June 27, 2013

DIY Anchor Shirt

This is a sponsored post, with materials and compensation provided by Tulip. All photos and text are mine, and, frankly, I already owned and have used Tulip paints in the past that I paid for with my very own money (and Michael's coupons, obviously).

I have mentioned before that I am terribly un-artistic. When I was young and we'd do those craft projects at camp or church where you paint a bag or a shirt with Tulip Soft and 3D Paints (or, you know, puff paints) mine was invariably one that was so ugly, I wanted to throw it away before I even arrived home.

(Related: When I was working on this project, Bart disclosed that he'd never even heard of puff paints. I was. . .flabbergasted. Did he not grow up in the 80s? Is it our age gap or is it that he's not a girl?).

As an adult, I've learned to compensate for my non-existent artistic abilities. By this, obviously, I mean cheating. Helllooooooo, freezer paper, my best friend.

Finally, a shirt I've painted that's not immediately destined for the garbage can.

Supplies needed:
  • Outline of anchor (I used this free printable one)
  • Freezer paper
  • Craft Knife
  • Tape
  • Cardboard or cutting mat (guess which one I use, since I'm mega cheap)
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint
  • Tulip 3D Fabric Paint
  • Paint brush (a sponge-type is best)
  • Iron & Ironing Board
Tape your freezer paper (shiny side down) to your cutting mat or cardboard. Tape the paper design on top of that.

With your craft knife cut it out. Maybe listen to an audiobook while you're doing this because it can get a biiiiiit dull (the cutting, not the knife, hopefully).

On the wrong side of your shirt, iron on a piece of freezer paper bigger than your design (shiny side down).

Then flip your shirt back right-side out and lay your freezer stencil, shiny side down, where you want it and iron it in place. Repeat about three times, being sure to press hard on all the little edges so you get a nice tight seal.

Now time to paint!

You'll probably want to do a couple of layers until it's nice and opaque.

Let it dry completely for at least four hours (I got impatient and removed mine early, but I don't recommend this). Carefully peel off your stencil.

I finished off the tips of my rope with some white sparkly 3D paint. It's not mega-obvious, but it gives it a nice little sparkle and texture.

Wait at least 72 hours before washing, and when you do put it in the washing machine, flip it inside out first. And let it air-dry afterward rather than letting it hang out in your dryer.

Feel very proud of yourself for painting something worth wearing. 

Shirt: Modbe, Skirt: Wal-Mart Kid's Clearance
Shoes: Kohl's, Bracelets: c/o Very Jane and Claire's

Also, feel happy that your puff paint projects are no longer looking like these rockstar creations:

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  1. Wow! Looks great!! Good job! How does it feel? I haven't had a successfully painted shirt in the past either, do you think it will last a lot of washings? This is awesome!!

  2. Woah... This looks awesome! I must try :)

  3. LOOOOVE this! Anything with anchors on it makes my little heart so happy! :)

  4. This is so cute! I love it. I actually am about to attempt my first ever iron on transfer, which is similar but not paint. I never really liked the feel of paints.

  5. What a great project! Like you I've never been good at this kind of stuff... so I love the fact you made it easier for us crafty-challenged people ;)

  6. Your shirt looks great!
    What were they on when they made that video???

  7. Your shirt is wonderfully beautiful! Great job! I was cracking up at the video. :)

  8. I love freezer paper stencils! Most recently I made a gold polka dot shirt because the one I actually wanted was 40$. I may just need an anchor now.

  9. Wait...my puff paint shirts aren't supposed to look like the video?

    Thank goodness for a tutorial that teaches me a better way! ;) You look fantastic, as per usual.

  10. Going to make a patriotic one with the kiddos next week. Good to know that my instinct to use puff paint was right and thank heaven it doesn't have to look like the 80's anymore!

  11. So seriously cute and adorable on you too!

  12. SOOO cute.... you dressed up very beautifully.. i m impressed with your personalty.. you have introduced a nice style..

  13. this is super adorable. I need to get some freezer paper... I'm assuming it's available at like Michaels or JoAnns?!

  14. This is really cute! I was the one who made super ugly puff paint projects, too -- so I'm thinking if you can use freezer paper, I can, too! :)

  15. It turned out so cute! Love the stencil you chose.


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