DIY Love Shirt

Posted by Meghan Quinones

It's time to have love written all over your shirt, literally!

If you never know what to wear on Valentine's Day, now you don't have to worry anymore. Create your own custom "Love" shirt! All you need to do is pick your favorite font style and invert it. Then, you become the artist by painting over your design. Once it's dry, you just iron your design onto your shirt. How cool is that?

Wear your designed "Love" shirt under a blazer or a cardigan for instant Valentine's Day style!

What do you miss most about being a kid around Valentine's Day? Candy, getting cards, giving cards, or Valentine's Day parties?

Here's what you'll need:

  • Cotton T-Shirt
  • Ink Effects (Red)
  • Ink Effects Basecoat
  • Love Template
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • 3 Sheets of White Printer Paper
  • Paint Brush
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Lay your shirt out and spray the chest area with Ink Effects Basecoat. Let it dry. This will help your Ink Effects better adhere to your fabric.

Step 2: Print off the Love template, then trace over it with a pencil (sometimes printer ink can prevent the paint from adhering properly). You can also use your favorite font and invert it so it is backwards (I used, tape a piece of white printer paper to your screen, and trace around the letters.

Step 3: Go over your template with your red Ink Effects Paint. Let the paint dry for at least 45 minutes. Then, go over it with another coat of paint. Let it dry.

Step 4: With your shirt on your ironing board, place a sheet of paper inside in the chest area. Place your painted paper face down on the center of your shirt's chest. Then, place one sheet of paper on top of your design (this will help prevent any color bleeding from getting on your iron). Go over the design with your iron. Do this for about 3 minutes for a richer color (if you go for less time, the color will be a bit more faded). Let your design cool, then slowly peel your paper back. That's it! You now have a festive shirt for Valentine's Day!