DIY: Superhuman T-shirt Bleach Dye Craft
I’m pretty sure that boys in general are big fans of superheroes. My youngest tells me he is his own superhero because he is a super human, but if he had to pick a favorite, it would be Superman. The oldest really digs Batman and has basically since infancy.
So today after a headache inducing trip to the pumpkin patch we came back home and made some shirts and it was really easy. Perhaps the boys are easily impressed, but I think that a few of you out there just might think they are pretty awesome, too!
If you already have freezer paper, this is going to be a really cheap project for you. If you don’t have freezer paper you need some anyway. Not only can you bleach dye you can also freezer print stencil. If you don’t know what it is, google it. I am officially addicted. I promise the $5 you pay for this roll will be worth it!
For this project you will need:
- 100% cotton tees (a poly blend WILL NOT work)
- superhero or other print out
- spray adhesive
- freezer paper
- x-acto knife and something to cut on
- spray bottle with 50% bleach and 50% water
- piece of cardboard (to put inside of shirt)
First things first. Find the image, logo, letter or other item that you want to appear on your shirt. You can browse online to find something specific like logos. Print them out the size you want them, then use spray adhesive to attach to the smooth (not kind of tacky/waxy) side of freezer paper.
Use the image on top to more easily cut out your freezer paper. Use your x-acto knife for interior cuts and scissors will work well for outside edges.
Place the sticky size of the freezer paper down on the shirt (be sure or you’re going to have a nasty stain on your iron). Use an iron set on cotton (with no steam) to set the freezer paper onto the shirt.
Use your fingernails to make sure that the freezer paper is stuck well. If not go ahead and hit it again with the iron.
Put a piece of cardboard in between the front and the back of the shirt to keep the back as it is. You’ll need a 50/50 bleach/water mixture to spray on. I use an old cleaner bottle but use whatever you like best.
When you are satisfied spray a light mist of the bleach water onto your shirt. I sprayed around the logo and spread it across the sleeves but do what you think looks best. Remember that colored shirts will turn a lighter color and that black shirts will become kind of brown. You can use a combination of the spray and stream to get a fine mist and the larger spots of bleach.
And since I have two little boys that were my perfect little male models and have the Sorry board all set up with only two hours until bedtime, I’m going to hit the bricks. I’d love to see any tees that you make using this method. Until next week!