Quick & Easy 4th of July Handprint Flag Tee

Easy and adorable handprint flag t-shirts perfect for the 4th of July, any patriotic holiday, and all summer long! 

So…you want an adorable flag tee for your kids, but don’t want to spend a lot of time or money? I’ve got the perfect answer! This super cute 4th of July Handprint Flag Tee literally takes less than 5 minutes to make, and has all the red, white & blue goodness you’re looking for. Best of all, it features the cutest handprint ever, and ends up being a keepsake too. It’s SO quick, SO easy, and SO cute…you’re going to love it!

DIY Handprint Flag Tee

I absolutely love it! It’s perfect for all of your 4th of July celebrations, BBQs, parades, and firework shows, and you don’t need any special tools to make them. Just a little fabric paint, paintbrush, and a handprint is all you need to create this adorable handprint tee.

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I decided just to do the stripes right next to the handprint, but you can certainly keep adding them–two full stripes underneath the handprint–if you want to. I like it like this, but that’s one of the pluses for this project…you can really make it your own.

I just used a tee shirt from her closet that was just starting to grow out of, and I already had the fabric paint, so this was a totally free project for me–I love when that happens!

Don’t worry too much about getting the handprint exactly right.  Yes, you want it to look like a hand, but it’s those imperfections and smudges that make it real. You’ll love looking back and remembering the process and much as capturing their sweet little hands for the future.  

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Here’s a fun video tutorial:


  1.  Lay out the tee shirt on a solid surface, then place a piece of wax paper or cardboard (I like cereal boxes) in between the front and back so that paint doesn’t bleed through.
  2. Paint the bottom of the hand with blue paint–get a pretty good coat, not too thin, but not too thick.
  3. Place the hand with fingers slightly apart on the left hand side of the tee shirt, near the top.  Press the fingers and hand down gently to get a good imprint.  Remove the hand, and wash well!
  4. Use your foam brush or paint brush to add red stripes next to the flag, leaving the same width as the brush in between each stripe.  You can add stripes underneath the handprint  if you wish, stretching from the edge of the handprint to the farthest end of the other red stripes.
  5. Let dry completely.

That’s it! You’ve got an adorable Handprint Flag Tee for the Fourth of July!

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4th of July Handprint Flag Tee | simply kierste.com
4th of July Handprint Flag Tee | simply kierste.com

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    1. Just follow the directions on the fabric paint you choose! :) Usually it’s wash as usual–I turn mine inside out first.

      1. Perfect! I want to make 8 little baby onesies for my infant room. I wanted to make sure it was easy to wash for the parents. ❤

  1. Love all your ideas. I retired from our Maine VA hospital so I wore my patriotic Ts a LOT year round. I start around Memorial Day and go into July now! As I wore navy blue uniform pants for years, it was a great combo. Your little girl is adorable and a great model! We made tie dye T shirts the last day of Sunday school; bot the Ts when they were 2.50 and used the coupon on a LARGE dye kit at AC Moore. I like to have a stash of Ts ahead so when I find transfers, I am ready to roll!

    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! I love that you get to wear patriotic tees so much–that’s perfect for working at the VA Hospital. It sounds like the tie dye shirts were a hit, and you got such a bargain! I love that!!

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