I painted them with acrylic craft paint and did a lot of the details with waterproof markers, then finished them with a coat of matte Mod Podge. I learned a lot doing these and would definitely do some things differently next time (like waiting for the paint or mod podge on the heads to dry completely before picking them up -- I had to redo a few things because I was so impatient).
I let the boys tell me what they wanted on their shirts. Sam, lover of all things learning and super excited about the approaching start of the school year, requested an A+. I also gave him "distressed" jeans, because he had just told me he thought those were cool.
Joshy wanted a silly face on his.
Eliza got a cute pink princess-y dress in front...
And a super-hero cape in the back, because that how she rolls...
I mod-podge book paper on for my dress, then painted on the yellow cardigan and turquoise flower.
Dan has recently developed an affinity for plaid shirts, so that's what he got.
I'm not the only one who loves them, either. Eliza plays with them pretty much every day -- I'm always finding them in different configurations, as though they are in the middle of a conversation or on some adventure together.