DIY: Screen Printed t-shirt

April 30, 2014

screen printing diy

Since Tila is from the rare bunch of kids that don’t enjoy drawing and crafting too much I try everything I can to make it fun for her. It’s amazes me how good of an artist she actually is even though she does it so rarely. Her drawings are amazing.
So the last day I came across this genius DIY on homemade screen printing and I thought it was a great encouragement for her. I was right – she loved it, especially the outcome – a t-shirt with her own drawing printed on.

screenprint 1_2

It’s super simple and you probably have most of the things you need already at home: Mod Podge, Fabric Paint or Martha Stewart’s all-purpose acrylic paint, paint brushes, embroidery hoop (you have tons on Ebay), panty-hose, permanent pen, a piece of clothing you want to print on and of course a design.


1. I used one of Tila’s drawings (it’s a rabbit obviously) and had to scan and resize it first to fit the hoop

screen print

2. Mount the panty-hose fabric into the hoop and trace the drawing with the permanent pen

screenprint 3

3. Now using a Mod Podge paint the negative space (the space that you don’t want to be painted)! Let it dry for a few hours and take a good look at it by pointing it towards the window or some sort of good light to check there are no gaps or holes left unfilled! Let it dry for a few hours or best over night.

screenprint 4_2

4. Lay the loop flat and put a piece of thick cardboard underneath so the paint doesn’t leak through. Squirt a generous amount of paint over the design and spread with a flat paintbrush.

5. Slowly and carefully lift the hoop off and let the paint dry completely.

Isn’t it simple? And the outcome is absolutely amazing!

Ps. I have washed the frame and the fabric under cold water and it looks like new – none of the glue washed off! I think I’m going to use it again

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  • Reply Mom minimalist fashion April 30, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Really great DIY!


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