Searching for something cute and green to wear so you don't get pinched next Tuesday? Why not make your own adorable headband for that touch of flair! We hand printed a t-shirt and turned it into a stylish head wrap! Here's how:
You will need: large white t-shirt+OIL based ink in green+pre-made clover stamp OR Speedball Speedy-Carve block and Speedball lino cutter+scissors+brayer (ink roller)
Step 1: Cut off the bottom seam of your shirt and put it aside. Next, cut a 6-7 inch strip of t-shirt fabric from the bottom of your shirt. It should look like a small infinity scarf.
Step 2: If you have a pre-made four-leaf clover stamp already, you can skip this step. If not, take a pencil and draw a four-leaf clover onto your Speedy-Carve block. The clover should be 2-2.5 inches across. Take your Speedball lino cutter and carve around the drawing, leaving the shape of a clover left for your block stamp. You can cut off any excess block with the scissors or an exacto knife.
Step 3: Roll out your green OIL based ink (we like Speedball brand) onto a hard, nonporous flat surface with your brayer. Make sure it isn't too thick! You just need a thin layer.
Step 4: Put your t-shirt piece on a hard surface, such as a piece of cardboard. It is best to not let the t-shirt be folded or layered on top of itself as this could cause the ink to bleed (insert the cardboard in between the two layers of the fabric). Next, place your stamp on the ink and press down so the stamp is fully covered with ink on one side. Take the stamp and press ink side down onto the t-shirt - make sure you press on all corners and sides. Peel the stamp off of the fabric, and you have your first print! Make as many clovers as you like, working in a pattern all around the piece of fabric.
Step 5: Let your headband fully dry, at least 24 hours but up to 48 hours. To heat set the ink once it is dry, iron your headband with a piece of newsprint in between the iron and the fabric. Your new headband will be ready to wear and wash!
Step 6: Wrap the headband twice around your head. Wear it loud and proud!