Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bleachy Stenciled T-Shirt

Today is the hub's birthday, and as usual he wanted a homemade gift from the kids (last year we made him treasure rocks!). We always try to make something that he'll actually like - and not just because the kids made it. This year we decided to make him a shirt. Now we've bleached shirts before, and we've done freezer paper stencils, so we decided to combine the two techniques and make Dad a Bleachy Stenciled T-Shirt!

Shhhh! We haven't given it to Dad yet, so keep it a secret!

What You Need:
  • T-shirt (probably any color other than white would work)
  • Freezer paper
  • Pencil/marker
  • X-acto 
  • Iron
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
First, I had the kids decide what kind of shirt Dad would like. Since these are my kids, they thought a skull & cross bones shirt would be perfect. So on the freezer paper (shiny side down), Jack made his design. 

I then went over it with a marker to make it easier to cut out.

Then came time to cut it out. Normally I'd use an X-acto, but in typical Maggie Style I couldn't find it when I needed it. I had to use the kids' safety scissors. Trickier, but we made it work. Charlie decided he only wanted to make the letter "C", so we decided to roll with that as well.

 Once the stencils were cut out, I put a sheet of cardboard inside the shirt, then adhered them to the shirt by pressing the shiny side down. Remember not to go back and forth with the iron - just press down. Jack's skull & crossbones went on the front...

...and the "C" Charlie drew went on the back up by the collar, like a label!

I then brought the shirt into the bathroom (figuring that if if any room in the house could use a little extra bleach it was the bathroom!) and poured bleach and a bit of water into a small spray bottle. I then misted the shirt on and around the stencil.

Since our shirt was black the color changed pretty quickly.

We them mopped off the stencil with a paper towel and peeled it off the shirt revealing the awesome design!

Even Charlie's "C" turned out cool!

I then washed and dried the shirt to get all the bleach out.

We are thrilled with the results and can't wait to give it to Dad. Until then, Jack wanted to show you how cool it is!

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  1. what a fantastic idea! i've done a good amount of freezer paper stencilling, but never thought to try it with bleach! i'll be trying this for sure! :) lisa

  2. Wow, that looks so cool! And it doesn't seem to complicated.