Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vintage Graphic Tee {DIY}

I'm really excited about today's post! I love shopping online, I do it all the time but when it comes to clothes I always chicken out when it comes down to checking out my cart. Because I never know how the clothes are going to fit I typically stick to clothing purchases in person. This is so hard when I come across a super cute t-shirt that I have to have. Insert a super cute, soft and perfect fitting "boyfriend t-shirt" that I found at Target for $4 last week and my freezer paper tutorial. This was a quick nap time project that took about an hour. I love a quick project!

What you will need:
Freezer paper
Fabric Paint
Exacto knife
Cutting Board
Foam paint brush

Find your graphic and either print it to the size you need using your printer or if you find an image that you cannot print take a piece of paper and lay it over your computer screen and trace the image onto a sheet of paper.

Take a piece of freezer paper and place on top of the image shiny side down.

Place on top of a cutting board and tape the two pieces of paper together so the two don't shift. Trace along the lines with the exacto knife and leave the areas in tact that should show the t-shirt color and not the paint

Place it in the desired spot on the t-shirt and iron it down on medium heat. I don't place anything over the paper because I want to make sure it doesn't move and it turns out great.

Place a piece of cardboard behind the image that you will be painting. You don't want the paint to bleed through to the other side. I cut out a side from a cereal box and it was perfect.

I would dip my paint brush into the paint and then brush it off a little because I was going for a washed out vintage tee look.

I lightly blotted it on until I got the light covereage that I wanted.

Allow to dry at least 24 hours before peeling the freezer paper off.

And then carefully remove the paper to reveal the finished image.

There you have it! A perfect fitting vintage graphic tee for less than $5.

I love it so much! I know my friends are going to see me coming and say, "she's wearing her "y'all" shirt again!"


  1. Love it Robyn! I think you might be starting a new DIY trend.

  2. cute! and you look like a purty Texas gal

  3. Love your DIY!!! The t-shirt looks comfortable and the fit is perfect!!!

  4. Very cute! We do lots of freezer paper graphics around here. The kids love to do bleach sprays using freezer paper- turns out with a cool tie dye effect.

  5. Love this idea - I'll definitely do it with my girls! Thanks for sharing - love your blog, too by the way! Keep up the good work!

  6. This turned out SO cute! I just found your fun blog and am now following-hope you'll visit! :)

  7. Great idea!!! The result is fantastic!!:D