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Custom T-Shirt Painting

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I am going on the Disney Cruise this summer with my 6 person family, so my mom thought it would be neat if we made our own T-shirts for "pirate night." Pirate Night is one night on the cruise when everybody dresses as a pirate, so we thought we would make our own costumes. Because it is the Disney Cruise, we tried to find a design that incorporated Mickey and as you can see in the picture, we found the perfect design. Painting on T-shirts by this method is easy and it requires no special skill. 

By using this painting method, you can make custom uniforms, shirts for a party, shirts for a 5k, and even shirts that are machine washable! Plus, it is much more fun to paint your own shirts with your friends than pay much more money and wait for them to come in the mail.  I hope you enjoy making your own T-shirts!


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Step 1: Materials

You will need...

* Any color fabric paint
* Any color plain T-Shirt
* Reynold's wrap freezer paper

Tools

* Hair Dryer
* Iron
* Xacto knife
* A paintbrush

Step 2: Print the Design

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First, cut the freezer paper so it is 81/2 " by 11" to make it fit in most printers.  You can print pretty much any design you would like, as long as it can fit on your freezer paper.  When you print out your design, cut out the areas of the picture that you want to show up on the shirt with the Xacto knife. 

Step 3: Ironing

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Now, iron the Freezer paper plastic side down exactly where you want the design to be on your shirt, and get out your fabric paint.  The reason we use freezer paper is because when it is ironed, it sticks until you peel it off, and therefore, you are making a stencil.  Make sure you iron adequately so that the paper really sticks to the shirt.
neecyb1 month ago

I love it! I'm going to be making plenty of these...thank you for the easy tutorial

never knew it was that easy..thanks..
never knew it was that easy..thanks..
Chri5Dah11 year ago
This Is Perfect for when I Make My "Vote For Christian" (Vote For Pedro) SHirt! For Class Elections!
nicely done =)
Nick705872 years ago
How washable is the fabric glue? Will it start to show cracks after one wash like iron on pictures?
DoctorDv (author)  Nick705872 years ago
The design is on there pretty good, better than an iron on. Ours seem to be doing fine with the wash. Good Luck!

-Doctordv
Its a great idea. I need to make a couple of company shirts and screen printing seems too messy and time consuming for the limited number of items I need. Thanks for sharing.
omnibot2 years ago
Nice.
When I do this I use regular printingpaper and spray mounting glue on the back to get it to stick.
kathynv2 years ago
Love that. I am a serial tee shirt painter, and your method is a whole lot quicker than mine. Thank you and I am officially stealing your method for my next tee shirt painting session.
sunshiine2 years ago
Nice t-shirt! I could have used this tip on the t-shirt I made. You did a great job, thanks for sharing.