I didn’t want to get a bunch of junky toys or candy for the party favors for my son’s Minecraft party … instead we made the guests Glow-in-the-Dark Creeper Shirts.
After nailing down the easiest and best way to make these Glow-in-the-Dark Creeper shirts in an assembly line fashion, they were quite simple. And turned out really cool!
All you need is …
- basic white undershirt-type t-shirts (or course you could use a colored t-shirt, like green or black, but plain white ts are always less expensive … which is important when you are making a bunch)
- Glow-in-the-Dark T-shirt paint (I used the Tulip brand that I found at Michael’s)
- Sponge brush
- This great free printable template from iSaveA2Z.
Cut out the printable template and then trace it onto a piece of cardboard. Use an exacto knife or box cutter to cut out the image on the cardboard. This will be used for your stencil for each shirt. (I did try this simple idea from Kids Activities Blog using tape … which is PERFECT if you only want to make one shirt. However, a stencil makes much more sense if you want to make several).
Put another piece of cardboard inside the shirt so that the front and back of the shirt don’t get stuck together when you are painting. Place the cardboard stencil on the front of the shirt (or wherever you’d like to paint it!). I used some masking tape to help hold the stencil in place on the shirt (it still moved around a bit … but, no worries, it didn’t’ really matter). Using the sponge brush fill in the stencil area with the glow-in-the-dark t-shirt paint. I used two coats of the paint and then removed the stencil. I found that I needed to touch up the paint just a bit to make sure the edges were filled in and smooth out any paint globs. Then, hung them up to dry.
As you can see … the glow in the dark paint barely shows up on the shirts in the light. BUT … BEWARE! CREEPERS COME OUT AT NIGHT!
The project is definitely simple enough for kids 4 years and up to do with a little bit of adult assistance. I thought about having the kids make the shirts themselves at the party … but knew they wouldn’t be dry enough to take home at the end of the party.
To give them away at the party I rolled them up and tied them with a piece of twine.
I used this creeper image to create tags and wrote this on the back of the tag:
And placed them a green favor bag that I added a cut-out image of a creeper face.
I’m pretty sure the kids will really enjoy them … I know my kids and I had a great time creating them!
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Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.