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This week on Thread Heads, we take a look back at our first episode with a fun T-Shirt stencil and spray paint job. If you have any cool DIY projects like this one,send them in! send them in! And don't forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes!


 
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Step 1: Stencils

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First, with some poster board, trace a few designs. We picked crosses.

Carefully cut out the shapes.

Step 2: Dye

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Using a plain white T, you can make your own color by using some rit dye and boiling water.

Step 3: Spray Paint (Part 1)

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On one side of the shirt, use the left over poster board as a stencil and spray paint lightly to prevent the paint from bleeding.

Step 4: Spray Paint (Part 2)

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On the other side, use the cut outs and spray paint.

Step 5: Personalize

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Give your shirt a personalized look by cutting or poking holes, dying, and/or adding some cool stitching.
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jen leigh3 years ago
i believe this is a video on spray painting t-shirts. anyways, thanks for the tips ,. ive tried it before and it didnt work out so well, now i know what to do! great style!
sahmeepee7 years ago
To get a sharp edge (i.e. fine detail) on this bit, you can use some spray mount on the reverse of the stencil, smooth the tshirt out nice and flat and then press the stencil down.
Or, if you're only using your stencil once, you could cut it out of contact paper, and just stick it onto the shirt.
Guardians384 years ago
where can you get rit dye?
I've found it in grocery stores near the detergent section, but they usually have very limited color choices. you might want to check online or several different stores. they're pretty inexpensive ($3) for a box, but be sure to follow the directions carefully. I've dyed a white dress blue and white jeans purple and it's worked fantastically.
free05014 years ago
I have a shirt that I am going to try the spray paint idea on...my questions are what type of spray paint should I use that works best? How would I keep the paint from bleeding too much from the stencil so I don't get too fuzzy a look and finally...Could I use glo paint over the spray paint so I can have a glow effect at night? Any suggestions would help thanks.
Hexpigge5 years ago
By "lightly" you mean few times? How many actually? 
you could put some posterboard in the inside of the shirt.
I think 'lightly' means to hold the can far enough back from the shirt so that the paint doesn't soak through, but rather lays on top. You kind of mist it on until the color is as solid as you want it. I hope this was helpful.
sahmeepee7 years ago
I printed some designs onto plain paper, then laminated them before cutting them out to make them more durable. If your design is quite complex & fiddly to cut out it's probably worth the effort. For simple designs like your crosses I guess it'd take longer than just making the stencil again.
 An easier way to create a more durable design while allowing complex designs is to use Cardstock.  You can get it at any office supply store, its just a thicker style of paper that is similar to poster board.  Also if your design uses multiple pieces you can use Spray mount to keep them attached to the shirt without making it sticky.
I'm not 100% sure, but I believe in this video, he isn't holding/taping/adhering the stencils down in any way. They're made of posterboard and he's painting almost completely perpendicular to them so the paint isn't making them move around, plus, he's doing thin layers. It also doesn't appear to be the slightest bit of wind, which will help. I personally *love* using freezer paper. You iron it on, slick side down, to your fabric and it'll stay until you peel it off. It won't leave a single bit of residue, and there's no way your paint will bleed. Plus, it's cheap as hell!
I've got a question, is there a type of spray paint you use to do this with? I'd imagine if I use the normal stuff you would spell like paint (or worse) for a year :D
Sometimes people like the smell... lol
Killdoomkid6 years ago
Hey, I make spray paint t-shirts a lot but I still haven't figured out a more convenient way of making tiny stencils (like the ones in this photo) to stick without using my hands. Any suggestions? Is tape the best way?
Hey use blue painters tape, it is easy to shape rip and cut the way you want it :)! also easy to peel
Not sure if I get your question but I think you are asking is there a way to hold the stencil to the shirt without using your fingers? I move forward with that question. I use two different ways when this is necessary. 1. If it is for a stencil I am only going to use once(maybe a few times) and it is small enough I actually carve it out on 2 inch masking tape. The tape holds it pretty well and prevents bleedding pretty nicely. This method is also nice because you can stick the tape to the surface you are cutting the stencil on and you don't have to worry about the paper flying around like it does. 2. If its for a permanent stencil I use a fabric adhesive that holds the stencil to the shirt but will wash off later. I don't have any right now or I would give you a brand name, I am pretty certain you can find it at most art/craft stores. Taping down the stencil will also work but that will make it easier for paint to slip under the stencil. Hope this helped.
I spray my own shirts pretty frequently but I have always gone with white because the t-shirts that they sell at stores are way too vibrant(color wise) to go along with the more dirty spray paint feel. Anyway, the white is starting to get old and dying the white shirts had never even crossed my mind until i read this instructable. Gunna make some awesome shirts now! Great article, hope a mod gets rid of all this religious garbage clogging the comments...
A coat of spraymount, like 3M 77 spray, is good. Let it dry before you stick it down, so that the goo doesn't get into the fibers. It shouldn't leave any appreciable residue on the shirt.
Killdoomkid6 years ago
Harikikusari, I spray paint shirts all the time. To get the smell out just wash the shirt (once it is COMPLETELY DRY) with regular detergent and use fabreez on it or repeat wash if it doesn't get out the first time. Seriously, the smell is gone in under three washes, I promise. You can also soak it (when it is completely dry! I usually wait a few hours to be safe) in a scented soap along with fabreez (or something like it) for about an hour and then rinse it and dry and it will be fine. And if that doesn't work... well, after a while, you get used to it lol. Spray paint is easier to combat then one might think. :)
roflmao6 years ago
justice fan much?
are all christians supposed to follow all of the other chrstians? i have my own beliefs
EVERY ONE JUST NEEDS TO SHUT THE F*CK UP!!! QUIT ARGUING AND WATCH THE INSTRUCTABLE!!! NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR RELIGION ARGUMENT!!! SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You sound like you would like to discuss religion with me, in bold caps.
braylynn6 years ago
Hey, Does anyone have a clue how to find this Andrew Hanson fellow? website, myspace,facebook?
here you go :)

