I am so excited to share this next craft with you – it’s such a quick and easy way to customise a plain t-shirt, and create something that looks really cool. I was inspired by DIY YouTuber Annika Victoria who was re-creating a look by clothing designer The Left Bank.
As you will be working with bleach for this particular craft, make sure you are in a well ventilated area, and as you are spraying a bleach solution, ensure that it is safe to do so and that you don’t have any pets or children running around that could get in the way! I would strongly recommend that you wear gloves, and stay safe when doing this craft.
For this DIY, you will need:
- A plain coloured t-shirt – I chose black.
- Liquid Bleach
- Thick Cardboard
- Thick paper or white card
- Double sided sticky tape
- A spray bottle, preferably one that can do a fine mist as well as a more concentrated spray.
Let’s get started!
- Create your design! I suggest that you start with something simple, I went for the Mickey Mouse Logo – simple and yet would work well with this technique.
- Using the cardboard (I used the back of a sketchbook) create an insert to put inside the T-shirt without stretching it too much. This will create a barrier so that the bleach solution doesn’t go through to the back of the T-shirt.
- Cut out your design stencil, and stick to the T-shirt using double sided sticky tape. Make sure the edges are down and the design is lying flat.
- Mix up your bleach solution. I tried two mixes, half water and half bleach, and all bleach. I couldn’t discern much difference, but I think you could create some cool patterns with different solutions.
- Set your spray so that it is a mist, rather than a more concentrated spray. This means that you will get a more delicate distribution of the bleach.
- Spray the T-shirt! You can wait until the bleach develops before adding more spray where needed. DO NOT remove the design until the bleach is dry, and make sure to gently dab off any bleach solution from the stencil. You need to be careful that the bleach doesn’t smudge or that you get any unwanted bleach marks!
- Wash, and you are ready to go!
I hope you have fun with this DIY! Share your own designs in the comments below, I’d love to see what you make! I’m excited to try this particular DIY with different coloured t-shirts, as well as possibly using fabric dye to amp up the designs! I wore my T-shirt with a pair of 1940’s style high-waisted Collectif Jeans.