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Picture of Make a stenciled shirt with duct tape.
If you're one of us special people who like to use duct tape for all the problems that come up in life or just don't have freezer paper (because for example you're poor, european, or both), this instructable will show you how to make your very own stenciled shirt with the help of duct tape.
 
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Step 1: Materials & Tools.

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For this project, you'll need:

1) duct tape
2) acrylic paint
3) paintbrush
4) a sheet of paper
5) cutter knife
6) pencil
7) shirt

For this particular design that I chose you'll need all of the above and:

8) soft spot for the 80s
9) a coin

Step 2: Shirt & Design.

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As shirt I chose a simple white singlet, but I recommend using smooth textiles that aren't necessarily fine rib. First of all, you'll need to think of a design. Preferably something with straight lines, easy to reconstruct with duct tape. The simpler, the better. You can find some black/white stencils at http://72.29.83.164/~stencil/stencils.htm
I chose a simple 3,5" computer disk, like I'm so cool.

Step 3: Stencil & Islands.

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Now recreate the design with the duct tape. Stick it onto the shirt and remember that the coloured parts need to be the uncovered parts of the shirt as you're going to paint over the duct tape stencil later on.

For the difficult parts (for example letters), draw them onto a pad with a pencil, so that you can stick a piece of duct tape over it and cut it out with your cutter knife (in case your duct tape isn't see-through, lay some duct tape out and draw directly on it!) If you don't have a cutter knife, a razorblade will do. If you're emo like me, you have plenty of them.
Kaiven4 years ago
Nice! This gives me ideas... Love it!
modcult7 years ago
Can this be cleaned in a washing machine? Or, is it necessary to wash the shirt in the sink with Woolite, etc.?
makepiesnotsense (author)  modcult7 years ago
In the long run, it'd be best to wash it in a program for delicates or handwash (usually 30°C or cold) if your washing machine has that program. That way, your shirt will last forever. Otherwise you can still wash it now and then in a normal program because acrylic colors are pretty resistant. And if the design was to wear down someday, it'd come off in pieces anyway and wouldn't stain the other clothes.
And remember, you can always repair it with more acrylic! (:
Whoa I replied to a 2 year post...
Chromatica5 years ago
Can you use spray paint????
makepiesnotsense (author)  Chromatica5 years ago
hmm...i suppose you could, but you would have to cover large parts of the shirt to avoid sprinkling. and well, spray paint tends to bleed so i suggest you better not. but really, the duct tape method always kinda allows for the paint to bleed through. good luck...
420moga5 years ago
nice epiphone :P:P
LindaLW6665 years ago
I really like it. Anything green, but not obscene.
NICE! Gotta do this, +1 rating. (added to favorites)
I really like this idea. I've used a lot of stuff to stencil shirts, but haven't tried this exact method. Just a thought about painting it: I also use acryilic paint (it's cheap, available in every color, quickly dries, and easily cleans up). I started using the foam brushes because they were about 1/2 the price of a lot of art brushes. I still mainly use them because I've had better results, and havne't had the problems with brushstrokes, etc that I've had with bristle brushes. I agree with most the comments, though, great instructable, and SWEET design!
makepiesnotsense (author) 7 years ago
yes, it's packaging tape. didn't realize it's not called duct tape as well. i have yet to try it with other tape for, as you mentioned, it has to be soft enough to not rip the fabric when pulling it off, yet it's got to be adhesive enough to avoid any leakage of the acrylic paint. permanent markers is a good idea too. Cheers!
Is it Duct tape or Package tape? I think duct tape (usually silver) would be a bit gummier and harder to use. This looks more like brown package tape from the pics... Good instructable though!
Yep... Definitely packing tape... But cool job!
definatley packing tape, duct tape would leave a crazy resedue and destroy the fabric
HamO7 years ago
Love it! well done.
IdahoDavid7 years ago
I would think you could also use permanent ink felttip markers, too. they make some of those with tips up to an inch wide. Lots of colors to choose from, too. Cool idea.