This morning as my youngest was getting dressed for school, I remembered that it was “dress up like your favorite character” day.  Of course, it was only 10 minutes before we needed to leave for school, and when I asked him what he wanted to be, he said “Superman!”

silly face

Well, I don’t have anything Superman related (not even pajamas!), so my mind went into creative mode to figure out what to do.  I needed something FAST, which meant I couldn’t wait around for paint to dry or to cut out intricate designs from freezer paper.

My first thought was Sharpies, but then it occurred to me that I might be able to use my chalk pens on one of his plain shirts to create a “temporary” shirt that will wash out in the laundry.  That way if it turned out terrible, I wouldn’t be out a perfectly good shirt!


I ran down to my craft room, grabbed a few of my chalk markers and googled Superman images.  I just used a ruler and eye-balled the design, and in five minutes he had a Superman shirt to wear to school.

The colored chalk pens worked, too, but on his black shirt, the red didn’t show up so well, which is why I went with the all-white design.

After I wash it, I think I’ll make it into a permanent Superman shirt for him with paint.

I hope this idea can help you out of a jam when you need a little last minute, and temporary, fix!



2 Thoughts on “Temporary T-Shirt

  1. i haven’t heard of chalk markers before….assuming they are found at our trusty neighborhood Michaels?

    • Rachel on May 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm said:

      Hi Liz!!! Michael’s or any other craft store carries them. You know that chalkboard art that you see everywhere on pinterest? Almost all of it is made using chalk markers.

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