This Little Life of Mine has the cure to the ever popular, “Mom, I’m bored” heard from time to time in homes across the entire universe. 
Her darling Sandpaper and Crayon Transfer Designs use only one electronic device, and it’s not a computer!


We are always on the hunt for creative and fun activities to do with our little ones.  As the summer hours tick away, we thought we better test this clever project out stat!


Please click here to visit This Little Life of Mine and see the instructions that we followed!



Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: Who knew that sandpaper, crayons and an iron would create a fun project for my crazy kiddos?! What a creative idea!



We rolled up our sleeves and dove right into this project.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I would recommend using old crayons like Amnah mentioned, because the sandpaper will really wear them down.

Make sure you push down on the crayons and color hard on the sandpaper to make sure the transfer is vibrant.

Also, remember to run the iron over the sandpaper and cloth a few times to make sure image has transferred. I made the mistake of not doing this and had to go back and re-do it.

Caution- sandpaper and shirt are hot!!!!

Alicia - Sandpaper 1

What a great idea!

The kids were super excited to see their masterpieces. In fact, my Son told me that we need to make “Hundreds” of them.


If your coloring is light, it is hard to see it on the shirt.

Alicia - Sandpaper 2


This is a great craft project for any age! My kids had a blast creating their T-shirts and have been hounding me to make more. They also informed me that they prefer to wear these shirts to bed over their regular PJ’s.  Oh boy!!! (Insert eye roll). I might also mention that they are still currently wearing their T-Shirts and it is the next day. This will be a long, stinky week!



Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Keep my daughter busy with a craft she can proudly wear!




  • I purchased a white, cotton V-neck shirt from Target (my favorite place to find cheap but quality kids clothes).
  • We used Crayola Crayons and medium grit sandpaper.

I instructed my daughter to choose a design that didn’t have any letters or numbers (since they would be backwards) but let her have creative freedom over the design otherwise. She went at it!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Choose crayon colors that are deep and vibrant. It seemed like the lighter and even medium tones didn’t really show as well.

I cannot stress enough that it is really important to color heavily on the sandpaper in order for the transfer to come out clear.

Amanda - Sandpaper 1


This project is SO perfect for a rainy day or a project on the fly.

We almost always have sandpaper on hand and you could really use any lightly colored shirt or surface (think pillow cases or canvas bags).


Our design wasn’t as bright as expected and even though I did the additional blotting with the paper towel and 20 minutes in the dryer to “set” the color, it still ended up on the sleeve and back of the shirt.

Amanda - Sandpaper 2


This would be a really fun activity for a birthday party and then the kids could take them home as the favor. We will definitely do this again!



Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To find a fun craft project the kiddos and I can do together!



sandpaper_6_afterironThis project called for minimal elements, which always makes for a good kid project.

With the three kiddos, we have a TON of crayons in this house, so it was a given that we’d try this one out. My husband said we had sandpaper in the garage, but I could find it NOWHERE – go figure! And, the kids and I decided we’d do the project on canvas bags, so we visited our local JoAnn Fabrics store to find blank canvas bags and sand paper.

  • We chose tan canvas bags and found 240 grit sand paper – who knew you can find sand paper at a craft store!

The kids began the project by coloring on their sheets of sand paper – the only ones that JoAnn Fabrics had were pretty small, so the art area wasn’t too large.

I used the third sheet of sand paper to color an “M” and “S” for the kids bags.

When the kids were done with their images, I set to work ironing them onto the bags.

I had my iron on the hottest setting and set a piece of cardboard under the bag as recommended. I also used an old t-shirt on top to protect the sand paper from the heat. After about a full minute of ironing over the image area, I removed the sand paper to see how the image transferred. It wasn’t as amazing as we all had hoped. The colors were very muted and the image wasn’t very crisp.

After we were done, the kids set to work on stuffing their new bags with goodies. They are obsessed with bags these days – always filling them with toys, books, and trinkets and taking them with us everywhere!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

In hindsight, the kids didn’t push very hard when coloring, so maybe that would have helped?

Sarah - Sandpaper 1


Purposeful item when complete – who can’t use a bag!

If the kids get tired of these, they are great for heading to the grocery store.


The colors were very muted and the image wasn’t very crisp.

Sarah - Sandpaper 2


Though a fun project for the kids to try, we didn’t have great end results, so I’m not sure that I’ll have us try it again.

I am curious as to whether using a different sand paper grit weight would bring about a better end result.



Reviewer #4 – Sheri

Mission:  I love finding fun crafts for the kids that inspire their creativity. This looked like the perfect little project, most especially for my oldest who LOVES to draw.



One thing I loved about this project is that it was very inexpensive and it gave the kids the chance to express themselves.

They were first surprised about sandpaper. “You mean it’s like sand on paper?”

My son decided to draw a sting ray. He was excited for our upcoming trip to the aquarium. I made sure he pressed down with above moderate force to get the crayon wax embedded into the sand.  As noted in the post, letters and numbers get transposed, do them backwards.

After he did all of his work, I went forth and did mine. I warmed the iron up on the highest setting. I found some cardboard and followed Amnah’s directions precisely. I did at least ten strokes with the iron over the design.

It transferred better than I thought it would. I then set it by putting two paper towels over the design and ironing it again. This really does help pull up any extra wax.

Into the dryer it went for 20 minutes and then onto my boy. He was thrilled to see his own design on his shirt.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Press down and really get the wax into sandpaper.

Sheri - Sandpaper 1


The smiles were priceless.

The fact that it wasn’t a messy project, even better.


Not sure how many washes it will hold up to (one wash and we’re still good).

Sheri - Sandpaper 2


This was a fun project. My oldest already has more ideas of designs he wants to make. I better get some more sandpaper.

What I personally love about it the project is that it was inexpensive and it wasn’t messy. I also love seeing the creativity and the personal representations of themselves in their artwork.


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