Jun 14, 2012

Boredom Buster: Bleach Shirts

Do you have bored kids?  Me too.  We've been doing our best to our best to keep that dreaded statement, "I'm bored!" out of our house but it doesn't always work out so good.  Especially yesterday, I was busy filling Etsy orders .... (thank you all by the way, I only have two purses and a few bracelets left!) .... so my kiddos were left to come up with their own entertainment.

First they read - in the bathroom.

I'm not kidding.  They were being unusually quiet.  It was the kind of quiet that makes you worried about what kind of trouble they are getting into.  So I called for them and they answered saying they were reading.  I immediately thought, "Awesome!  Reading is great!  I have smart kids!".  I was quickly humbled when I realized their reading location of choice was a little wonky.  Were they in their room where it's comfortable?  Nope!  They were in the bathroom.  One had made a fort in the tub and the other wrapped up in a blanket in front of the toilet.  Still.  They were reading!  Awesome.


Reading lasted for a while but then it was hands on time so I did what all good, responsible parents do - I let them play with bleach.  Here's a little photo story of the process in case you want to do the same ....


1- Pick a t'shirts and stencil  

2- Place a few pieces of cardstock inside the shirt.  It's not shown but that is so the bleach does't soak through to the back of the shirt.  

3- Then tape the stencil down


4- Take a picture of your cute kid 


5- Give her a bleach pen and let her get to work dabbing bleach into the design of the stencil


6- This is what it will look like when she's done dabbing it on.  You can see how the bleach is already working.  Let the bleach set for about 10 to 15 minutes.


7- Throw the shirt in the wash and launder as you normally would.  Plus, give the hard working kid some M&M's, which she won't eat until she has sorted them out by color.  This will fill her with sugar which will give her energy to sustain the wait for the shirt while it goes through the laundry cycle.


8 - Pull the shirt out of the dryer and let her wear it.  Most likely she will refuse to take it off and will ask to wear it every where because, well, it's her own handy work and she is very proud!

So, these bleach shirts aren't a new idea.  You can Google them and get a million results.  But, they are great boredom busters so if you are looking for something for your kids to do, and I do recommend that the kids be older kids, than give them a try. They are kind of fun!

Oh, and if you don't have a t'shirt already on hand, Michael's has them on sale for 2 for $5 until Saturday 6/16.  That's a pretty good deal!


6 comments:

The champion sorter of M&M's said...

YOU have a kid who sorts her M&M"s?

Rachel said...

I HAVE to know where you got that stencil! My daughter would probably have me buy a shirt in every color to make her shirts with that stencil on it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Will probably have to try it this summer.

Amy said...

@Rachel - I bought the stencil at Hobby Lobby.

Susan F. said...

Yay for bleach pens. Very cool shirt. :)

tatteredchix said...

I love this, I will have to use it on one of the sewing with angels days!!

Angela of griffinshoney.com said...

I also sort my m&ms by color. Actually a lot of people do. Its very A type. I then have to eat them so there is an even amount of each color after they are sorted.