Posted by Katie smith / 7/24/2014 / 2 Comments / crafting , tutorial
DIY Stenciled X-Men Shirt
Okay, guys. Get your nerd on for this post!
I'm a huge fan of X-Men. I've seen every movie at least twice (but I believe way more, haha) as well as read some of the comics. I'm a nerd. Got it?
After the new movie came out at the beginning of the Summer, I decided I needed an X-Men themed shirt. I actually looked at in the Mens graphic t-shirt section at the store and didn't find any, so I made my own!
Even if you're not a nerd, or not an X-Men fan (what??), you can still use this technique to create your own custom shirts!
Supplies: Cotton T-shirt, Contact Paper, Fabric or Acrylic Paint, Paint brush, Graphic you want on the shirt
1. Print out whatever graphic you want on your tshirt. Trace it onto your contact paper and cut it out with a craft knife so that you have a contact paper stencil.
I wanted the xmen logo, so I actually printed out both the top and bottom layer of the 3d logo.
2. Stick your contact paper stencil down onto the front of your tshirt. If your design has multiple layers, start with the very back layer.
Before you start painting- Add a piece of cardboard inside your shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back!
3. Apply fabric paint over your stencil, and let it dry.
4. Once your paint is dry, peel off the stencil.
5. Add the contact paper stencil for the second layer on top of the first, like below-
6. Add your second color of paint.
7. After that dries, peel off your stencil. It may have seeped under your stencil a little bit like mine, but it's not a huge deal. Just go over any messy spots with paint, fixing it up.
8. If you want to, you can outline it in black paint, or using a black fabric marker to make it easier!
Wondering about the belt?
Well, My original plan for the shirt was to just paint on the X-Men logo. However, I got a little messy and accidentally dropped a blob of red paint on to the middle of my shirt. So, unless I wanted to look like I had gotten stabbed, I had to do something. I decided to paint on the belt that is part of most of the X-Men teams uniform.
Do you have a collection of nerdy T-shirts too?