Maker Monday: Let’s try screen printing

Welcome to another Maker Monday activity, Kidsburgh families! We are happy to bring you this free creative activity – a “Let’s Try” video, created by our friends at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. This week’s project will teach children the art of screen printing.
As with the embroidery project we introduced you last April, this new project requires an item you may not have at home: an embroidery hoop. These are available for just a few dollars at Michael’s, Joan or through Amazon. All the other materials are stuff you probably have.

You’ll find all the details on the materials and instructions here, and you can follow the video below to learn each easy step. A note to the child makers: please work with a parent or caregiver on every project and always be very careful when using tools of any kind.

Maker Monday materials you will need:

  • embroidery hoop
  • an old pair of tights or stockings (lower part only)
  • the scissors
  • newspaper
  • a pen or marker
  • thick paper or card stock
  • textile paint or screen printing ink
  • a piece of corrugated cardboard cut to 2 inches by 4 inches
  • an old/empty gift card or an expired credit card


  • Take your embroidery hoop apart and place the bottom half in the bottom.
  • Place the top half of the embroidery hoop over the bottom and pull the fabric into the hoop.
  • Cut the top part from the bottom, so that there is an “open” side. (see video)
  • Using your hoop as a guide, draw a large circle (larger than the hoop) on a piece of newspaper and cut it out.
  • On this newspaper circle, draw a design you want to screen print.
  • Cut out your drawing. You make a stencil: the cut area is where the ink will pass! (see video)
  • Place the newspaper circle with your cut design on your card stock.
  • Place your screen on the newspaper and card stock.
  • Open your ink or paint and use the cardboard to scoop a thick line of it onto the bottoms above the drawing.
  • Next, take your old plastic card and carefully but firmly swipe the ink over the entire design.
  • Carefully remove the screen and the newspaper stencil from the paper.

Do you want more fun at home doing beautiful things? Learn more Maker Monday Videos of Kidsburgh and the Children’s Museum.


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