Introduction: Awesome Camp Half-Blood Shirt With Back Design.

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After 8 thrilling, hilarious and awesome years of the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series, it has finally came to an end on the 7th of October 2014, the final book of the Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus.

So, to pay tribute to this great story by Rick Riordan, I've decided to make my own Camp Half-Blood shirt design of what I've imagined the campers in the story would've wore.

As you can see in the pictures, the front design is the standard Camp Half-Blood letters and the Pegasus. The back part is my own design that includes the symbol and name of the camper's godly parent as well as it's Cabin number as stated in the book.

This instructable is for people who absolutely suck at Art and fails the subject in school every single year like me. Thus I've came up with a solution for people like us, which is to paint with templates!!!

For this instructable, I'll be showing you how to make Percy's Camp Half-Blood shirt, a.k.a. the Poseidon's cabin shirt. If you want designs of other Greek Gods mentioned in the Percy Jackson series, comment down below and I'll share the templates with you.

This is also my 1st instructable, so please comment on how I can make things better for you guys and ways to improve this design. Cheers!

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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  1. Plane orange coloured shirt. (Or any colour you wish)
    *Tip: Use lighter coloured shirts to give a better contrast between the black letters/designs*
  2. Black colour fabric paint.
  3. 3 Transparent A4 sized plastic sheets, or a transparent A4 files if you have some at home.
    *You can get the A4 plastic sheets from bookstores for a few bucks*


  1. Crafting knife
  2. Small brush tip painting brush
  3. A printer
  4. Cellophane Tape
  5. Blue Tac (Get the less viscous texture ones, I'll show you why later)

Step 2: Template

Picture of Template

Front Side: Can be found at step 7
Back side: Download the Microsoft Word file(at step 7) and print out both the papers on A4 sized papers as well.

Making the template
Front Side: Just place the transparent A4 plastic sheet over the printed paper and then secure them together with some cellophane tapes or blue tac. (Don't secure them too much, cos you'll need the plastic sheet later). Then, use a crafting knife to "cut out" the white inner areas following the INNER black outlines.

Back Side: First, join the 2 pieces of paper together by stacking the paper with the Trident above the 2nd POSEIDON paper, but with the POSEIDON paper overlaying the Trident paper. Now make sure that the Trident is 4.5cm above letters POSEIDON. Then join and secure the papers together with Cellophane tape.
You should end up with the 3rd picture.
Follow up by taking a transparent A4 plastic sheet and cut it accordingly to the top part(Trident) of the joint papers, AND add 0.5cm to the bottom part of your plastic sheet. Then take a second A4 plastic sheet and stick it with previous plastic sheet at the 0.5cm mark. After you're finish, you should end up with the same shape as the joint papers in the 3rd picture.
*Here's the extra part, for letters than have spaces sealed off like letter "O", "D", "B", "P" and "A", draw lines to "connect" the inner spaces to the whole paper/sheet. like the 4th picture.

Place the joint plastic sheets over the joint papers, align them then stick them together with cellophane tape/blue tac. Using the crafting knife again, cut out the black areas EXCEPT THE ONES INSIDE THE LINES THAT YOU'VE DRAWN.*

When you're done with everything, you should end up with templates like the last 2 pictures.

Step 3: Painting Time

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Before you start to paint anything, take blue tacs and stick them on the 4 edges of the back of the templates, next to the edges of the letters and the Trident. As seen in the 1st 2 pictures. This is to prevent accidental movement of the template and to make sure the letters are paint with as much precision as possible.

Front Side: Place the template on the upper middle area of the front side of the shirt such that the distance between the shirt collar and the TOP OF THE LETTERS CAMP HALF-BLOOD(not the top of the template), is 7.5cm apart. To ensure that it's in the middle, measure both the distance between the 1st and last letters, "C", "D", and the sleeves of the shirt. As shown in the 3rd picture. And make sure that both the distances are the same. Take a step back to make sure everything's nice and even. Once you're satisfied, you can start painting.

*Read through part 2(next step) before painting*

Back Side: Similiar to the Front Side, place the template on the upper middle area of the back part of the shirt. But this time, the distance between the tip of the Trident and the shirt's collar is 4,5cm. Make sure the distance between the letters "P", "N" and the sleeves of the sleeves of the shirts are the same, so that the template's in the middle. Take a step back again to check whether the template's slanting. Once you're done, start painting!

