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.


 Sandpaper Conclusion

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Calico Skies has shared a super neat tutorial on how to create your own DIY Screen Print Tee.  With simple materials, your own design can grace your garb!

Always searching for new ways to inspire our inner fashionista, we were ready to give screen printing a try!


Please click here to visit Calico Skies and see the instructions that we followed!


Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: Create a semi-professional looking screen print for my dino loving middle child.




  • 6″ Plastic Embroidery Hoop
  • Mod Podge Original Gloss Finish
  • Martha Stewart High Gloss Beetle Black
  • Bing image of T-Rex
  • In the original post she used nude panty hose but all I had was black and with the help of a metallic pen that worked out just fine.

    Tips & Tricks Learned:

    The Mod Podge application goes on the side of the embroidery hoop that will lay flush with the item you are printing on. I think that doing a couple of coats may help make the image a little more clear too.

    I would suggest picking a basic shape for your first attempt. I think the image I chose was a little more advanced for this amateur screen printer.

    Getting the nylons really tight on the embroidery hoop is key! I feel like my first attempt it was a little loose. I plan to correct this issue the next time I try this.


    Not too many supplies needed that you may not have. I did have to purchase the embroidery hoop but that was it. Not bad for creating a unique looking t-shirt.


    Live and learn. Sadly if you LOVE the shirt you are printing on you may be disappointed with a less than perfect result. I felt better after doing a little test print on a piece of paper before making it “happen” on my little guy’s shirt.


    I already have a unicorn in the works for my daughter and niece. I can’t wait to see if my little adjustments make a difference. This could be an addicting craft for sure…I may run out of surfaces!



    Reviewer #2 – Sarah

    Mission: To doll up some plain T’s and try my hand at screen printing!



    • I was racking my brain as to what I should do for a t-shirt design and finally landed on going with a CrossFit inspired design. If I haven’t mentioned before, I CrossFit and I am OBSESSED!!! After a bit of research, I landed on a design with a kettle bell – I love me some kettle bell!
    • Outside of purchasing the embroidery hoop, the Mod Podge and the t-shirts, I had the remaining elements on hand.
    • I used the Martha Stewart Crafts satin all-in-one paint and my favorite Martha Stewart paint brushes.
    • Maren had lots of panty hose handy (don’t ask!) so she supplied those.

    Tips & Tricks Learned:

    A few of us Crafty Collaborative gals got together to start this lovely craft, though we weren’t able to finish them together since it was a bit of a time suck. I tell you – that Mod Podge takes a hell of a long time to dry!!! And, if you want your edges to be PERFECT…you better plan on doing a few coats.

    After completing this craft, I’d recommend using a fabric only paint vs. an all-in-one paint. The Martha Stewart Crafts all-in-one paint is fantastic, but I had a bit of trouble with my red heart bleeding (no pun intended!) after the first wash.

    In addition, I would recommend not putting the paint on super thick if you are using a thin shirt/fabric as mine bled through causing it to become rough and folded when I was wearing it.

    Make sure when you are doing this that you put the Mod Podge on the side of the hose that will be lying flat against your fabric surface. AND, most importantly, if you are doing any sort of typeface, make sure you place it on so that when you screen print, it will read correctly and not backwards – this took me awhile to figure out.


    A fun way to dress up an old t-shirt or show off your favorite things in a wearable form!


    This project took longer than I had planned due to the application of many layers of Mod Podge as I was pretty finicky in applying it wanted to end up with clean edges.


    I was excited about this project and enjoyed doing the process, but wasn’t as excited with the outcome as I had hoped. I’d love to try this again sometime, but will modify a bit. And, if I for some reason I plan to do a lot of screen printing in the future, I may just find myself a Gocco screen printer online!



    Reviewer #3 – Janet

    Mission: First thoughts on the project: Looking at the instructions, I figured that Lauren on Calico Skies was making it look way cooler/easier/beautiful than it really was going to turn out. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to this project.



    • I had an embroidery hoop, but thought it would be too small for my project. I purchased a humongous one, which I actually didn’t even end up using, because the small one worked perfectly.
    • Thanks to all of the other TCC projects, I already had acrylic paint (Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cake in satin), Mod Podge, and brushes on hand.
    • I used a green tee that I already had in my closet from this summer and Maren provided the hosiery at our TCC gathering!

    Tips & Tricks Learned:

    Figure out your design before you buy an embroidery hoop so you know what size to get.

    I suggest three to four layers of Mod Podge so you don’t miss any spots.

    Don’t select an intricate design…you will drive yourself crazy trying to get the Mod Podge on just right.


    Actually was very easy (though I didn’t believe it would be from the looks of the instructions) and had minimal mess.


    The lines didn’t turn out as crisp as seen on the blog. I think if I would have put a little more time into painting the Mod Podge on smoothly, it might have helped.

    Not sure how well the shirt will go through the wash, but it was so cheap to make that I won’t be upset if it doesn’t make it out alive.


    Gotta love not having to spend 1 penny on a project! (blessing in disguise that I didn’t have to make yet another trip back to the craft store…I never come out of there without an impulse buy!) This is a great way to spice up an old T, or even make a festive outfit, like my shamrock that I will be rockin’ on St. Patty’s!



    Reviewer #4 – Maren

    Mission: To learn how to screen print!  This seems like a really neat and cost effective way to transfer images at home.



    • I’m from Minneapolis where some of the bad-a$$ kids have “612” tatts, which is the area code.  Since I’m more of the “work-from-home” bad-ass, I decided to emblazon one of my favorite sweatshirts with the digits.  LOL
    • I found a great neon orange fabric paint called Neon Fiesta Orange.  So… it’s glittery.  How did I not notice that when I bought it?  This might hurt my street cred.
    • I used a Small Wash Brush to paint on my Mod Podge Hard Coat in Satin Finish.
    • I happened to have a lifetime supply of those knee-high panty hose that you buy in the little plastic bubble at the drug store for a buck from my days in the salon (I would stuff them to use to fill out elaborate updos.  These came in handy for our project!

    Tips & Tricks Learned:

    It took me an embarrassingly long amount of time to figure out which way to draw the design on.  I way over-thought this step.  Just make sure that you are able to put the nylons down flat against the transfer surface.

    It also took me a couple tries to get the nylons really taut.  I think that this proved to be really crucial in getting a good print, as Lauren from Calico Skies mentioned in her instructions.

    I think that I applied 5 or 6 layers of Mod Podge  to make sure that the edges of the design were perfect.  You do need to wait a few hours in between coats, so be prepared.

    When I was done transferring my image, I hustled to the sink and gently rinsed the paint off with warm water.  The Mod Podge looked a little gummy, but I let it dry out and it’s ready for the next 612 screen print!

    I washed my beloved sweatshirt inside out in cool water and dried on regular for the first time and it the design held up perfectly!  It may have even looked better!


    LOVE IT!  I also really like the way the fabric paint turned out!

    This project was easy to do and super inexpensive!


    To get a crisp print, you’ll need to take the time to get it right.  This project took me a total of about 4 days.


    I really liked this project!  Even though it took a few days to complete, I was very happy with the results.  I am already thinking of other projects that could benefit from a little screen print action!



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