DIY Minecraft Shirt
If you’re the parent of an adolescent child, chances are you’re familiar with the game Minecraft: the open-ended “sandbox” game where you construct and play in elaborate worlds. Players can chose one of two modes: (1) creative mode, with unlimited supplies, health and the ability to fly, or (2) survival mode, where players will have to “mine” for supplies, maintain health and fight off hostile mobs such as zombies, spiders and creepers.
While this pick-you-own-adventure video game is reminiscent of the boxy 8-bit games of yesteryear’s childhood, this is no Oregon Trail. Minecraft is super involved and options are virtually limitless. Players can make intricate buildings, use strategy and combine materials to make new ones.
My 5yo downloaded Minecraft on the iPad about 3 months ago. A first, he was a little discouraged as he literally dug himself a hole he couldn’t get out of and nervously awaited Creepers and Zombies. However, he slowly grew more curious and forged ahead in creative mode. Today, he’s anxiously awaiting the update to Minecraft – Pocket Edition that boasts it’s “biggest update” yet.
We just picked up the Essential Minecraft Handbook and we’re absolutely loving it. I’ve been reading it with my son and he’d been getting absolutely jazzed about it. He’s so interested in the game and I love letting him explain it to me as the book walk through different subjects.
DIY Minecraft Shirt
While we recently tie-dying some old white t-shirts, I decided to have my son try to create a monochromatic greenish-yellow design on one of the shirts. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but thought the subtle variation of green colors would greatly resemble to colors of the infamous Creeper on the Minecraft game. In the spiral pattern, I alternated green and yellow tie dye. You can check out the complete tie-dye tutorial here.
- Green/Tie Dye Shirt
- Creeper Face Template
- Black Fabric Paint
- Paint Brushes
- We began with our green tie dye shirt.
- Next, I blew up an image of a Creeper face I found off the internet and printed it to use a template. I cut out the image and traced the image on the shirt with a pencil.
- Using a small paintbrush, I used black fabric paint to over the pencil outline. Next, I used a larger paint brush to fill in the remaining space.
- Allow fabric paint to dry for 48 hours.
Did you spot Steve in the pictures above?