i’m a lover of diy projects, and my kids love it even more if the diy is for them!
fair goods let me choose a font from their amazing selection (wow that was hard!), and i landed on kewl script. because i knew i was going to use this font for a monogram, i made sure to choose one with some “bulk” to it.
i printed out a few different sizes of the font in each of my girls’ initials until i found just the right size.
then i taped the monograms to my table, and taped pieces of freezer paper (glossy side down) on top.
i traced the outline of each monogram.
then i taped that tracing to a surface (i used an old clipboard) and used an exacto knife to cut out the monogram from the freezer paper.
i made sure to keep the pieces from inside the loops.
i taped the monogram on my daughter’s shirt while she was wearing it so i could get just the right placement.
once i got the monogram in just the right place, i then taped the outlined portion of the monogram to the shirt.
then i removed the other part of the monogram out from under.
with a warm, dry iron, i pressed the freezer paper to the shirt.
next i placed the inner pieces of the loops in just the right spot.
then i pressed those pieces as well.
this is the area that will be painted.
i made sure to press the freezer paper well at the edges so that the paint wouldn’t leak under.
as you can see, i chose a lower case letter for gracie and an upper case for lily. there were actually several choices for each upper and lower case, so it was really fun to choose my favorite!
i use deco art metallic fabric paint and martha stewart crafts multi-surface glitter paint, and a sponge “pouncer” from walmart.
using very little paint, i “pounced” the paint over the monogram.
as you can see, the paint is pretty transparent after one coat. in hindsight, i would’ve painted out the monogram in a more opaque color (maybe black or white), and then the stripes wouldn’t show up so well.
i ended up doing about 5 coats of the gold paint, and 2 coats of the glitter paint.
i liked it with just the shimmery gold paint, but i knew my girls would love some added sparkle with the glitter.
once the paint was completely dry, i very carefully and slowly pulled the freezer paper off the shirt, keeping my finger on the edge of the painted sections while separating the fabric from the paper.
after i peeled off the majority of the paper, i peeled off the little pieces inside the loops.
i love how crisp the lines ended up!
when the paint was completely dry, i pressed the monograms again with a pressing cloth over them to help “set” the paint.
thank you to fair goods for helping make 2 very happy girls! they love dressing alike!