Maker Monday

Maker Monday: Let’s try screen printing

Welcome to another Maker Monday activity, Kidsburgh families! We’re glad to bring you this free maker activity — a “Let’s Try” video, created by our friends at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. This week’s project will teach kids the art of screen printing.
As with the embroidery project we brought you last April, this new project requires one item you might not have around the house — an embroidery hoop. These are available for just a couple of dollars at Michael’sJoann or via Amazon. All the rest of the materials are things you likely have available.

You’ll find all the details on materials and instructions right here, and you can follow along on the video below to learn each easy step. A note to kid 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’ll need:

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


  • Take apart your embroidery hoop and put the bottom half all the way into the stocking.
  • Place the top half of the embroidery hoop on the bottom and tighten the fabric in the hoop.
  • Cut off the top part of the stocking, so that there’s 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 that newspaper circle, draw a design that you want to screen print.
  • Cut out your design. You are making a stencil: The cut out area is where the ink will go through! (see video)
  • Place the newspaper circle with your design cut out onto your card stock.
  • Place your screen on top of the newspaper and the card stock.
  • Open your ink or paint and use the cardboard to scoop a thick line of it onto the stockings above the design.
  • Then take your old plastic card and carefully but firmly drag the ink across the entire design.
  • Gently pull the screen and newspaper stencil off the paper.


Want more at-home fun making beautiful things? Check out more Maker Monday videos from Kidsburgh and the Children’s Museum.