How many times have you accidentally splashed some bleach on your shirt and so mad when the little white spots started to show up right away? Yep, I’ve done that a time or two. I have also had random stains show up on some of my favorite shirts and thought they were gone forever. I mean, I can’t wear a shirt with random splashes on it.
I found a good way to repurpose the shirt and create something unique and a lot of fun. The shirt I created at the top of this page is for the 4th of July, but really these could be created easily for any season or holiday….or every day. You only need a few items and a short amount of time to get your own personalized, stenciled shirt.
My kids are making these for the 4th of July as well. Although I won’t have them spraying the bleach (you KNOW that would be a bad idea), they will be helping place stickers and watching me spray.
- Shirt (you can use an older one or a cheap one from the store)
- Stickers (I couldn’t find stars so I created my own using contact paper)
- Spray Bottle
- Cardboard or something to put between layers of shirt
- Newspaper or something to protect area that you use
- Place stickers on your shirt where you want your design. As I said above, I couldn’t find star stencils so I cut stars out using contact paper (I used star cookie cutters for a stencil). You could use shapes, letters, whatever.
- Place cardboard or something between shirt so the bleach won’t seep through. I used wax paper because it was too hard to cut a piece of cardboard to fit my tank top.
- Protect the area you are going to be spraying on with newspaper or something. I used some brown paper something or other that was used for packing. It really doesn’t matter as long as you protect your work area.
- Mix your bleach in your spray bottle using 1 part bleach to 1 part water.
- Spray your shirt with a mist, covering all areas. You won’t notice a change immediately…but give it a minute or two and you’ll see it change colors.
- Flip the shirt over and spray the back, if you’d like. I had my design go from the front to the back, so I sprayed it all.
- When you see it change to the color you’d like, remove stickers and rinse in cold water. Throw it in the dryer.
- Wear with pride! The areas where your stickers were should be the original color of the shirt and the rest should be much lighter.