Make Your Own T-Shirt Wall Art




Introduction: Make Your Own T-Shirt Wall Art

About: I am a conceptual artist, and my DIY projects are mostly inspired by pop culture (movies, music, sports, TV). I mostly specialize in painting, graphic design, drawing, digital photography, performance art, a...

Grab your old t-shirts of all shapes and sizes, and get creative with making your own wall art to cherish!

Step 1: Grab Your Materials

All you need to make t-shirt wall art are...

  • variety of old t-shirts (you can also find these t-shirts in most flea markets, thrift stores, or dollar stores where they sell nearly used t-shirts)
  • 12" x 12" canvases
  • scissors
  • staple gun

Step 2: Prep Your Shirts

Before you start this project, consider this tip. If you have t-shirts in your closet, pull out a few, look at them, and ask yourself this question: "Have I used or worn this in the past year?" If the answer is no, it's probably time to give it up. But, even better, if it's worn out, you're ready to use it for this project.

To make this project, you might want to consider ironing your shirts, so that they don't come out wrinkled in the finished product.

Step 3: Cover the Canvas

Lay out a 12 x 12 inch canvas, and fold over the t-shirt or nightgown you want to use. I find it best to cut the shirt by the corners to make it easy to fold over.

Step 4: Staple in Place

Then, use your staple gun to staple the shirt in place.

Step 5: Complete!

Now, all there's left to do is hang up and enjoy!

Step 6: Display

These are just some examples of t-shirts that I pulled out and made into wall art: Japanese Geisha / Dr. Seuss/ Neon Peace Sign Paint Splatter. I really love this project, because I found most of my shirts, and nightgowns either already worn out or too small for me to wear! It adds fun color and makes a great idea for bedroom decor for kids, teens, and adults alike!



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    6 Discussions

    Oh my gosh this gave me the idea of making a pillow case for my favourite pillow that is looking rather frayed atm.

    Love the canvas idea though I would also maybe try stretch two or three across the same canvas if their patterns matched and make a collage of sorts. Or even if their designs were completely different. Keeps it interesting! Great post :)

    love the idea.. will give it a try..
    waits for the t shirts..

    Yes, I love this idea! I know the that t-shirt but, it's grunged out. I copied your instructable because I have a t-shirt I want to save, but really can't use at this time. Thank you!

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    Of course. Feel free to give me credit, and do your own take on some of my Instructables. I have always recreated some projects here, and gave credit to the original authors, and that's what's really important. Also, when recreating some of my projects, make sure that you leave an image on your take, and click on I Made It! That will show that you've done the project, and that I would be the most honored! Thank you for your kind words and have fun!

    What a great idea! I don't have extra canvases, but I do have lots of scrap wood and thick cardboard that I will try this with. :)

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    That's what I was going to mention, but I forgot. Of course, you can substitute canvases for scrap wood or thick cardboard. How you apply the shirts to them, however, requires several different techniques. You could use hot glue to attach the shirts, but it would be messy. It all depends on your skills and ability. Have fun!