http://www.andrewhansonsf.com

www.myspace.com/ahfashion
Bro. Jones7 years ago
I must apologize for the strung out discussion on my part. I got on here originally because I had spray painted some shirts before I read this blog. I have had a couple shirts for more than 2 years and they have not faded noticeably. I suppose the whole statement that started this would assume that Biker Gangs are Christians because they wear the iron cross. Some people read or here some eloquent speaker and think they know everything. Then they go and argue with people who have studied the topic themselves for years. Technically Evolution is not even a theory because theories must be testable. I rest my case and will discontinue arguing with disrespectful people on here.
irrilia7 years ago
I also think it is a great way to reuse some old clothing items. I have some I was going to throw away because of a stain some place on the cloth...but what a great way to reuse an old shirt! Thanks!
budman03127 years ago
is that just normal spraypaint? or is it made for fabric/textiles?
lol.... what? o ya, this is an instructable on how to make t-shirts... I forgot...
this answers most of the cross argument, i don't its been on here before but i may be wrong
wiki entry for crosses
godmode7 years ago
It's a lowercase "t", silly.
yes.please stop.
it's ridiculous
and immature.
What's sad is that this was all started because of a T-shirt. Get a life people. =.=;;
Sweet shirt dude.
lazlow697 years ago
Not sure about the religious discussion below, but I just posted a quick instructable last night about doing quick and dirty spray paint stenciling for clothes, thought I'd share it here for another look / different angle.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Stencil-for-spray-painting---quick-and-fun/

Nice instructable, adding videos really make it a fun thing to get into, I should try that!
bikeradam7 years ago
Guys, he printed a cross on a tshirt. And now half the world is on his back. Give the guy a break, and stop arguing. Its totally pathetic.. Everything is racist nowadays.
i agree
puppetfunk7 years ago
How well does the Spray paint Hold Up In the Wash?
pineview7 years ago
pretty nice shirt if you ask me, i think im gonna try this myself. pfft i find it hilarious how people automatically assume this guy is a religious freak just because he made a shirt with crosses on it. its DIY
nobby_sk87 years ago
how many times can u wash it befor the spray comes off ? :S ps sweet t-shirt :P
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