally unique party idea? 
Have an ink blot t-shirt making party!

Coolest thing since sliced bread.

I decided to take on a group of 50 kids for some ink-blot t-shirt making madness and it was a smashing success!

What's more rewarding, than making something super cool and being able to show it off ?! The kids were so excited to make them and even more exited to wear them.

Everyone's done tie-dye, but have you tried Ink blot t-shirt design
It's the newest, coolest way to design your own t-shirts. And it's easy enough for any age.  Like really easy. Anyone who can drip paint and fold something in half is eligible. See what I mean?

Here's a little demo.
Hard to believe such cool designs come from something so simple.

Okay, back to my crazy ink blot partaay!
We started off with our supplies. If you're interested in making it really easy on yourself? You can purchase pre-made Ink Blot T-shirt Design Kits from my etsy shop (sorry, no longer available).

Here's a bit of what we started with:
  • White t-shirts
  • Fabric Paint
  • Pre-folded {recyclable} cereal boxes (to use as cardboard inserts)

T-shirts all stuffed and ready to go.

Kids ready to go.

Let the paint squeezing begin!

Then fold

Big reveals


The kids had lots of fun discussing what they saw in each of the designs.
Robots? Animals? Insects? Space aliens?
You name it. They saw it.

T-shirts laying out to dry. We had quite a line up starting.

And just in case you're a sucker for before and after's like me?
Here you go:

  • Learned new skills
  • Created fun memories
  • Beamed with pride over their newly designed t-shirts they made all themselves
  • An activity well worth doing
Proudly showing off their creations
{Protecting the kiddos privacy by "blotting" out their faces.}
They're smiling. I promise!

Great activity idea for:
Birthday parties, school activities, summer camps, fundraisers, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, family reunions, sweet 16 parties, or just rainy day activities!

Ink Blot T-shirt Design Kits were previously available for purchase, complete with tips and detailed instructions at

{WATCH} to see how fun an ink blot party can be!

Want more Ink blot t-shirt (and baby onesie's) posts? 
Click: Ink Blot Designs 

Happy Ink Blotting!

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  1. i bet those kids had a blast!! are you doing summer school?
    i love all the color combos the kids came up with.

  2. So fun! What kid wouldn't LOVE this project???

  3. such a fun idea! can't wait to test it out!

  4. I love that! What a great idea! I am so going to do this, my son would have so much fun painting his own shirt. Thanks for sharing!

  5. such a good idea! how fun! we did this as kids with paper and puffy paints. how fun to do it ion clothes!

  6. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional link party. I've featured your t-shirts so head over and grab a brag button! I've also pinned you to my Tuesday Confessional Features board on Pinterest. Congrats!

  7. Awesome idea for a party! Gonna try to convince one of my kids to do this!

  8. Thanks so much for linking up this is fantastic. I just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring this today feel free to stop by and grab a button. I can't wait to see what you have to share this week.


  9. in awe at your creative productivity! Came across your post researching t-shirt design for kids - having a party for 10-yr-old this weekend. Can I ask, what kind of paint do you use? Most likely won't be the same brand over here (am in England) but it looks quite gloopy. I think Pebeo touch textile would work but it takes 12 hours to dry!!! Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Naomi!
      Thanks for your comment! So exciting that you'll be doing your own ink blot party this weekend. I use a paint called SoSoft because it's a wonderfully soft and flexible paint when it dries. It does take up to 12 hours to dry as well, so it's not a quick drying paint.

      What I did with the school project was keep the cardboard sleeve in the tshirt, laying flat, and then sent the wet shirt home with the kids and told parents to keep it flat for up to 48 hours.

      I don't know of any good quality fabric paint that dries quickly. I hope the option to send home wet shirts is possible.

      Good luck to you!! I'd love to hear how your party (and shirts) turn out! :)

  10. This IS an awesome activity for birthdays! Thank you for sharing. Parents who want to prepare a fun celebration for their kids will surely find this useful.

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