Introduction: Framing a T-shirt (on the Cheap)

So I have this t-shirt that I love, thing is it’s getting to the point where the silk screening is starting to peel of. It wouldn’t be long before it all peeled off completely if I kept wearing and washing it. I didn’t want to throw it away and I didn’t want it to sit in my closet unseen. Since I’ve also been looking for things to fill the empty walls in my room I decided to frame the shirt, my first thought was to use a jersey display case to show the whole shirt in all its glory; I found out though that jersey cases are quite expensive to expensive for a t-shirt I paid $15 for. I had several ideas; however most of them were in overkill zone. Then while at Target (getting shaving supplies) I came across an acrylic box frame that I thought might work. Turns out the $3.99 acrylic frame worked quite well, I need to learn to take more pictures during the process of something like this but it’s pretty simple.

Step 1: Materials Needed


  • Acrylic box frame - I got mine at Target for $3.99
  • Masking tape
  • Razor blade
  • Scissors

Step 2: Process

  • The frame I got (conveniently) came with a cardboard insert, a box that fit inside the frame to hold the picture in place. Since I wasn't going to put a picture in the frame I cut the top off of the box insert (used masking tape to hold it together) to allow space for excess t-shirt.
  • I fitted the t-shirt over the box insert - this part took the longest, getting the shirt centered on the insert. Before I put the shirt in the frame I used a lint roller to remove any, well... lint from the shirt and cleaned the inside of the frame using Windex and an old cotton t-shirt.
  • Once the t-shirt was in the frame I stuffed the remaining shirt in the back of the frame and used masking (two layers in separate directions) tape to cover the back to hold it all in. Using a razor blade I cut the excess tape from around the edges.
  • Poked a hole through the masking tape for a nail.
  • Hung on wall
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