Happy Canada Day!  On Canada Day, we proudly display the Canada flag in front of our homes, and wear red and white. A Canada Day T-Shirt is a must; but if you don’t have one? Make your own. This is a simple craft for kids just for Canada Day – a DIY Canada Day T-shirt. 

But the added bonus of this kids’ Canada Day craft is, it’s personalized, and can be kept for years to come as memorabilia. 

Looking for inspiration on Pinterest, I discovered the idea here on WorkManFamily. The author included step-by-step photos so take a look there if you need more help.

DIY Canada Day T-Shirt

All you need is a plain white t-shirt (you can buy at Michaels or in the underwear or craft section of Walmart or Target for under $10), a piece of cardboard for each t-shirt, red fabric paint, and a little help from mom or dad.

  1. Insert the cardboard inside each t-shirt so that when you paint on the front side, the paint doesn’t bleed through.
  2. Paint a red rectangle (or at least trace them for the kids) on one side of the t-shirt.
  3. Then paint your child’s hand or have them dip their hand in some red paint.
  4. Carefully, with fingers spread apart, press hand in the middle of the t-shirt, aligned with the rectangle.
  5. Then paint a rectangle on the other side.

The cute little handprint will act as the maple leaf for the Canadian flag.

Here is how ours turned out when we made them:

make your own canada day t-shirt

My boys will be wearing these again on Canada Day this year.

Craft for Kids - DIY Canada Day T-Shirts

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Craft for Kids: DIY Canada Day T-Shirts


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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