Our DIY Glue Batik T-Shirt project is such an easy and fun idea for kids of all ages (grown-ups too!). This would be such a fun summer t-shirt craft to make with both little kids and teenagers alike. My 8 and 11 year old kids had a blast making these shirts. If your kid is old enough to draw a straight line, then they can make this t-shirt craft!
Kids also like our Fun DIY Stamped T-Shirt project. It’s another easy tshirt project for kids!
The key to making a DIY Glue Batik T-Shirt is Elmer’s Blue Gel Glue. You MUST use this glue in this t-shirt project for it to turn out right. You will also probably need to set aside two days to make this batik shirt, because you’ll need the blue gel glue to dry completely before dying it in the color of your choice. 100% white cotton works best when selecting a t-shirt to use so the dye will set properly. It’s also a great idea to only let adults or mature older children do the dying process. This would be a fun shirt to make during a party or sleepover with a bunch of kids.
DIY Glue Batik T-Shirt
- 100% cotton white t-shirt
- 1 package RIT dye
- 1 gallon very hot water
- 1/4 cup salt
- Elmer’s blue gel glue (NO substitutions!)
- Spray bottle with plain water
- Foam board or something waterproof that you can slide your shirt over
First, slide your white t-shirt over something waterproof such as a tote lid. Alternatively, you can use foam board.
Spray front of shirt with water so it is wet.
Using Elmer’s blue gel glue draw a design of your liking. Some ideas a shapes, zig-zags, and quotes. Allow to dry completely–this may take as long as 24 hours.
Remove shirt from foam board or waterproof barrier.
Follow the instructions on your RIT dye package. Ours called for 1 gallon of very hot water mixed with 1/4 cup of salt and the dye package.
We added our shirt to this mixture, stirred to completely soak shirt in dye, then allowed to sit for 30 minutes in the dye.
Rinse with cold water.
Run in washing machine on cold cycle and then dry thoroughly in dryer. Enjoy your new custom DIY Glue Batik T-Shirt!