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The Father's Day gift kids can DIY for Dad to wear all year long

Jessica Watson is a mom to five, four in her arms and one in her heart. She lives in Michigan where her life is as unpredictable as the weather. After the loss of her infant daughter in 2007, Jessica left the corporate world behind, vowe...

A DIY Father's Day gift even the kids can make

Adorable hand-printed Father's Day crafts are enough to make your heart burst, but we all know they'll end up collecting dust on a shelf a few months later. Don't get us wrong Father's Day keepsakes make for great and meaningful gifts, especially if it's a personalized present Dad can use and use again.

This surprisingly simple Father's Day shirt is the kind of comfy gift that can be worn around the house, for sleeping or to any sporting event. And even better, all you and your kiddos need to pull off this one-of-a-kind masterpiece is an unprinted T-shirt, a bleach pen and some creativity.

You can personalize this DIY shirt to incorporate the date your special guy became a father (or grandfather!), and the entire project is quick, easy and inexpensive:

A DIY Father's Day gift even the kids can make
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To create a bleach-pen T-shirt you will need:

  • Plain, dark-colored t-shirt. Avoid shirts with stretch or pretreated cotton; cheap t-shirts work best!
  • Bleach pen
  • 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of vellum paper
  • 8.5 x 11-inch piece of cardboard
  • Craft knife
  • Spray adhesive
  • Design template (click here to download "Daddy" template and here for "Grandpa" template)
A DIY Father's Day gift even the kids can make
Image: Jessica Watson/SheKnows

Get started:

A DIY Father's Day gift even the kids can make
Image: Jessica Watson/SheKnows

Step 1: Choose a design template and print the template onto vellum paper.

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Step 2: Place the printed design on cardboard and carefully cut out lettering with the craft knife. Make sure to save the inside of each letter, as they will be needed to complete the stencil for your design.

A DIY Father's Day gift even the kids can make
Image: Jessica Watson/SheKnows

Step 3: Insert the cardboard between the front and back of the T-shirt, placing it directly underneath where you will be placing the stencil.

A DIY Father's Day gift even the kids can make
Image: Jessica Watson/SheKnows

Step 4: Cover the back of vellum sheet stencil with spray adhesive. Spray the back of the inside of each letter that you have saved as well. Spray generously, making sure to cover the edges of your design thoroughly to prevent the bleach from bleeding through.

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A DIY Father's Day gift even the kids can make
Image: Jessica Watson/SheKnows

Next Up: Place the stencil evenly across the front of shirt

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