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Fourth of July T-Shirts

 

Today's Snack: What's a more American snack than a hot dog? The red hot dog and white bun are two-thirds of the colors of the American flag. For the blue, why not put blue food coloring in a glass of 7-Up or apple juice?

 

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Supplies:

 

T-shirt

Cardboard

Tape

Newspaper

Acrylic paint

Sponges

Scissors

Fabric paint

Fabric glue

Sequins

Buttons

 

 

Here's a fun activity for the whole family, or your whole group of friends. You can make T-shirts to wear to Fourth of July festivities! You'll sparkle and you'll match each other . . . just like the stars on the flag.

 

First, purchase inexpensive, preshrunk plain, white T-shirts in the appropriate sizes. Don't forget one for the family dog or cat!

 

Put a double or triple layer of cardboard inside each shirt; tape taut (tight) if you wish. This is to keep the paint from seeping through to the other side. The paint might stick to the cardboard, so be careful when you eventually take the cardboard out. When the first side is dry, turn it over and paint the other side.

 

Lay down newspaper in the garage or another smooth surface. Set out red, white, blue, black and silver acrylic paint, sponges in shapes such as stars and 1776, fabric paints, fabric glue with sequins and buttons, and any other decorating items you wish.

 

Family members might want to do at least one thing that's uniform on all shirts, such as "USA" in black lettering, vertically or horizontally. Everyone might want their name on there, too, and perhaps the year.

 

But otherwise, be creative! Paint fireworks! Paint George Washington! Write the first few words of the Declaration of Independence! Paint a flag!

 

You could make it a family tradition and make a new T-shirt every year. Bring out the old ones every year, too, and enjoy your endless creativity.

 

Like the fireworks show at dusk on our country's big birthday celebration . . . the sky's the limit.

 

By Susan Darst Williams www.AfterSchoolTreats.com Holidays and Seasons 21 2008

 

 

 

 

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