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.


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

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