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I LOVE this DIY Project!

You can create your own design from
magazine clippings, photographs, or anything else you can think of using!

Step 1: What You Will Need

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What You Will Need:
Iron-on Transfers (Found at any Office Supply Store)
Sheet of Printer Paper
Hard Surface to iron on
Mod Podge or Elmers Glue
Magazines, Photographs, etc.

If you do not have a scanner you can do this project with a photo/design from the internet. If you choose to do this skip down to the step where you print your design.

Light Colored Shirts need Iron-on transfers for Light Fabric
Dark Colored Shirts need Iron-on transfers for Dark Fabric
*Iron-on Transfers for Dark colored shirts are more expensive*

Step 2: Lets Begin

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If you are making your own t-shirt art
Start Here:

Make a collage on a piece of printer paper.
You can use magazines, photographs, or anything else you would like!
Use Mod Podge or Elmers Glue to secure your creation to the paper.
Do not over saturate the paper!
Use just enough adhesive to keep the
picture attached while you scan it to your computer.

Step 3: Print Your Transfer

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Hook your computer up to your printer.

Lay your collage face down and scan it to your computer.

NOTE: You will need to reverse your image so the picture/words face the right way when you iron on your collage.

Open Paint. Drag and Drop your Photo into Paint.
Click Control+R and choose Flip Horizontally
Save Image.
It should look backwards compared to your original image.

When you are ready print your image on the transfer paper.
Lay your Transfer paper face down and print your image.
(Please read the directions that came in the Iron-on Transfers packet since each printer is different)

Step 4: Prep Your t-shirt and Cut out your Transfer

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Iron your shirt so there are no wrinkles on it.

Cut your design out. Leave little or no space around the design.

If you leave a white border around your design it will show up on your shirt.

If you do not want a white border cut close to your design when cutting it out.

Step 5: Iron on your Transfer

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Lay your design face down.
Make sure it is centered or exactly where you want it to be when you are finished.

Iron on your design.
Set Iron to Cotton Setting
Make sure you iron the edges and middle really well!
(Again, check the iron-on transfer instructions to see how long you should iron your design)

When you are finished, allow the transfer to cool (2-3mins)
Then, slowly peel the transfer starting from the bottom.

Allow design to cool.


This is another project that you can get as creative as you want with!

Come Back Soon!

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kashelu3 years ago
I was just looking at screen printing the other day to create my own shirts but didn't want to spend the couple hundred dollars for all the supplies. Thanks! I totally didn't think of this!
This is why i looked it up i never thought of it either!!! I was surprised when i seen it!!!
So this is all of it!?! Wow! I wanted to create only 2 shirts 1 for me and 1 fir my friend on the vampire diaries and i ddint want to spend like $50 and i had to order about 6!!! And i thought it was stupid!!! So now i can do these and just send em in the mail quicker! Thanks so much!!!
Silver LP 2 months ago

I am going to try to cover a whole dress with newspaper clippings using this technique :) Hope it works out

Gymnastics1004 months ago

does it have to be a white t shirt??

HomemadeisBetter (author)  Gymnastics1004 months ago
Hey there! It doesnt have to be a white shirt, but the end result will look better with a lighter colored or white shirt. Have fun!

Hi Cool tutorial I will share in pinterest if ever need plain t shirts at visit www.occasionprints.com

brifodera1 year ago

will this work on morph suits

olivenizzle3 years ago
lovin thisssss
am I missing something? I like the shirt, but is this really just an instructible of how to do an iron on t-shirt?
HomemadeisBetter (author)  TJSonOfAnder3 years ago
Well, Yes and No.

This tutorial shows you how to turn a collage you made into an iron-on for a shirt. I also added how to put the iron-on on the shirt to make it a complete tutorial.

Thank you for looking!

tcoimbra3 years ago
Hipsters... eheh just kidding! It's very nice.
Wonderful!!! Thank you :)
Very cute! I love iron on transfers.