Hey Brassy Apple readers! I’m Kilee from ONE little MOMMA and I’m ready to share a fresh, fun AND easy DIY project with you today. This one is perfect for Spring and you probably already have the supplies needed at home. With Spring approaching I’m looking gearing up for tee shirt weather and my favorite kind of tee is a cool graphic tee. This tee was inspired by a tee by Madewell. I loved that they used the simple word ‘bien’ (which means good in Spanish), but I changed the font and made one for myself for a fraction of the cost.
To make this graphic tee you will need: a black tee, white soft fabric paint, a printer/paper, scissors and freezer paper.
The tee I used is from Everlane and it originally didn’t fit me quite right. Adding a graphic to a somewhat ill fitting tee is a great way to repurpose it and distract from the fit. I love this tee now that I have made it up with some paint!
Print out the word you want to use in the proper size. I used the font ‘Eight Fifteen’ in size 220. Next trace the word onto your freezer paper with the shiny side down.
Cut out the word from the freezer paper with scissors or a small blade. Then position it on the shirt and use a hot iron to press the paper down to the shirt with the shiny side down. The wax will soften and stick to the tee holding it in place for a perfect stencil.
Once it cools the freezer paper should be totally stuck to the shirt like a giant sticker. Next start painting over your stencil. With white paint on a black shirt it takes about three coats of paint to build up enough coverage.
Once the paint dries, carefully pull back the freezer paper. You should have a pretty perfect stencil of ‘bien’ across your shirt. Mine did not turn out perfectly- it bled a little- but it isn’t very noticeable unless you get close. Throw your shirt in the dryer for 20 minutes to set the paint and let it dry for 24 hours before you wash it.
And that is it! You will have a unique and fab graphic tee to add to your Spring wardrobe.