Step 4: Painting Part 2 - Filling Up the Gaps

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I would like to apologies beforehand, because I got too carried away with it that I've forgotten to take pictures of the shirt right after painting it with template. So please bare with me as I talk you through the process.

Front Side

After you've done painting the shirt with the template, leave the shirt for about roughly 10-15 minutes before removing the template to prevent the wet paint from smearing. Once you've removed the template, you'll notice that they're gaps within some of the letters and especially the wings of the Pegasus. These gaps have to self painted. So leave the shirt over night to dry and make sure you're not agitated or angry when you paint the gaps because you'll be painting them freestyle. Trust me, the end result won't be good if you're agitated and you'll only get more agitated in the end.
Follow the picture of this Pegasus and paint accordingly.

Leave the shirt to dry(NOT under direct sunlight) for 1 full day before turning it over to paint the other side.

Back Side

The steps are the same as the front side. And this time you can refer to the Microsoft Word file in Step 2 to paint.

Once you're done with painting, leave it to dry(again, not under direct sunlight) for around 1-2 days before moving on to the next step. So in the meantime, just admire your artwork. :D

Step 5: Ironing

Before you put on your shirt, you're gonna need to iron it to heat set the fabric paint.

Do this by placing a cloth over the painted areas, then set your iron to medium heat and iron the painted areas back and forth for 15-20 seconds.

Step 6: VIOLA (and Precautions)*

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Oh, and 1 more thing, here's what you should avoid doing to your shirt.

  1. DO NOT wash with softener, it'll affect the paint. How? I don't know and I don't plan to find out how.
  2. DO NOT scrub the painted areas too hard.
  3. DO NOT keep quiet while wearing this shirt. Seriously, you're wearing a badass Camp Half-Blood shirt... GO AND BRAG TILL YOU'RE HEART'S CONTENT.


Step 7: Extra Templates

So, instructables doesn't seem to like me a lot, thus I'll be posting all of the existing templates of other Gods/Goddess that I have at the moment because somehow I can't seem share the file in the comments.


Apologies once again, for not figuring out that I could've shared the files via Google Drive... All the files are in Microsoft Word Format.

Templates(including Poseidon & Pegasus) can be downloaded from ----->

They are:

If you'd like to have designs for other Gods/Goddess, feel free to comment down below and I'll try my best to design it for you :). But just keep in mind that my own personal designs are not the true symbol of the God/Goddess, you're always free to pick your own design, this is Instructable after all ;) .


XXXAshLeighXXX (author)2015-02-17

Ummm... Im going to kind of give a gift to my friends as a farewell gift so i was thinking if you can give me the template of hephaestus, hermes, athena, and hades... so.. thank you

Sure, no probs!! Your friend is 1 lucky person :)
I'll need some time to design Hermes's template. And uh, to avoid painting the shirt and then realising that it's slanted to the side, use a pencil to lightly draw out the letter/image outlines before colouring. (I just thought of it @-@)

Oh thank you so much! I made them and they are totally awesome!!!!! But can I have one last request? Please? Can I have the Artemis template? I am so sorry if I am incredibly demanding... But I haven't made one for me yet... and I was thinking about artemis being my godly parent. It''s okay if you can't give it to me... Thank anyway

I sincerely apologize for not being able to get back to you. Been really busy during the past few months. Really sorry for not getting back to you on the Hermes design, do you still want it? And it's alright if you want it, you're not being demanding :P

And here's the Artemis template, the other symbol I found looked like a biohazard sign :P Thanks for the support!

Hi @TheAwesomeZhongster,

It says that this is forbidden for some reason...I can't open the Athena Template...

Really sorry about that, but I've managed to share the files in Google Drive, link's in Step 7

Thank you very much! It's okay if you don't give me the Hermes design.... But these are awesome! Thank you! Really awesome!

I cant view ant of the template, it said the website was expired or something.

