After reading numerous simple tutorials by other bloggers, I finally decided to try the crayon art-sandpaper project. The goal: color a pretty picture on sandpaper and iron picture on fabric or T-shirt. Sounds easy, right? Even the most anti-crafters thought the project was super easy with pretty good results.


Luckily, I was hanging out with my dad one afternoon when he decided to stop by a hardware store (neither Charlie and I have sandpaper in our stash of stuff). I picked up some cheap and fine sandpaper and cut one sheet in half because I wanted a simple drawing on my T-shirt. I’m not the greatest artist in the world, but I know how to draw a flower.


Inspired by the great video game, Plants vs. Zombies, I drew a cute little red sunflower on the sandpaper. Many crafters used white T-shirts, but I wanted to use a yellow T-shirt, knowing I would somehow ruin or stain a white shirt within moments of wearing it. I figured any light colored shirt would do if you didn’t want to work with white.


Per my research, I drew my red sunflower with crayons and made it darker with a second layer of crayon. Once my picture was completed, I turned the sandpaper over (with the drawing facing the shirt) and placed it on my shirt. In hindsight, maybe I should have taped the sandpaper before I ironed it, but the image turned out fine anyway.


If I had my way, I would’ve ironed it a bit more but unfortunately the sandpaper moved a smidge here and there, and I didn’t want to ruin anything. To make sure the crayon wax was firmly on the shirt, I covered my picture with a dish towel and ironed over the area a few more times. Once done, I turned the shirt inside out and threw it in the wash for a quick spin.


After the quick wash, I inspected the drawing and tried to scrape the wax off with my fingernail, but the wax was there to stay! Woot! Even my husband, who was skeptical of the Pinterest-found project from the beginning, thought the shirt was cute (just like me!). The picture was bright as ever after a quick tumble in the dryer.

I love this project because it’s quick, easy, fun, and inexpensive. I would like to try ironing a drawing onto fabric and make a cute throw pillow or simple tote. And I wonder if a white crayon drawing would transfer onto a dark colored shirt. *sigh* So many ideas … I look forward to trying this project with my nieces and nephews and see what they create.

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6 replies »

  1. This project looks so easy! My husband has sandpaper somewhere and the kids have an unlimited stash of crayons! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. This sounds awesome! I can’t wait to have my kids draw me a design for a shirt! Thanks for the idea!

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