This past weekend I decided it was time I expanded my closet…and why buy more clothes when I can just revamp some old tees I have? Using fabric paint to make your own shirt is a really fun way to get creative, personalize, and also save money! I’ll admit it took way longer to make than I thought (measured by the amount of Nikita episodes I got through on Netflix), but it was worth it! I honestly think the cactus tee is my new favorite casual top in my wardrobe.
I got the inspiration from my shirts from some designs I found online, and I had been on the hunt for a cactus printed shirt (gotta rep my home state of the Arizona desert!). All you need is an old shirt that you want to give a makeover to and some fabric paint, which can be found at a craft store. I used a gray tee I had cut the sleeves off of a few years back that was ready for another update, and a super comfy black tank I found at Ross.
*Note: The bottle of paint in the photo is not actually fabric paint – I accidentally grabbed my acrylic paint when I took this photo and had to dig through my crafting stash to find my actual fabric paint.
Draw out the design you’d like on paper first so you can get an idea of the size and how you want it to look. Then it’s time to paint on the shirt ! A couple extra coats of fabric paint might be needed to get an even look. Different sized paint brushes also help. Also, don’t get too caught up on making the edges look perfect! I think the imperfect brush strokes have a more authentic and edgy look.
To get the “spongey” texture of the moon on the black tank, I basically just used less coats of paint on random areas and used lighter strokes. I love how they turned out! And it was a great project for Netflix binging.