Create Your Own Design: How To Stencil T-shirts

Let’s face it, there are some shirts that are really expensive and out of the budget. Or your class may need to have a bunch of science t-shirts for an upcoming quiz bee but your class funds won’t be able to afford the printing. 

Well, no need to worry. Bring out the artistic in you with DIY t-shirt printing. You can actually come up with a super easy DIY shirt that will satisfy the desired style and design you want or what your class needs. Let’s get started. 

How To Stencil T-shirts

To do your own stencil t-shirt you will be needing the following:

  • Stencil of your design
  • A t-shirt
  • A stencil brush
  • Fabric Paint
  • Cardboard / shipping box
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Pallet
  • Piece of cloth/paper/paper towel
  • Flat Iron

Steps To Stencil T-shirts

  1. Stretch your t-shirt unto the shipping box / cardboard. But don’t stretch it too much. Spray the adhesive spray to your stencil designs, this will help the stencil design stick temporarily to your shirt for you to paint the design easily.
  1. Get your pallet and pour the amount of fabric paint you will be needing for your design.
  1. Grab your brush and dip it into the paint and brush it circular to your stencil design. Make sure to do the painting in one direction to have a satisfying result.
  1. After painting the design on the t-shirt, gently remove the stencil from the shirt. You don’t need to wait for the paint to dry before removing the stencil.
  1. Dry your shirt. After removing the stencil, let your shirt air dry.
  1. Wash and dry design for future use. While waiting for your shirt to dry, grab the stencil design you have used and wash it with running water. Hang the design to dry and you can use it again and again.
  1.  When the paint on you shirt is totally dry, grab the piece of cloth and put it above the painted design. Let your flat iron heat with the highest temperature without the steam support. Iron your design gently for about a minute. Make sure that all parts of the design are iron to permanently leave the design on your shirt.
  1. After the 7th step, your shirt is now ready to wear. This stencil shirt may be washed without ruining the design you have painted on it.

Now, you don’t have to spend too much for a T-shirt. Just grab your stencil design and your plain shirt and start painting that design! This is a very easy and less expensive DIY you may share to your friends.

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