Art Project #38: Making Minecraft T-Shirts

I saw a few stenciled Minecraft T-shirts on Pinterest and knew that HAD to be our next art project for our 100 Days of Art Challenge.

I had planned on helping the younger two boys a creeper shirt so I bought them some plain green shirts but knew Ian would want something on black (if he wanted to participate at all),

When I pulled out all the supplies Alec informed me he wanted to make a Minecraft Ocelot instead.  I told him if he could draw or design it I could help him paint it.

We decided to use some blank square tiles to help us lay out our designs and then tape around them using painters tape. Like this:

Evan's creeper face 

Taping around the squares 

The completed face 
Ian just needed a big square taped off  
Alec's ocelot face
Once we had everything taped we moved outside onto the patio and the boys started painting.  I wasn't sure if the paint would bleed under the painters tape or not so I cautioned them to paint from the outside (taped areas) to the inside; so that they would not be pushing the tape up at all.

Once they were finished we set them aside to dry.  Once dry Evan's was all done but the other two boys needed to either remove tape or add new pieces to put the next coat of color on... like this:

We added tape on top of the white square to make the skeleton face.
After each coat we put the shirts in the sun to dry and decided if we needed to add detail anywhere else.  Alec's shirt took a few different color coats; the yellow face, the brown spots and the nose. 

Waiting for the paint to dry so we can remove the last bit of tape and paint his nose

Once they were completed we let them dry for 24 hours and then turning the shirts inside out I heat set them with a flat iron.  Then we kept them turned inside out and washed and dried them.  They've held up to a few washings already!

Our other art projects:
Project 1: Painting with Hexbugs
Project 2: Tissue paper flowers
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 4: Watercolor compass circles
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 7: Scratch art jellyfish
Project 8: Oil pastel flowers
Project 9: Fingerprint dandelions 
Project 10: Beaded Sun Catchers
Project 11: Bird Crafts and Snacks
Project 12: Color Mixing Butterflies
Project 13: Water Gun Art 
Project 14: Using Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouette Paintings 
Project 16: Painting Pet Rocks
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist 
Project 18: Water Bottle Windsock 
Project 19: Stained Glass Kits 
Project 20: Tin Can Windsock
Project 21: Firework Glue Art
Project 22: Qixel Art
Project 23: Makit Bakit Kits 
Project 24: Wood Burning Project 
Project 25: Making Our Own Raft
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 27: Paper Bowl Jellyfish 
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Proejct 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles
Project 30: Chalk Pastel Paintings 
Project 31: Washi Tape Votive Holders
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 34: Tissue Paper Transfer
Project 35: Stained Glass Class
Project 36: Visiting the Art Museum 
Project 37: Taking an Art Class

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  1. I love this -my grandson would want one and he would love to help. Did you use fabric paint?

    1. I used FolK Art brand multi surface acrylic paint (for the most part though I think a few bottles were just acrylic paint).

  2. This is fantastic! My kids would go nuts for an activity like this! Thanks for the awesome idea :)

    1. You're welcome! The Minecraft images lend themselves nicely to some easy blocky pictures.

  3. What a smart way to do this with the tape! Love it!

    1. Thanks! It's like making a giant stencil for them.

  4. My grandson would love to make one of these Mindcraft tee shirts. Thanks for sharing this idea with us at Snickerdoodle.

  5. Wonderful DIY for kids!You can try some online practical tests on Maths and English for your kids at

  6. What a great idea! My son is going to love this when he sees it, and we're going to have to try and make it at our house too. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

    1. Thank you for the pin; glad I found a project your son will enjoy.

  7. Jack asked for Minecraft for Christmas. I'll have to keep this in mind. We did glitter heart shirts and shamrock shirts last spring. I bet the kids would be up for making cool shirts again.

    1. My boys are quite obsessed with the game; they have built such amazing houses, yachts, and roller coaster designs. It really is fun... I think we're making Minecraft ornaments this year.


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