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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


July 31, 2004 - Issue 118


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Nature T-Shirts


These shirts are fun and practical. Not just for kids, either!

What You Need:

How To Make It

• Solid-colored T-Shirt
• Assorted natural objects (leaves, ferns, flowers)
• Rubber gloves
• Spray bottle
• Bleach
• Bucket
• Water

Step 1:
Lay the shirt outdoors on a hard, flat surface, such as cement, away from anything that might be damaged by bleach. Arrange the leaves, flowers and other objects in a simple design on the shirt. Only the silhouettes of the items will show, so objects with distinctive shapes work best. If there's a breeze, place stones on the objects to hold them in place.

Step 2:
This step is for adults only: Wearing rubber gloves, spray the shirt lightly with bleach around all the edges of the design. Let the shirt set until you see the color start to change—about 1 minute or so. Carefully remove and dispose of the flowers and leaves.

Step 3:
Submerge the shirt in a bucket of water and thoroughly rinse it. This stops the bleach from eating through the fabric. Put it through the washer and dryer, and your masterpiece is ready to wear. Note: Be sure to label the spray bottle, or empty and rinse it immediately.

Shirts in bright hues of pink, blue and green work best.

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