DIY 100 Sweet Days of School Bubblegum Shirt (2024)

Whether you have survived 100 days of at-home learning or 100 days at school this is a milestone worth celebrating! Commemorate the occasion with this quick and easy DIY 100 Sweet Days of School Bubblegum Shirt.

Many elementary schools celebrate the completion of 100 days of school by having their students create customized 100th Day of School shirts. Most of these shirts generally involve attaching 100 of any object to the shirt along with a clever phrase or saying.

When I asked my daughter what she wanted to use to create her 100th day of school shirt she said “Bubblegum!” Since gluing 100 pieces of bubble gum to a shirt wasn’t ideal I came up with the next best thing, a cute DIY Bubblegum shirt using DecoArt SoSoft paints.

What is the 100th Day of School?

The 100th day of school is literally the 100th day of the school year. Why is it important you ask? I wondered the same thing so I asked my sister who is a kindergarten teacher why the 100th day of school was such a big deal. She said that not only is it a milestone, but it is also a great way for them to teach various mathematical concepts using the number 100 in a fun and creative way.

Sounds good to me. Learning and fun, plus a craft activity…I’m in!

How to Make 100 Day of School Shirt

There are lots of ways you can make a shirt for the 100th day of school. You can add stickers, glue on plastic toys, or use my favorite method of paint.

Start by choosing something your kids are interested in. If they love frogs paint a frog on a shirt and glue plastic flies for a “100 Days Flew By” shirt. My daughter loves bubblegum and is always chewing it, so we decided to use that as our inspiration for her shirt.

I used my Cricut to cut out a gumball machine in iron-on vinyl. You can also paint the gumball machine directly on the shirt if you don’t have a cutting machine.

Once I had the design cut out and weeded I used the Cricut EasyPress to iron on the design.

Now, it’s time for the fun part. To add the gumballs to the machine we used the Martha Stewart Sponge Daubers and Decoart SoSoft Fabric paint.

DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint is my favorite fabric paint because it is the softest fabric acrylic on the market. It is permanent and requires no heat setting. Once dry, it is extremely soft and flexible to the touch. It adheres to all textiles and will not crack, peel, or harden even after repeated use and washings.

Simply dab the sponge in the SoSoft Fabric paint, place it inside the gumball machine and gently press down.

Continue adding different colors and sizes of gumballs until you have 100 gumballs in your gumball machine.

Here are a few tips to help make sure you get the best results.

  • Be sure to place a piece of cardstock or cardboard inside the shirt before you start painting.
  • Dab the sp0nge on a paper plate first to get rid of excess paint.
  • Use a small, medium, and large sponge and overlap each size to create a full gumball machine.
  • Keep a small paintbrush nearby so you can touch up and fill in any areas that need it.

Add a clever punny saying like “It’s Been a Sweet 100 Days of School!” Wear your new DIY t-shirt with pride and celebrate making it through 100 days of school!

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DIY 100 Sweet Days of School Bubblegum Shirt (15)

Prep Time5 minutes

Active Time15 minutes

Total Time20 minutes


Estimated Cost$10


  • White T-shirt
  • DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint - multiple colors
  • Martha Stewart Sponge Daubers
  • Paintbrush
  • Red Iron-on Vinyl
  • Silver Iron-on Vinyl
  • Cardstock


  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut EasyPress


  1. Use Cricut Maker to cut out gumball machine in red and silver iron-on vinyl.
  2. Use the Cricut weeding tool to weed the vinyl design.
  3. Use the Cricut EasyPress to iron the gumball machine to the middle of the T-shirt.
  4. Place a piece of cardstock inside the shirt.
  5. Dip the sponge dauber in the SoSoft Fabric paint.
  6. Place the sponge inside the gumball machine and gently press down.
  7. Continue adding different colors and sizes of gumballs until you have 100.
  8. Add a clever saying like "It's Been a Sweet 100 Days of School" to the shirt.

I’d love to hear what you would make with DecoArt SoSoft paint to create your 100 Days of School shirt.

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How to make a 100th day of school shirt? ›

This shirt is so simple to create. Just grab some foam heart stickers, a permanent marker, and your favorite-color tee. Once your stickers are in place, just swap out kindergarten for any grade or keep it simple and just say “Loved 100 days of school”!

What do you glue on a shirt for the 100th day of school? ›

Teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 2 seem to get into it the most with assignments for parents to help their children glue 100 cheerios to a page or 100 googly eyes to a t-shirt. What we did for the girls a few years ago was put 100 buttons on a t-shirt looking like gum balls in a gumball machine.

How to make 100th day of school? ›

100th Day of School Activities for Elementary Students
  1. Bring in 100 of an Item. ...
  2. Create an 100th Day of School Poster. ...
  3. Make Snacks to Commemorate the Day. ...
  4. Make Shirts With 100. ...
  5. Make a List of 100. ...
  6. Dress Up as an 100-Year-Old. ...
  7. Make Pictures Using the Digits of 100. ...
  8. Build a Structure With 100 Cups.

Can I make my own bubble gum? ›

What To Do. Mix 1/3 cup of gum base with 1/4 tsp of citric acid, 1 tsp of glycerine and 2 tbsp corn syrup. Microwave the gum base mixture in a microwavable bowl for 1 minute. Pour out 1/2 cup of powdered sugar onto a cutting board and make a hole in the center of the pile.

How to print school logo on shirt? ›

Grab t-shirt transfer paper, scissors, a pillowcase, a clothing iron, and a t-shirt. Place the pillowcase flat on a hard surface, laying your tee on top. Print your design on transfer paper, press it to your tee, and iron over the message for about 1 min, or as long as your paper's instructions suggest.

How many shirts should a 11 year old have? ›

Kids grow fast and we need to replace clothes quickly–so from a financial and sustainability perspective, it's important to buy less to waste less. A kid capsule ideally includes between 12-14 items of everyday wear. That means each season they need roughly 6 tops, 5 bottoms, and a dress for girls.

What do you write in a shirt on the last day of school? ›

Here are some ideas of what you could write on your friend's shirt on the last day of school:
  • "Farewell to high school, hello to the world!"
  • "Class of 20XX, never forget our memories"
  • "Last day of school, first day of the rest of my life"
  • "Thanks for the memories, high school"
  • "High school, it's been real"
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What do you wear to a 100 day celebration? ›

Traditionally, the baby will wear a Longevity Lock on the neck and wear something red for this special occasion. Some also wear special hats, bracelets, and anklets. However, in modern days, many parents choose not to go with traditional looks. 100 Days portraits have been widely westernized in styles.


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