Happy Grad T-Shirt
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Happy Grad T-Shirt

Give your graduate something to smile about! Mark their happy milestone with Tulip® fabric paints and a little creativity.

Designed by Pattie Donham Wilkinson, courtesy of iLoveToCreate®.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Tulip Soft® Fabric Paint:
  • Sunshine Yellow Matte
  • Crimson Red Matte
  • Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint™:
  • Black Slick
  • True Red Slick
  • T-shirt - Black - 100% Cotton
  • Cardboard (cut to fit inside shirt)
  • Chalk
  • Foil
  • Sponge Brush
  • 5 1/2" Round Object (for tracing)
  • Chalk Pencil

Project Instructions

Prewash T-shirt to remove sizing; do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.

Insert cardboard piece between layers of T-shirt.

Place round object on center chest area of shirt and trace around with chalk pencil to create circle. Draw a skewed square above the circle at an angle and connect to the circle to create the graduation cap. Refer to photo.

Shake bottles of Soft Fabric Paints well. Squeeze a generous amount of each onto a piece of foil.

Use the foam brush to fill in the circle with Sunshine Yellow and the graduation with Crimson Red. Apply one to two coats of paint, letting paint dry between coats.

Shake bottle of Black Slick well. Squeeze paint directly from bottle, holding tip to surface and squeezing gently. Create a happy face in center of circle then outline the circle and the graduation cap. Create tassel with Black Slick and True Red Slick as shown. Let dry.

Wait 72 hours before washing. Wash in warm water, gentle cycle with mild soap; line dry. Clean up with soap and water. Do not dry clean.


Be sure and check with your grad to see what color to paint the graduation cap for a personal touch.