I Feel Like A Child (Playing With Crayons)

This method of printing a T-shirt is a bit involved, but it’s also pretty permanent (washable in cold water, hang to dry) and after a couple washes it gets soft (unlike acrylics). Now that I’ve done it once, I’ll definitely be doing it again.


  • Anything you want to print onto – I buy plain T-shirts for $9.99 for 4 in Chinatown
  • Crayons in the colour you want your design to be – in the video I used about 1 crayon’s worth of shavings for the “HOT” on my shirt
  • A cheap pencil sharpener
  • A toothpick
  • Parchment paper
  • Newspaper
  • A craft knife
  • Paper and pen (or more crayons)
  • An iron


  1. Peel the paper off of your crayons and use the pencil sharpener to shave the crayons down to a stub. Use the toothpick to unstick the sharpener when it inevitably gets jammed with wax.
  2. Draw the design or words you want to put on your shirt onto a piece of paper, and cut it out using the craft knife.
  3. Place the garment on a surface, and place a few sheets of newspaper inside it to prevent the wax from melting through to the back.
  4. Place the template on your garment. Sprinkle or arrange a single layer of crayon shavings over the holes in your template.
  5. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the garment, template, and crayon. Heat an iron and iron over the template, just long enough so that the crayon completely melts, just a few seconds. It will look like an utter mess and you’ll despair. But don’t give up.
  6. Leave the parchment paper on the garment for about a minute, until the crayon has cooled a bit. Then remove the parchment paper and template and behold your masterpiece!
  7. Allow the crayon to cool completely before removing the newspaper and trying on your garment.

One comment

  1. Think about toxic chemicals! Badly-made (evil) crayons can have all sorts of nasty chemicals in them…probably safer to go with a name-brand than ‘made-in-you-know-where’.

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