Disney Cars Craft Project – Make Tire Track T-Shirts!

Make Tire Tracks T-Shirts

We have more Cars 2 fun today with a craft project. This is a fun way to liven-up a boring plain t-shirt. Your kids could even wear these to go see Cars 2!  Using a small tire, such as a lawn mower replacement tire or a wheel from a large toy dump truck, you can leave striking patterns of tracks on your “plain ‘ol” T.


Make Tire Track T-Shirts

• Newspaper
• T-shirt
• Cardboard
• Wooden dowel or long handle wooden spoon
• Small replacement tire or large toy truck wheel
• 2 rubber bands
Black fabric paint
• Paper plate
Foam brush

1. Cover your work surface with newspaper or a drop cloth.

2. Place the T-shirt flat  and place a piece of cardboard between the front and back layers to prevent the paint from bleeding through.

3. Insert the dowel/spoon handle through the center of the tire. If the handle isn’t thick enough to keep the tire from sliding back and forth, wrap a rubber band around the wood on each side of the hub.

4. Pour some fabric paint onto the paper plate. Use the foam brush to apply paint to the tire treads all the way around.

5. Now have your child take a practice run or two by rolling the tire across newspaper to see how the prints look. Once he/she gets the hang of it, apply more paint to the tire, and you’re ready to print tracks on the shirt. Print a pair of tracks, like the ones on the shirts shown here, or cover the shirt with a crisscross of prints.

6. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before removing the cardboard. Then heat set the paint according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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  1. Hi! Great minds think alike. Without seeing this post I thought of the same idea. I’m facilitating my church’s VBS this year and need to make race car themed shirts. What specific tire did you use and what fabric paint did you use? I’m trying to stay as economical as possible bc we have a small budget. Thank you!

    • Hi, Dallas. Our friends at Disney provided us with this craft a couple of years ago, so I don’t have the exact details. But, I think you could use any toy car tire that has an interesting tread mark on the bottom. I would recommend just checking at a thrift store or garage sale for toy cars to keep the price down! I have used Tulip fabric paint in the past and it works well. Hope that helps!


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