DIY 4th of July Shirt Tutorial to Make an American Flag T-Shirt

Grab a white classic tee, sponge, paint and stickers, because we are making patriotic shirts, and American Flag shirt. This craft is perfect for Independence day, Veterans Day, or Memorial Day. This American flag clothing is perfect any time you want to be patriotic!

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Let’s make a custom American flag t-shirt for 4th of July!

How to Make an American Flag T-Shirt for 4th of July

Here’s a fun and easy 4th of July tutorial for making a flag t-shirt with your kids. It uses an easy sticker and tape resist method.

The results are so dramatic! This American flag tee is great for the whole family. What’s great is that you’re making a custom American flag t-shirts meaning it will fit perfectly! Your USA shirt can be made from any plain tshirt whether you get it from the dollar store or old navy.

This American flag tee is an easy craft for older kids or younger kids, or really any patriotic Americans.

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Let’s make an American flag t-shirt!

Supplies Needed To Make This American Flag Shirt

Directions for Making Fourth of July T-Shirt

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Here are the first 2 steps to making your custom painted flag shirt!

Step 1

Place a piece of cardboard in between the two layers of the t-shirt.  This will prevent the paint from leaking to the back of the shirt.

Step 2

Use masking tape to section off the star portion of the flag and to make the white stripes. I did the taping for this shirt myself, but an older child might be able to tape with guidance.

Step 3

Use a craft sponge to dab on the red stripes. I like the rustic look of dabbing better than regular painting for home painted t-shirts.

It makes irregularities look like “character” rather than mistakes.

It’s also good for sticker resist painting because it uses less paint; so there is less chance for it to get under the stickers.

How to make a 4th of July American Flag Shirt steps 3 and 4 - Kids Activities Blog
Steps 3 & 4 to creating your own American flag shirt for the 4th!

Step 4

After the paint has dried, pull off the tape, and put new tape around the outside of the star section of the flag. This keeps the blue from mixing with the red stripes. 

Step 5

Fill the star section with star stickers, making sure to press down firmly. This way, the paint can’t bleed under them.

Step 6

Dab with blue paint. Make sure to dab enough paint around the stars so that the star shapes can be sufficiently recognized. 

Step 7

Wait until dry, and then remove stickers and tape. Removing the star stickers is especially fun.  It looks like a real flag now!

DIY 4th of July Shirt Tutorial

What an amazing t-shirt for the 4th of July holiday.

Kids love wearing personalized shirts especially when they can help make them.  

Our Experience With This American Flag Craft

I have all kinds of good memories from the 4th of July as a child. Everything about the day is a celebration- the food, the fireworks, the family get-togethers. 

Fourth of July celebrations can be extra festive by creating these DIY American flag shirts for the kids or the whole family. And so we did!

We were able to show off our American spirit with these American flag shirts. We celebrated the United States Independence day wearing these. We went to the parade, we had a BBQ, and even went and saw fireworks in them.

Everyone had something kind to say about our U.S. flag shirts that the kids made.

DIY 4th of July Shirt Tutorial to Make an American Flag T-Shirt

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Super easy tutorial to make your own custom American flag t-shirt with paint which is perfect for celebrating the 4th of craft for all!


  • White T-shirts (cotton seems to work best) – kids shirts can be found here & women’s shirts here & men’s shirts here
  • Piece of Cardboard (that will fit inside the t-shirts)
  • Masking tape or blue painter tape
  • Craft sponge
  • Fabric paint in red & blue
  • Star stickers


  1. Place a piece of cardboard in the t-shirt to separate the two layers.
  2. Use masking tape to section off the star portion of the flag and to make the white stripes.
  3. Use a craft sponge to paint (dab) the red stripes.
  4. Once the red paint has dried, pull off the tape and put new tape around the outside of the star section of the flag.
  5. Fill the start section with star stickers.
  6. Dab with blue paint making sure you get enough paint around each sticker so you can see the outline of the stars.
  7. Wait until the blue paint is dried and then peel off the star stickers.

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Let’s celebrate America!

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How did your 4th of July t-shirt turn out with the American flag?


  1. Thanks, Lindsey! I hope your family has a good one this year!

  2. Katey, this activity is AWESOME. How great and easy. Plus the result is a really fun design. I love resist painting, especially with little kids involved!! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Marnie. I agree- resist painting is wonderful with littles- so many dramatic possibilities.

  3. What kind of paint did you use?

    1. I used TulipArt soft fabric paint. But I if you happen to just have acrylic, that will work fine too- it will just be a little stiffer.

      1. Thanks! I am going to try this 🙂

  4. My boys, ages 5 & 9 and I are making these over the weekend for the 4th this year. One for each of them and for their dad and I. Can’t wait. Thank you for the fantastic idea…

  5. My two oldest children and I made these today! We love them! Thanks for such a great idea! I was just wondering if we need to heat set the paint at all?

    1. We didn’t heat seal the paint, and have already put them through the washer and dryer a couple of times- no problem!

  6. We appreciate you linking up in our Crafty Showcase! This shirt is a lot of fun! We love your tutorial-very helpful to visualize those steps! It is so fun to see you bringing the kids into your projects. You will be tweeted, facebooked and pinned today. You are being featured on our blog. Feel free to stop in and get the Feature Friday Badge.

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  7. Thank you for the tutorial. We don’t celebrate the 4th of july here but we love american flag. That’s an idea to do on a pillow.

    1. A pillow is a great idea! Especially if you use the soft fabric paint so it’s not scratchy.

  8. Danyel Soulier says:

    Hey there!! I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this wonderful project. My kids (9 and 8), absolutely LOVED doing this! Every year I buy a 4th of July shirt for my kids, it’s just something I like to do, ha! This year, money is a bit tight and I figured you know, we could make this totally awesome shirt that my kids would have so much more memory of doing then going out and just having them pick one. The shirts turned out AMAZING and both my kids are thrilled to have them. In fact, we made them about a week ago and both wanted to wear their shirts immediately!

    So yes, once again, THANK YOU :). If there was a way I could post a pictures, I would. Just so I could show you how happy my kids are and how cute the shirts came out 🙂

  9. Thanks for sharing. Love these.

  10. What did you stick the stars down with?? So that you can take them up after?

  11. How long does the paint take to dry? I won’t have blue paint until Monday, and I have a Cemetery Memorial to be at by 9 or 10:30 am. Want to make this shirt for my son to wear to the Memorial.

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