Nothing shows Dad love like a homemade gift for Father’s Day. This restyled T-shirt is an easy DIY that’s fun for the whole family.

Plain purple T-shirtStep 1
Drop by your local Salvation Army thrift store to find the perfect shirt. Choose a plain T-shirt in whatever colour you like.

Purple T-shirt with heart on drawn itStep 2
Wash the T-shirt and gather your supplies: chalk, permanent markers (e.g., Sharpies), fabric paint and a sponge brush. Use the chalk to draw a design on the T-shirt, or skip this step and let your creative juices flow.

CardboardStep 3
Place the T-shirt on a flat surface. Insert a piece of cardboard into the shirt to prevent the markers and paint from seeping through the fabric.

Purple T-shirt with heart painted on itStep 4
Add your design to the T-shirt using the markers and fabric paint. Use the sponge brush to add the paint or spread the paint with your fingers. Try using cookie cutters to create a pattern on the shirt or stamp the shirt with your children’s hands.

Purple T-shirt says Step 5
Once you’re done, hang the T-shirt up to dry. After it dries, wrap it up and give it to Dad!

Denise Corcoran (aka Thrifty By Design) is an author, upcycler, community builder and workshop facilitator based in North Vancouver. She shares her enthusiasm for crafting and upcycling by facilitating “Crafternoons” throughout Vancouver. She is also a creative expert for The Salvation Army’s thrift stores. Find a thrift store near you at

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