Introduction: Watermark T Shirt

Picture of Watermark T Shirt

Make this fun t shirt in just a few steps. I found this project on

You will need:
A plain white t shirt
Elmer's Blue Gel Glue (must use this type of glue)
Fabric Dye
A piece of cardboard or plastic to place in between your shirt

Step 1: Write or Draw on Your T Shirt

Picture of Write or Draw on Your T Shirt

Wet your t shirt thoroughly and ring out. Place your cardboard or plastic (I used a plastic garbage bag) in between your shirt so the Blue Gel Glue does not go through to the back of the shirt.

Write a name, a poem, a quote or draw a simple picture with the Blue Gel. Let dry completely...can take up to a couple of hours.

Step 2: Dye!

Picture of Dye!

Once the Elmer's Blue Gel Glue is completely dry, it's time to dye your shirt. Follow the instructions on your dye package.

The Blue Gel Glue should come off in the process. If not, once the shirt is "dyed and dried", wash your shirt and it will come off.



Facci Designs (author)2014-03-10

Hey WickedFabala! that came out great!!

WickedFabala made it! (author)2014-03-09

This technique works great! Thanks!

I love my shirt, although the fabric it was made of didn't hold the dye as much as I would have liked :/ but it's still a pretty purple.

[pic 1] the shirt coming out of the dye bath. [pic 2] the shirt hung up to dry (I put a box lid inside so it wouldn't stick to the back because I also wrote on the back) [pic 3] the back drying

xenamon (author)2013-04-15

Hmm. Maybe the outline of the text would be more defined if we used glue gun? What do you think? :)

Facci Designs (author)xenamon2013-04-16

well, it's a special glue you have to use so you would have to try to transfer that glue to a glue gun...that won't work.

I wonder if it would work with a glue gun, not sure the glue would wash away

Facci Designs (author)2013-04-11

Yes, most people think that's what this is.

laislabonita (author)2013-04-11

Nice i use candle wax as well it gives the same effect....i took this idea from batik tehnique!I melt my in slow cooker and then add in on a brush!It's a option 2!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-01-17

Nice! It's so easy to do and it really looks cute! You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!

Thank you so much. I took your advice and entered! Wish me luck.

feliica (author)2013-01-09

Love this idea. Cant wait to try it, just need to find the glue!

Facci Designs (author)feliica2013-01-09

i found it at Michaels Craft Store. Good luck!

Treasure Tabby (author)2013-01-04

Oo love this idea. Going to have to try this in one of my projects.

Facci Designs (author)2013-01-03

Thanks! Another idea that might be fun for kids is to have them draw a simple image on a piece of paper with a thick black marker or crayon and then place that paper underneath the shirt. You should be able to see the drawing through the shirt so you can trace over it with the glue. Working with the blue gel glue can sometimes be a little tough and this technique might be easier for kids.

BigRed1973 (author)2013-01-03

I can't wait to try this! I work as a Nanny, and I am always looking for creative things to do with the children. Thanks for posting..........

About This Instructable




Bio: I'm just a girl who likes to make things. Check out my blog at Thanks for visiting!
More by Facci Designs:Holiday Shadow BoxTwinkling Twig Candle HolderHerb scented placecards
Add instructable to: