Fall Leaves Shirt

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro


This adorable shirt can be made for either a boy or a girl. So colorful and vibrant they are definitely going to love it! Go even further and add their name for a personalized touch.

What You Need:

t-shirt cardboard, enough to fill inside of shirt

2-3 leaf shaped foam stamps, at least 1 large and 1 small child face

foam stamp

paint brush

fabric paint: peach (or flesh color), pink, light blue, brown, red, orange, yellow, sage green OR acrylic paint in same colors and textile medium 

If you make this project

we’d love to see it! Just send your photos and comments to the editor and it may get published on our Facebook fan page !

What you do

Lay shirt flat on work surface. Insert cardboard inside the shirt. If you are using fabric paint, continue to the next step. If you don’t have fabric paint, textile medium can be added to acrylic paint to create the same effect. Mix together 1 part textile medium to 2 parts acrylic paint. Using child-face stamp first, paint the stamp (face – flesh, girl’s hair – brown, boy’s cap – light blue). Use a generous amount of paint, without it dripping off the stamp. Carefully press the stamp onto the shirt, around or below elbow height. Don’t press too hard, just enough pressure to be sure that all the paint goes onto the shirt. Carefully remove the stamp by lifting straight up into the air. Use pink paint to carefully dab on the cheeks.


If using a black shirt like we did, some lighter colors will not show up as well as they would on a white shirt. You can use a paint brush to carefully touch up the face or hair if you like. For the leaves, begin with orange. Paint the entire leaf stamp and press onto shirt. Start by the child-face stamp and work your way down. You will need to reapply the paint for each leaf impression. Create a pile of leaves by overlapping the stamp. One you have a sizable pile of leaves, change colors to yellow. Stamp several yellow leaves into the pile, then do the same with red paint. Once you are satisfied with the leaf pile, take a small leaf stamp and paint it green. Add a few small green leaves to the pile, then create the look of falling leaves by stamping small leaves up above the pile, up to the shoulder of the shirt. If you have a second small leaf stamp, repeat this process with yellow. Allow to dry completely, overnight is best.

Caring for your shirt:

For the longest life of your design, we recommend washing inside out in cold water. Drying takes its toll on paint, so for the longest life, hang to dry.

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Amanda Formaro (345 Posts)

Amanda Formaro is a freelance writer, editor, craft designer, and recipe developer. She loves multi-tasking and has been writing and working on the Internet since 1997. You can find her at AmandaFormaro.com. You’ll find her craft projects at CraftsbyAmanda.com and her recipes on AmandasCookin.com.

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