Art to Wear



Finger Print T-Shirt
Materials Needed
Fabric paints
Paper plates
Green fabric marker

1. Set up your decorating station by first cutting a piece of cardboard to fit snugly inside each shirt, separating the front and the back layers. Line up the shirts on your worktable and squirt small puddles of fabric paint onto paper plates.

2. For each shirt, have the girls each dip a pinky finger into a puddle of paint and press it onto the T-shirt for a flower center.

3. Next, have them each dip a thumb into a different color of paint and press it onto the shirt around the pinky print to make petals

4. Use a fabric marker to paint stems and leaves.

5. Finally, have each guest use the fabric marker to write her name under her thumbprint flower on each shirt.

6. Leave the cardboard inside the shirts while they dry and refer to the fabric paint bottle for washing instructions.

Source: Family Fun

Tie-Dye Shoe Laces
Materials Needed
White shoelaces
Bowls or plastic yogurt containers
Warm water
Fabric paint
Stick or paintbrush
Plastic bag
Hair elastics, optional

1. Tie knots in the shoelaces about one inch apart or cinch one-inch loops with the hair elastics.

2. Prepare each color of dye in its own bowl by mixing equal parts fabric paint and water (start with a tablespoon of each). If needed, add a few drops of paint (to deepen) or water (to lighten) the color. Mix with a paintbrush or stick.

3. Dip each knot or loop into a different color. Remove the lace from the dye after a few seconds unless you want a very dark color. Keep in mind that the colors will bleed slightly. Or you may want to bleed them on purpose so that, say, red and yellow mix into orange.

4. Dry the laces flat on a plastic bag. Do not undo the knots until the laces are dry.

Source: Family Fun

Pillow Case Poncho
Materials Needed
an old pillowcase for each girl
wax paper
fabric paint, markers or other decorations
Take and old pillowcase and cut off the bottom, making it a square.  Cut up one seamed edge, leaving one corner in tact.  Cut a semicircle out of the seamed corner to make an opening for your head.  Place Poncho on a flat surface, and put a large piece of wax paper inside.  Use fabric paint, markers or other decorations to make your poncho uniquely yours.  Keep flat and allow to dry (if painted).  These ponchos can also be left plain for girls to add fun patches or swaps to.
Source: Council Handout

Easy Tie-Dye Shirt
Materials Needed
clean white t-shirt
contact paper
adhesive vinyl letters
acrylic craft paints (Apple Barrel -- small bottles)
spray bottles
paper towels


Prepare your work area:
This can be done indoors, as the craft paints do not emit any fumes. However, an outdoor area with no wind is preferred, in case of over-spray.
Spread a plastic drop cloth on floor. Cover plastic with newspaper. (Plastic protects the work surface. Paper soaks up over-spray, preventing puddles from forming underneath shirt.)
Prepare the shirt:
Cut shapes from contact paper. If you have access to one of those die cut machines (most schools have one) it makes this job a lot easier.
Leaders can apply the Troop # in the desired location using the vinyl letters, then have the girls arrange and stick the contact paper shapes on both sides of their shirts.
Prepare the paint:
Pour the bottle of craft paint into a clean 2-liter soda bottle. Fill the bottle with water up to where it starts getting narrower. Shake vigorously to mix.
Put paint mixture in a good spray bottle that will put out a fine mist.
Paint the shirt:
Lay the shirt on the prepared work surface.
Spray desired areas of one side of shirt. Use a paper towel to dab the paint off the contact paper, so it will not pool off the edge and soak under.
Spray as many colors as you like. We used three, mulberry, turquoise, and spring green.
After spraying the final color and dabbing the paint off the letters and contact paper, hang the shirt up on a hanger while you put down fresh newspaper.
Lay the shirt on the fresh paper with the unpainted side up.
Repeat process as for first side.
Hang on clothesline to dry.
Once paint is completely dry, it will be permanent.
Surfaces can be cleaned up with soap and water before paint dries.
Paint should be sprayed on lightly. If sprayed to thick, it will soak through.
You can put wax paper or a shirt board inside the shirt to prevent bleed through if necessary

Source: Pinky's Page

Hydro Bracelets
Materials Needed
2 feet of clear plastic tubing with a -inch inner diameter and
3 inches of clear plastic tubing with a 3/8-inch inner diameter (sold in most hardware stores)
Ruler and scissors
Tiny beads or glitter and water

To make each bracelet, cut an 8-inch-long piece from the 1/4-inch tubing and cut a 1-inch length from the 3/8-inch tubing (for a fastener). Slide both ends of the 8-inch tube into the fastener, as shown, and have your child try on the bracelet for fit. If it's too big, take it apart and trim it to size, remembering that it will need to slip over her hand. Remove one end of the bracelet from the fastener. Use a finger to stopper one end while your child drops in tiny beads or pieces of glitter -- or anything she likes that fits in the tube and can be submerged in water. When she's done, slowly fill the tube with water, leaving several inches of air so it has room to move. Carefully slide the free end into the fastener as far as it will go. This should create a snug fit that won't come undone without a good tug.
Family Fun

Make an African Mask
Materials Needed
card stock (to print mask)
markers, crayons, glitter, foam shapes, feathers etc.
large craft stick
African Mask Patterns
Hunter  b&w
1 2  b&w 1 2
1 2 b&w  1 2
1 2  b&w  1 2

Print mask patterns onto cardstock.  If you are using the color patterns, allow girls to cut them out and put them together and add a stick for a handle.  Black and white (b&w) patterns can be colored and decorated by the girls.

More Info: The Dogon are a people who live in Mali, a country in West Africa. Every 13 years, the Dogon honor the spirits of the ancestors during an important celebration called a dama.  At a dama, the Dogon wear many different masks that represent animals or people that play a significant role in Dogon life. Wearing their masks, the Dogon dance to lively music with drums.  Dama masks are made out of wood and painted.

Source: printouts from PBS kids

Make a Mask
Materials Needed
card stock (to print mask)
markers, crayons, glitter, foam shapes, feathers etc.
large craft stick
Masks to Color

basic mask

Print mask patterns onto cardstock.  Provide a wide variety of art supplies for girls to decorate their masks with.  Once girls have decorated their masks, add a large craft stick to the back for a handle.
Source: printouts from

Make an Animal Mask
Materials Needed
card stock (to print mask)
large craft stick
Color Animal Masks

Print mask patterns onto cardstock.  Once girls have cut out their masks, add a large craft stick to the back for a handle.
Source: printouts from unknown source






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