5 Hand Decorated Shirt Ideas for DIY Designers

Is your child's favorite movie The Devil Wears Prada? Do they dream of one day attending the Met Gala? Or do they just like to draw all over their clothes? Then this list of DIY shirt designs is for them! Unleash their inner Marc Jacobs and encourage their creativity with these fun, imaginative, and easy-to-setup projects.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Acrylic Sunprint T-Shirts

    Make printed T-shirts powered by the sun! Paint your shirt and place objects on (while it is still wet!) The sun heats up the parts of the T-shirt that are uncovered, but not the parts that are blocked by the objects.When water gets hot, it starts to evaporate, turning from a liquid to a gas. The paint starts to dry, and the water starts to evaporate on the uncovered parts, but under the blocks, it stays wet. As the water evaporates from the T-shirt, water and paint from under the blocks moves out into the dry areas, like how the dry edge of a paper towel picks up spilled juice (or some other image). Eventually, all the paint gets drawn out from under the blocks, leaving you with unpainted shapes on a painted background. 

    This project is best on a hot sunny day with little wind. To get the sharpest prints, use objects that lie flat around their edges.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Red, White and Blue Tie Dye T-shirt

    Tie dye is so much fun! It's so easy to customize for any theme—just change the colors. We made these to wear on the Fourth of July!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Bug T-shirt
    Bug T-shirt

    (Ages 1-5)

    For this project, use fabric paints and some recycled goods to create a super cute bug print t-shirt.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Polka Dot T-shirt

    Turn a plain old t-shirt into a polka dotted statement piece! All it take is some time, fabric paint, and your polka music playlist of choice.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Fingerprint Flowers

    It's so easy to make flowery art with fingerprints, and there's no reason to limit these pretty flowers to paper. Make a pretty gardening vest! Or a book bag! Or a series of tiles for the wall.

    Whatever you choose is sure to be lovely!


Get inspired!