Add glitz to your garments with Simply Screen Foil & Glitter Adhesive, a washable, nontoxic glue that lets you decorate clothing with glitter. Though the manufacturer sells an accompanying Simply Screen Silk Screen Glitter, craft tester Nicole Blum has found that regular fabric glitter works well too (we used Tulip brand). Plaid also sells foil sheets made for use with this glue, which Nicole tested with less-than-satisfying results. We say stick with the glitter and use homemade freezer paper stencils to give new sparkle to a T-shirt or a pair of high-tops.
(Available from PLAID, $4, at craft stores or at plaidonline.com)
To make a stencil, lay the freezer paper over the owl template and trace it, including the eye and beak details.
Use a craft knife (parents only) or scissors to cut out the body (A on the template). Iron the stencil onto the shirt, shiny side down, making sure you get a good seal. For a more stable surface, turn the tee inside out and iron a piece of freezer paper to the back of the area you plan to embellish, then turn the shirt right side out.
From the freezer paper owl, cut out the area around the face and beak (B) and the eyes (C). Position these pieces on the shirt and iron them in place.
Using the foam brush, coat the spaces inside the stencil with a thin layer of the adhesive.
Generously sprinkle glitter on top. Shake off the excess glitter, then let the glue dry (about 2 hours). Follow the directions on the glue to heat-set the shirt.