DIY Silhouette Character Shirt

We may be in our mid [ or late ]twenties but, we will always be kids at heart.  That is what has inspired this post.  I have come across quite a lot of character t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. and wanted one for myself.  But, I cannot seem to find the store they were purchased from or when I find the shirt, it is way more than I want to pay.  So, why not just make it.  This way you can put the silhouette on anything you want!


You will need:

  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • Acrylic or fabric paint
  • Paint brush
  • Shirt or other article of clothing
  • Scissors
  • Drawing or print out of desired character
  • Cardboard


To get a silhouette or the character you want, you can do a simple internet search and find a picture you like and print it out.  After printing it out, you will need to get a piece of freezer paper and tape or pin it to the print out.  You will then cut out the picture.  Since the freezer paper is connected to the print out, you will be cut out your stencil.  You will want to make sure the is enough detail that the character is recognizable; but, not too much that it will be too difficult to cut out.  As you are cutting, make sure the paper side is covered by the stencil.  You will need the shiny side to iron onto the shirt.


Once the stencil has been cut, you will have a better idea of how the print should look. Now, you will want to get your paint ready and put a piece of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt.  If you are using acrylic paint, you will need to mix a little water into the paint to thin it out.


You will know separate the print off from the freezer paper.  Iron onto your shirt with the shiny side down.  This should create a good seal and thus creating a stencil.


Paint the exposed area.  You can go as heavy or light as you would like.  Keep in mind the kind of shirt you have chosen.  I used a ribbed tank; so, it will stretch and could expose areas that didn’t receive paint.  After you have finished, wait 10 minutes before peeling off the freezer paper.  It shouldn’t bleed if you peel it off sooner, but it is better to wait until it gets a chance to dry on the off chance you hit the paint while removing the stencil.


This is the finished product.  Now it’s your turn.  Be creative!


I also made an Ariel sweater for my sister who is slightly obsessed with The Little Mermaid.


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