Introduction: Spraying Bleach to Create Silhouette T-Shirts

I have way too many old t-shirts at my house. I was browsing Pinterest for ideas on how to reuse them, when I came across a picture of a cute little owl bleach-stained onto a brown t-shirt. Unfortunately, there was no tutorial for it. I searched for a couple hours, and I finally found a tutorial! But, alas, the result wasn't satisfactory with a regular household spray bottle. After many experiments, I found that an old Febreze bottle worked the best for me. It has a fine mist and it works well. My father recommended that I post this on Instructables, so here you go!

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this project, you will need:

  1. A piece of paper
  2. A pencil
  3. An old T-shirt
  4. A spray bottle with bleach inside (Not much is needed; a half a cup will do)
  5. Scissors (Not shown)

Step 2: Sketch Your Design

Draw or trace the silhouette onto the sheet of paper. If you try to draw features on your silhouette, they will not show up. I chose Sonic The Hedgehog for my design, but you can use any image you desire.

Step 3: Cut It Out

Cut very carefully along the lines you have drawn. What you have cut out will be the image on the shirt. It helps to turn the image over to see the image without pencil marks.

Step 4: Go Outside

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS PROJECT INDOORS!!!! You are using bleach, which stains many surfaces and damages skin. Bring all of your supplies outside.

Step 5: Stain the Shirt

  1. Test the spray bottle by spraying it away from the shirt (and you) until the mist is very fine.
  2. Aim the spray bottle downward in the middle of the silhouette about 10 inches away and spray 1-3 times.

Step 6: Wash

Wash your shirt with extra fabric softener to stop the bleaching process and to remove the smell.

Step 7: Proudly Wear Your Art!

After a wash cycle and a trip through the dryer, your shirt should be done. Brag to your friends about the wonderful piece of artwork you have created.

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