Next week is Read Across America Week, celebrated along with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. My boys’ school always does fun themed days for this week. Literary dress up days, usually with a Dr. Seuss character dress up day.
While you can of course buy costumes or Dr. Seuss themed t-shirts, I tend to go with more budget-friendly ideas and make my own. When it comes to crafts, I only go with the easy ones. Simple stencils, paint, felt, glue. Nothing fancy here. If that’s your speed, too- or even if you’re far craftier than I, but need something last minute- I have some ideas for you.
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday T-shirt Ideas
The simplest- a star-bellied Sneetch. Yellow t-shirt, draw a star on the belly in pencil, and use fabric paint to paint a green star. Or you know, blue paint because that’s what you have on hand and it’s the same general idea. You can find t-shirts in all different colors for around 2 for $5(and sometimes less) at Michaels or Hobby Lobby (be sure to check their sites on your phone as they both usually have mobile coupons for even more savings). Fabric paint is just a few dollars.
For a split second, I considered not even bothering with the stars and having the boys go as Sneetches without stars on thars. But I figured the stars made it a little more obvious that they were dressed as Seuss characters and not just as kids who like the color yellow.
Last year, one of my boys requested a Lorax t-shirt. Orange t-shirt, light orange felt for the eyebrows and mustache, pink felt for the nose, big googly eyes, and fabric glue. I attached the eyes first and then used them as a guideline for the size of the felt pieces- which I drew while looking at a picture of the Lorax, since they’re pretty simple shapes. Cut and then glue them to the tee. He’s probably wearing this again this year.
This last Dr. Seuss t-shirt idea is one I saw a friend post on instagram last year on Dr. Seuss’s birthday and I saved it as something I might want to try. Lisa from Two Bears Farm created this adorable Wocket in My Pocket. It looks like you could do this with felt, fabric glue, and a Sharpie (I’m saying Sharpie for where she sewed- though her sewed version looks far more polished than what I would do with a marker, it would still look cute). You could pin it to your child’s shirt, in their pocket.