Spray painting using a toothbrush

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Meira was asking about some gift ideas to surprise her hubby with some DIY stuff. And I remembered this project done 4 years back [ Sorry for the bad pic]

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Thats Lil P just 20 days old…. What I want you to focus on is that white tee that I had spray painted.
Hand prints spray painted on a T-shirt
    1. White T-Shirt [Even black will do]
    2. Cardboard to be placed between the t-shirt layers
    3. Newspaper to cover the floor
    4. Chart paper for the handprint cutout
    5. Scissors
    6. An old toothbrush
    7. Fabric colors – Red, Orange & yellow. [ or Blue+ Green + Yellow]


  1. Cover the floor with newspapers (Secure them with cellotape, if possible)
  2. Trace your hands on a cardsheet. (you can try it with ur child’s hand too)
  3. Carefully cutout along the outline to have 2 holes for hand prints.
  4. Staple the card sheet to the tee shirt so that the only exposed part of the t-shirt are the handprints.
  5. Now dip the old toothbrush in water.. lightly squeeze all water out.
  6. Cover the surface of the tooth brush with red fabric color [ darkest color first] .. Make sure the color is not too watery and not too dry either.
  7. Now with the brush facing the t-shirt, lightly rub your thumb against the surface. you can see that red color is sprayed on the T-shirt.. cover the lower 1/3 of the hand print completely.
  8. Wash the tooth brush & cover the middle 1/3 of the hand prints with orange  & the top with yellow.
  9. Let it dry completely (1/2 hour minimum)
  10. Remove the card sheet to reveal Hand prints spray painted on a T-shirt.

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  1. This is a nice idea πŸ™‚ We hd done it for Dad once πŸ™‚

    Li’lP looks so sweet in the pic πŸ™‚
    My eyes were only on her til I remembered the post ws on DIY and spotted the tee πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  2. Lovely pic! πŸ™‚ Your baby looks like an angel.

    You are a marvelously creative woman. Loved that idea. Not sure whether I got it correctly but I’m gonna try it out .. !!! & I know whom to contact henceforth for innovative gift ideas.

  3. It’s a cool idea πŸ™‚
    I’d have blatantly copied it had the in laws not been around πŸ˜‰
    Now I’l go for the designing T-shirt idea πŸ˜€
    But the pic is so sweet πŸ™‚

  4. @Meira: The printed Tee also look really cool! I’ve got cups, calenders, teeshirts, keychains, mouse pads printed and gifted to many ppl πŸ™‚ Next time (or on ur aniv) u can try the other Tee idea.
    @EC: Actually now that i look at the pic, i am liking it more. I have tiny hands, n after spray painting the prints looked huge n i was not very happy with the result. Now, I don’t have the time to make such stuff. πŸ™‚
    @Swaram : I’m sure ur dad must hav saved it till now!! Hubby dearest wore it n then one day it disappeared.. anyway he wore it n it was fun making it πŸ™‚
    I miss those days soooooo much.. Lil P is a darling. πŸ™‚
    @Lostworld: She looks like that doesn’t she.. n she was born 1 month early too!!

  5. Wow, this is such a cool idea.
    My husband’s B’day is also in Oct, I’;ll probably involve my lil son in this project. I am sure he’ll enjoy it too.
    BTW: Very cute pic of lil P πŸ™‚

  6. Nice one, looks good. You are totally into the crafts thingy, I’m so lazy in this area. I just got a photograph (of hubby and Aashna) printed on a black t-shirt for my hubby’s B’day through an online website.

  7. have spray painted a lot as a kid , never thought of it on a T though ..will make one for Aryan now with his hands only ..some day πŸ™‚

  8. @dilSe : Do share the pic..
    @TPL : Thnaks. She was soooo chubby chubby as a baby.. Miss those days of holding her in my arms constantly..
    @SG: Just some fun ideas..
    @Priyanks: Gah!! I was soo into these things before Lil p was born.. Now I get T-shirts printed too! πŸ™‚
    @Swati: Ya! It’ll b fun. I’lltry other fun ideas with Lil P’s hand prints and we can both try it out πŸ™‚
    @Shruti- Cool! Waiting to see ur version of the same technique.

  9. first time on your blog…your blog is great! This is a great idea! I have used toothbrush for painting but not tried like this.