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Painting Smocks from Old T-shirts

A while back I made some super simple painting smocks out of old t-shirts for my three oldest kids, and today my twins wanted to paint so badly that I had to whip up a couple more, so i thought I'd snap some photos and share the idea with you!

All you need is an old (adult size) t-shirt you no longer want and a clothespin.  

Cut a straight line up the back of the shirt.

If you are using a long sleeved shirt you will want to cut the sleeves to an appropriate length for the child too.

Put the shirt on the child and pin the back closed with a clothespin.

Easy, right?

Since it is cut down the back you won't have to slip a paint covered shirt up over anyone's head when they are done making a mess, errr, um, I mean painting their masterpiece.

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  1. Oh my goodness! Are you kidding? Such a cute/awesome idea! I'm mad I didn't think of it!:) I recently went through and donated a bunch of stuff though from my closet... I might "accidently" stain some of my t-shirts...

    Love it! and Love your blog!!

  2. Simple and effective. I'll pass this onto my daughter in law. She has three budding artists, and it won't be long before number 4 wants to join in! :)

  3. brilliant idea! this seems to easy :)
    thanks for sharing!

  4. Fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing Kelly.

  5. Kelly, this is off topic, but I am wondering if you have ever posted on how your household handles chores. Would love to see your methods!

  6. Kelly - Thank you for sharing glorious twin cuteness! :)

  7. This is a fabulous idea Kelly! Oh my gosh your little people are the cutest things ever, adorable!

  8. Awesome idea!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  9. That is my first time I have visited here I like This Design and cool color thanks for sharing such nice combination colored shirts.


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