Leggings and a tank is my go to outfit, hands down. Lately I’ve been seeing all of these super cute graphic tees popping up on my favorite blogs and also while shopping and I'm LOVING them. I’ve been attempting to get better about not spending unnecessary money so I can’t always justify $30 on a plain white tank with 4 words on it. Especially not when I can make it myself! Cue today’s DIY.
Now, when I first hear DIY shirts I think of terrible puffy paint on an ill-fitting tee. NOPE! Not here. My favorite part about this one is you can choose what kind of top you want, a tank, tee or even a sweatshirt. When it’s all done it might not look perfect, but it’s pretty dang close. This DIY is super easy but does take a little bit of patience to achieve.
What you’ll need:
A tank (or top of your choice)
An exacto knife
A printout of the phrase
A foam paint brush
First you’ll have to decide what you want on your tank. I’m currently obsessed with all of the “Ok, but first coffee” tees and I’m channeling my inner Ilana Glazer with my “yaaas queen” Pick the right font and size then just print it out!
The best way to transfer the words onto your poster board is to trace the front of the page, flip it over and place it on top of the poster board and then trace the back. Seriously, it’s as easy as that! Thank you HS art class for that trick.
Then just cut the letters out with an exacto knife. Make sure it’s as sharp as possible because you don’t want the edges of the poster board to be frayed. If you have any letters that have a space in the middle (like an O or an A) just make sure to leave a piece attached.
Place your stencil on your tank and you’re ready to start! I put a piece of poster board between the layers of my tank so the paint didn’t bleed through.
Depending on the color of your tank and paint, you might have to go over it a couple times. Make sure when you are painting, you are using very light layers with a dabbing motion. If you are loading too much paint on, it will start to bleed (mine did a little and it’s not hugely noticeable but the lighter the layers the less chance there is). By dabbing the brush instead of using a stroking motion you will keep the edges as clean as possible too.
After you’ve built it up to the opacity you're happy with, remove your stencil and fill in any areas that didn't get painted. Let it dry and BAM good to go! Take note to the washing instructions on the paint but I usually just wash mine like normal.
And there you have it! You’re own customizable graphic tank that you don’t have to worry about spending a ridiculous amount of money on. Because really … no tank is worth $30+.
If you make any, make sure to use the hashtag #weCRAFTalright so we can take a look!!
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it's been fun,