Sincere apologies, I've managed to saved the files into Google Drive, links are Step 7

Can you make a zuse one?

hermione_harris (author)2016-02-05

Hey, I loved your tutorial, it's real cool but I have a serious prob opening the templetes I want the Athena one could you please send it to me, my mail is

Really sorry for the inconvenienced caused, I just managed to to upload the files onto this site called Dropcanvas, which I've attached the link in Step 7 (including the Pegasus). I've also sent the file to your email already.

Thanks for the support! :)

Thanks, got the message, I'm just in the middle of it, thanks for this very good idea:)

TheAwesomeZhongster (author)2016-02-05

All files of the Templates, front & back, have been uploaded onto this Dropcanvas link:

Apologies for causing inconveniences and incomplete shirts since Oct 18 2014
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lovandula (author)2016-02-02

have you posted the templates on any other websites? instructables keeps telling me I have to buy pro to get the one template I want :'(

Waterking259 (author)2016-01-25

hello I would like the Poseidon design please

The file for Poseidon design's on the "2nd step" page :)

Ellaine FayeV (author)2015-10-20

Can't view the Hades template... could you please upload it again?? please??

Can you pm me your email address, instructables doesn't seem to like me posting files here for some reason. :/

Ellaine FayeV (author)2015-10-20

Could you do Hephaestus cabin back design??? please...

CardiacCaptain (author)2015-07-09

Thanks this design is amazing and simple to do :) I can't seem to view the Hades template though.. so my shirt is incomplete :( could you upload it again, please?

can I have the Hades and the Athea template please

TheAwesomeZhongster made it! (author)AnnabethChase5672015-10-13

There ya go, all the best!!

Sure no probs, and sorry for the late reply btw

yo_demigods (author)2015-05-21

Thanks,this is awesome! Pls,add Hades and Hephaestus template? :)

yo_demigods (author)yo_demigods2015-05-21


There you go, hope it turn out well!! :D

AngelinaS (author)2015-03-08

can you do a zues one

tardismaster (author)2015-01-21

This is SO COOL!


Djshore (author)2015-01-14

Hi my friends and I are all HUGE fans of the percy Jackson series and for their birthdays I wanted to make them all their own CHB shirts could you please try an Apollo Aphrodite and hades design really like the other designs btw

Thanks!! Your mates are really lucky to have an awesome friend like you man. :)
I've done Hades and Aphrodite designs before but not Apollo, I attach the Apollo template later once I'm done designing it.

And a little advice, Aphrodite, to me, is one of the most difficult ones to paint. Cos it has so many letters and the dove is a very intricate design(but it'll look super nice), so it's slightly difficult to paint than the others. Thus, it's better to paint the Hades design 1st to get yourself used to it.

thank you very much they look awesome and thanks for the advice can't wait to get started

I sincerely apologize for the late reply, been caught up with college work T-T

So here's the Apollo the design. Remember to link up the closed pocket areas inside the symbols/letters to the whole template. All the best!!! :D

It's fine I understand the work load and thank you very much looks great. Really enjoying the hunt for fabric paint.

prince.deus.soriano (author)2014-12-22

I got so interested in doing this project! I'm more of an athena fan though, so if you may please send me a template for cabin six (with an orange background). can you also share the font you used? thank you very much :)

(one that i can use for t-shirt printing[both the chb and the athena template], although i will also use the black paint technique for one of my shirts ;) )

Uh..... for that, I don't really know what kind of file is needed for t-shirt printing. Sorry D:

Sure! here's the link to download the font I used(to be integrated into Microsoft word).
And here's the Microsoft word. file for Athena's template. It should turn out like this :D

CharlotteM1 (author)2014-11-26

thanks! now im ready for my annabeth cosplay on wednesday!

Awesome!! But wouldn't it be better if you had the Athena design instead? I can post the design if you want :)

mackenzie.friend.33 (author)2014-10-20

can you do a design for the Hephaestus cabin plz?

Sure, no probs man. Just follow the same steps as the Poseidon one. It should turn out like this. :)

You a fan of Leo Valdez too? @.@

leo valdez is the best!

AdithyaS (author)2014-11-08


MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-10-18

Very nice stencil tutorital. Your final product turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

Nacho Drew (author)2014-10-18

Nice, I'm definitely doing this

Thanks man :D
Hope it turns out great too!!!

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