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Kids Crafts: DIY Batik

By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 5:45 am in Crafts.

Courtesy Family Fun MagazineThere’s just something about summer that makes us break out the arts and crafts supplies – and when the craft is wearable, that’s all the better. So we were completely smitten by this bright batik T-shirt treatment from our buddies over at Family Fun magazine. Normally, batik is a wax-resist dye treatment, and neither the hot wax nor the dye baths are particularly kid-friendly. But the Family Fun folks adapted the idea for the younger set in a way that’s both safer and less messy. Plus the results – as you can see – are kinda spectacular.

The full instructions are here, but in a nutshell, you make a gooey flour and water paste, and use a squirt bottle to apply the pattern – here, a simple sun pattern with a spiral center. Let it dry, then use orange and yellow spray fabric paints to add some sunny hues. Let dry, then peel off the flour goo. Very, very cool!

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4 Responses to “Kids Crafts: DIY Batik”

  1. Marissa Says:

    This project looks like a great summer craft! Family Fun has the best kids crafts. I found a lot of fun, easy Family Fun crafts at http://www.creativecrafts4kids.com/. My kids loved them!

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  3. SiewYean Says:

    I think this is a great T-shirt craft for kids. I will try it out another day.

    I have another T-shirt craft for kids to share – http://www.kids-activities-learning-games.com/custom-tshirt-printing.html
    Try it out and let me know what you think.

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