Felicia Carter is the founder and managing editor behind the popular lifestyle blog, Go Grow Go. Her blog features savvy tips that help readers: simplify, save, grow and go!
There is something quite magical about being a parent to young children. Believe me, it isn’t always a walk in the park, but I love how having babies opened up the floodgates of creativity for me. I may not always be the best, but the ideas are constant because of these two movers and shakers I was blessed with.
Having two boys means little to no down time for me. When I am looking at DIY projects they have to meet three criteria:
- The project must be cute and/or useful.
- The project must be simple.
- The project must be inexpensive.
So, when Gerber Childrenswear asked me to come up with a fun DIY project that pertained to their popular and timeless Gerber Onesies® one piece underwear, I knew immediately what I wanted to do! I have been throwing around the idea of fabric stamping a few silhouettes on various items in my youngest son’s room just to give it a little more character. I already had the fabric paint on hand for this particular project which was a bonus. Lately, the trend on clothing and décor has been leaning towards silhouettes. I love the clean lines and simplicity of it all. With several close friends having babies, I thought it would be perfect to combine the silhouette trend with the Gerber Onesies® one piece underwear in order to give them meaningful gifts with character and style.
This project turned out so cute and it was so simple you could even let older kids be a part of it.
- Safe, non-toxic fabric paint
- Stamp style foam paint brush
- Gerber Onesies® garment, washed
- Print out of a silhouette on card stock
- Strong tape (packing tape works great)
- Print out the silhouette you desire on card stock. You can find images online and then size them using Word or another picture editor.
- Carefully cut the silhouette out of the card stock. You will need to slightly bend the paper and make a cut in the middle of the image so that you create yourself a stencil.
- Place an extra piece of cardboard or card stock inside the Gerber Onesies® garment in order to prevent bleed through.
- Tape the stencil down onto the garment making sure it is secure and pressed closely to the fabric. Make sure not to cover the actual stencil area. NOTE: Make sure your garment has been pre-washed.
- Take your foam brush and press it into the fabric paint. Knock any excess off of the brush.
- Using a stamping motion, press down on the stencil until you have the entire figure filled in. Make sure all areas are covered completely. NOTE: if you get the card stock too wet it can stick to the garment when you pull it off. Try not to over saturate when painting.
- Allow the fabric paint to dry for about 4 hours.
- Pull the stencil off of the fabric.
- After 72 hours, turn the finished garment inside out and wash it again.
We decided to go with the North Carolina State outline (the state we live in) as one of our silhouettes. It turned out beautifully! I also tried a Ford truck silhouette, which also did well. My own two boys wanted a shirt with the truck on it. I may need to make a few more for them!
What a fun and inexpensive way to create a thoughtful gift for a friend or a loved one. You could also use this same method to make a fun birthday gift for a 1st birthday!
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