Wear Your School Colors


"Rah! Rah! Rah!" Three cheers for your school. Show your loyalty by creating "spirit wear." Use Crayola Fabric Markers to decorate hats, hair ties, shoelaces, T-shirts—any clothing or accessories you choose.


1. How can you show school spirit? Create your own team-wear on any fabric, such as shirts, hats, or even vests. Here are a few ideas. Before you decorate any clothing, be sure to ask an adult for permission.

2. Design a Hat. On paper, use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils and your imagination to sketch a design for your hat. Use your school mascot, logo, or initials to create an original design. You can add stars, your name, or your class graduation year, too. These colored pencils erase easily, so try several possibilities.

3. Place white paper under your hat. Use Crayola Fabric Markers to draw your design on the hat. Air-dry the hat overnight before wearing.

4. Spiff Up Shoe Laces. On paper, sketch a design for your shoelaces. Use dots, dashes, squares, triangles, stripes, curves, squiggles, blocks, or check.

5. Place paper under the laces. Use the Fabric Markers to draw your design on the laces. Air-dry the laces overnight before putting them in your shoes.

6. Decorate Hair Ties. Sketch a design for your hair ties. Use dots, stripes, swirls, checks, hearts, stars, moons, flowers, or any pattern you like.

7. Using Crayola Scissors, cut a rectangle of plain, light-colored cloth about 4 inches (10 cm) by 6 inches (15 cm). Place paper under the fabric.

8. Use Crayola Fabric Markers to draw on the fabric. If the cloth is heavy, design both sides. Air-dry the ties overnight.

9. Fold fabric in half lengthwise. Holding fabric on the fold, cut strips up, but not through, the fold, to form fringe.

10. Open the fringed material and scrunch it together in the center to form a bow. Tie it securely around the center with string or a rubber band. After the marker dries overnight, you’re ready to wear your ties in your hair.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Costumes & Masks— CAUTION: When children wear hand-crafted costumes and masks, make sure the crafts do not obstruct the child’s vision, hearing, or impede movement. Do not use feathers, fabric, or raffia on wearable costumes and masks because these items do not pass costume flammability tests. Wearable masks are those held in place on the face with elastic, yarn, or other materials. Keep away from open flames.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • If needed, assist children with special needs to cut fabric or make the hair tie bows.
  • Decorate a T-shirt using fabric markers in school colors.
  • Decorate a gym bag or tote bag with your school logo or mascot.
  • Create cloth book jackets to enhance school projects or book reports.

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crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Fabric Markers
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • white paper
  • string
  • shoelaces (white)
  • painting shirt
  • fabric (white)
  • hat



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students recognize the importance of loyalty to their school.

  • Students learn their school colors, mascot, logo, song, initials, and/or slogan.

  • Students demonstrate school spirit by creating colorful "spirit wear" with articles of clothing or accessories.


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