Tuesday, December 6, 2011

* Dad's Homemade Christmas Gift Surprise! "Back Massage" Shirt

Shhh....this project is a surprise.
My husband is under strict orders to NOT read my blog post today!

The girls and I always try to make a gift for Geoff that is useful as well as creative. 
This year, while trolling Pinterest, I came across
an image of a back massage t-shirt and knew it was the perfect
kid-made gift for daddy this Christmas.

You draw a map on the backside of a t-shirt and the kids
drive cars all over daddy's back to give him a "massage" 
I predict there will be lots of giggling Christmas morning.

provided templates but we like to do things our own way.

We raided one of Geoff's white t-shirt style, 100% cotton, undershirts.
Then, we folded up some newspaper and put it inside to keep the ink
from bleeding through to the front of the t-shirt.

We thought about using fabric crayons or markers but decided to use what was in the house
and it's probably not going to be worn or washed that much anyway! 

So, we got out our permanent markers.
I marked off some roads and "E" got to work adding the yellow dotted lines. 

Then, both girls colored houses, a coffee shop,
parking lots, a football stadium (On Wisconsin!), a playground and traffic lights. 

So many fun details.

They named it "Dad-Ville" 

After all of the details were in,
we put it in a gift box with some new Matchbox cars. 
The idea is that Geoff will wear the shirt and lay down on the floor
while the girls drive cars all over his back! : )

We had fun working on it and I know their daddy is going to love it.

Happy Homemade Gift Making!

For more homemade gift ideas, 

pink and green mama


dannyscotland said...

That is really cute and funny, too!

brooke said...

I am glad to see that a rainbow made it on the shirt! What a cute and sweet idea. Love it.

Shannon Lee said...

CUUUUTE. Great idea! We are so doing this.

Candace @Naturally Educational said...

So adorable!

blessedintexas said...

This is such an amazing idea! Dad gets a massage, we can reuse an old shirt that was bound for the trash, the kids can totally make it, and I save a few bucks on a present. Love, love, love it!

danita said...

ah-dorable! i'm gonna make one b/c hubs specifically requested no presents and the kids will get a kick out of this!!

momphotographer said...

That is incredibly creative idea! LOVE it!

Simply. Splendid. Living. said...

What a FANTASTIC and FUN idea! Thanks for coming up with it and sharing!

Alicia C. said...

We're making this. Three, in fact! Thank you!!!

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Shauna said...

What an absolutely wonderful present for a Dad. I know my husband would love this homemade gift from his daughters. Your creativity is amazing MaryLea and it is so fun to see how you have passed your artistic talents onto your daughters. I just wanted to let you know that I just posted your giveaway for your amazing "Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make from the HeART Lesson Plans" on my blog. Thanks again for participating!

Madeline and Breanna said...

I saw that on pinterest too! I love the idea, and Go Bucky Badger!

Madeline and Breanna said...

I saw that on pinterest too! I love the idea, and Go Bucky Badger!

Deborah said...

Oh this is so fun!! I love it!

Toddler Approved said...

Love how this turned out. I have been wanting to make one of these and now that you showed how simply it can be done I am actually going to try!

rachelle | tinkerlab said...

that's brilliant,marylea! your husband will be so thrilled!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Too funny! Very inventive idea!

Anandi said...

Awesome!! What a brilliant idea.

Angee @ Sunshine in my life said...

I made one for my hubby but love the idea of the girls coloring it themselves. Maybe next year when they're a little older.

Monkey's Mommy said...

I think the best part is one of your girls is wearing her "indian getup" while making it...how fun is that...We will have to try this next year

girls t shirts online said...

This is so cute! I love reading all about your sewing ideas!

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