So I have this t-shirt that I love, thing is it’s getting to the point where the silk screening is starting to peel of. It wouldn’t be long before it all peeled off completely if I kept wearing and washing it. I didn’t want to throw it away and I didn’t want it to sit in my closet unseen. Since I’ve also been looking for things to fill the empty walls in my room I decided to frame the shirt, my first thought was to use a jersey display case to show the whole shirt in all its glory; I found out though that jersey cases are quite expensive to expensive for a t-shirt I paid $15 for. I had several ideas; however most of them were in overkill zone. Then while at Target (getting shaving supplies) I came across an acrylic box frame that I thought might work. Turns out the $3.99 acrylic frame worked quite well, I need to learn to take more pictures during the process of something like this but it’s pretty simple.
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Step 1: Materials Needed


  • Acrylic box frame - I got mine at Target for $3.99
  • Masking tape
  • Razor blade
  • Scissors
adunn19902 years ago
What do you guys think of this T-shirt frame? My buddy and I felt we had a similar problem as described here, so we made our own version (called tik tak tee) for a class project. Then realized that there weren't really any products like it on the market, so we've been making more and selling them to friends and family.
madamson3 years ago
You could always bring the shirt to a screen printer and ask them to make you some custom t-shirts based on that graphic.
mada (author)  madamson3 years ago
I doubt a screen printer would do that... Copyright laws being what they are and all
canida8 years ago
Neat idea! That sounds easy and looks good.
mada (author)  canida8 years ago
Thanks, I should note that the shirt I used was a medium size, for a larger shirt you may have to use a bigger (width/height/depth) frame to be able to stuff the rest of the shirt in the back.
Problem is I haven't been able to find a frame big enough. My shirt design is about 13" x 17".
Does anyone know of a coating or a way to preserve screen printing on tshirts? I have a bunch that I want to keep wearing....not quite ready to commit to framing them yet! Thanks
I read the comments about framing t shirts, and there's just one thing that people need to know. If you happen to have a t shirt that is valuable (i.e. signed by an athlete), you need to use proper archival materials. The masking tape and cardboard mentioned in some of the articles have an acid content and will eventually eat your beloved trasures! Be careful, and when it's worth something, seek a professional framer.
eadesu16 years ago
This is great. I have a t-shirt that I have been looking to frame forever but like you found conventional framing too expensive. With this I am going to frame more, especially my band t-shirts. Thanks for this!
mada (author)  eadesu16 years ago
Thanks eadesu1. Recently I re-did the t-shirt frame because the masking tape started to come off... so I used a shadow box frame instead. I haven't posted it here on .instructables yet but you can see it here on my site.
scmtngirl6 years ago
this is a great idea. i have some awesome vintage t-shirts that are falling apart but that are too cool to throw away.
mawwwm7 years ago
Great idea....i too have only thought of the expensive ways...and i had one of these frames i got at Salvation Army and couldn't think of what to do so i think i took it back after a cleanup frenzy...shoot!
bloodymess8 years ago
great idea! I have this wonderfull "nightmare on elm street" t shirt that shrunk; now I know what to do with it!
burkely8 years ago
What size was the acrylic frame?
mada (author)  burkely8 years ago
Good Question It's 8.5" x 11"