D.I.Y. Screen Printing





Introduction: D.I.Y. Screen Printing

Once you start screen printing your original designs you won't want to stop.

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Step 1: Pick Out Your Design

First, pick out the design that you want to use and print it out. Make sure it's the right size.

Step 2: Hoops and Fabric

Now, get out your embroidery hoop and fabric of choice. Make sure a thinner woven mesh fabric is used.

Step 3: Stretch the Fabric.

Now, stretch the fabric over the inner hoop and place the outer hoop over the fabric and inner hoop. Make sure the fabric is pulled tight through both hoops.

Step 4: Placing the Image

Place the hoop over the image with the fabric facing down. You'll probably want to tape it to ensure it does not move around.

Step 5: Tracing the Image

Trace the outline of your image onto the fabric with a pencil.

Step 6: Mod Podge Time!

With a paintbrush, take some Mod Podge (water resistant glue) and paint all the negative spaces of the outline with the fabric facing up. Let it dry completely. This may take a while.

Step 7: Prepping the Shirt

After your screen is dry, get out your shirt and place a piece of cardboard in the middle. This will prevent the ink from bleeding through to the back.

Step 8: Placing the Screen

Now, place your screen on the part of the shirt you want to screenprint with the fabric facing down. Make sure you secure the screen with some weights so it doesn't move.

Step 9: Screen Printing!!!

Next, take your fabric ink and "glop" a little on the screen. Then use a piece of cardboard to spread it around, making sure that the image is completely covered. Once covered SLOWLY peel the screen off of the shirt.

Step 10: Iron the Shirt

Once the shirt has completely dried, get out your iron and set it to medium-high heat. Place a piece of paper over the print and iron for about two to three minutes. Be sure to rinse the ink from the screen before it dries.

Step 11: You've Just Screen Printed!

Congratulations! You've just finished your screen printed shirt.


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Questions & Answers


I did not understand the basics of how screen printing worked even after watching videos and wow! I really wanna try this

This technique is awesome and affordable! I used an old picture frame and it works awesome too. Although its not interchaneable with another screen, there a hundreds of cheap frames at the thrift stores waiting for good use! This is my favorite skill yet! THis is a shirt I made for our business!

thanks for the awesome

thanks for the awesome and easy tutorial!

Nice Pictures. I really like this pictures. And if any one want more variety of

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Can the templates be reused? If so, about how many times? Thanks!

Get a non-steam iron - cheaper and more eco than dryer. I wonder if leaving in a closed tincan in the sun all day would do it too, in a hot climate,

I'm trying to help a local artisans' group start up a screenprinting business in Africa. This DIY for making the actual screen looks totally do-able with local materials, but I'm wondering if anyone has tried printing on t-shirts with plant-based or other natural dyes so that we can keep it local and not have to import dyes? I've seen the "red dirt shirts" on Maui and thought that might work. Also, there's no Hobby Lobby for several thousand miles. Any advice for a DIY Modge-Podge replacement? Cheers.

Get yourself on Pinterest! I've seen loads of recipes and homemade tutorials for Modge-Podge on there. Be warned though, Pinterest is very addictive! :-D