How to Design Your Own T-Shirt With Bleach

Give your old shirt a new look with this DIY fashion project.

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If you want high fashion on a low budget, create your own one-of-a-kind looks with DIY style. Design your own T-shirt with bleach and you'll be the envy of all who behold your marvelous creation. Use bleach to create patterned designs on a dark T-shirt in an afternoon. This DIY project is suitable for adults of all ages, but may be dangerous for younger children because of the bleach. Be sure to wear protective gear or old clothing while you create your new look.


Draw a stencil onto the matte side of freezer paper. Use an X-Acto knife to cut out the shape; remember, this is a stencil, so the portions you cut out will be what shows up on your T-shirt.


Position your stencil onto a dark T-shirt with the shiny side down. Use an iron on medium heat to press the stencil onto the shirt; lift and press the iron instead of sliding it around to avoid tearing the design.


Put a piece of heavy corrugated cardboard inside the T-shirt, then place the whole thing on an old towel. Tuck under the edges of the shirt and wrap the towel up over the sides to prevent bleach spills.


Pour bleach into a hairspray-style plastic bottle. Squirt the bleach onto the open areas of the stencil. When the shirt is fully lightened in the areas where you have sprayed, quickly remove the cardboard and open the shirt in one motion.


Immediately immerse the whole shirt -- with the stencil still stuck onto it -- into a sink full of cold water. Rinse the shirt fully, then peel off the freezer paper stencil. Wash and dry the shirt like you normally would, being careful to wash it alone the first time. The bleach will have made white or light-colored designs on the shirt where you sprayed it.

Things You'll Need


1.Freezer paper

3.X-Acto knife

5.Dark T-shirt

7.Old towel

9.Travel hairspray bottle






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