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Minecraft is a fun and addictive game, suitable for adults and kids.  It's my daughter's favorite game currently.  Sadly, there's no official merchandise available right now, but Notch (the game's creator) has consented to the making of custom Creeper T-shirts.  I couldn't find a design-your-own site that offered the right colored shirt in kid sizes, so I decided to make my own.  It turned out to be quite simple.

We also decided to spice it up a little by adding black glitter to the Creeper's face, but if that's not your thing, just skip those steps.

Step 1: Gather your supplies

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A to-scale copy of your chosen design  (download a Creeper face here) (update: If the previous link doesn't work, try this one or you can easily draw your own on graph paper.  Just make sure to get the features proportioned properly.)
T-shirt (pre-washed)
Freezer paper (not wax paper!)*
X-acto knife or some other tool for cutting out your design
safe cutting surface
metal ruler/straight edge
fine-line permanent marker or ball point pen, something that won't smudge easily
removable tape
black fabric paint**
something to put the paint and glue on (scrap freezer paper will do)
stencil brushes (a sponge cut into cubes could work too)
ironing board
pressing cloth or parchment paper

If you want a glittery design, then you'll also need:
fabric glue
black machine washable glitter

*  Why freezer paper?  You can buy packs of self-adhesive stencil paper at craft stores, but it's rather pricey at about $9 for just 10 sheets whereas a roll of freezer paper is 50-75 square feet, costs around $5, and can be cut to different sizes. The drawback to a freezer paper stencil is that it can really only be used once.  Be sure to get freezer paper, not wax paper. Freezer paper has a dull side and a waxy coated side. Wax paper is coated on both sides.

**  You can use regular acrylic craft paint and mix it with a fabric paint medium, but that adds an extra step to the whole project, and the little bottle of fabric paint was inexpensive.

It would be nice to make a this before my B-day I love to creep up on people and scaring them so this is the perfect T-shirt!

Really good execution. No underpaint whatsoever.

DalilahS7 months ago


I'm throwing a minecraft party for my daughter in 2 weeks and I would love to do these for the goody bags, while this is a great tutorial I'd be making around 15 shirst so I'm trying to find an easier way. Do you think I could do iron on transfer paper and then glue and glitter for the girls?

I found a tutorial on Pinterest to do it with iron on...that's what I am doing. I'm just here looking for a stencil.

DalilahS7 months ago

Another question. Do you think I could just use this?

mrmath4 years ago
Could she possibly smile and bigger?!??! Sooooo cute!
HMice mrmath3 years ago
I totally agree! Such a cute smile!
cmurph3 years ago
are you allowed to use fabric markers
Pamela (author)  cmurph3 years ago
For drawing the Creeper face? Yes, you certainly could, but I think fabric markers would be more likely to bleed and wouldn't give as crisp lines as the stenciled fabric paint does.
cmurph Pamela3 years ago
oh... i dont want that, what type of store has fabric paint...anyway
HMice cmurph3 years ago
Most art stores supply fabric paint.
Great job! I want to make on real bad... Or do I want to go play mine craft more?? hmmm ;-)
amedberry4 years ago
I just made this and it turned out beautifully! Thanks for the tutorial!
JBowmanDIY4 years ago
would it make a difference if i ironed the stencil on or not?
Pamela (author)  JBowmanDIY4 years ago
Yes. If you don't iron down the stencil, you won't get a crisp edge. The paint will seep under the paper too easily.
L_L_L_L234 years ago
Awesome! I can see it now...
"Hey Patrick! What's with your shirt?"
Dumchicken4 years ago
gunnu make this for my brother(he loves mine craft)
Rybka304 years ago
paperclip324 years ago
Stenciled this on my longboard.Not using your method,though.Just a can of spray paint.
miky20084 years ago
What else can you use instead of freezer paper? :P
Pamela (author)  miky20084 years ago
I've heard of people using self-adhesive label sheets, but those would be more expensive than freezer paper, and since the labels are much thinner it would be easier for paint to bleed through the paper. They also don't stick to fabric very well.

You can buy blank stencil sheets for working on fabric, but they're more expensive. I think they can be used more than once though.
Arbitror4 years ago
Good ol' Minecraft! Great job on the stencil!
Manch424 years ago
This is so cool!!
Kiteman4 years ago