Trompe L’Oeil T-Shirt
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Trompe L’Oeil T-Shirt

Decorate a plain T-shirt with an artfully painted bow and a few buttons. This fun project takes about an hour (plus drying time) to complete.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Jerzees® Crew Neck T-Shirt, 100% Cotton – Small (3 pk.)
  • Blumenthal Lansing® Buttons – Large Gold-tone (1) and Small Gold-tone (2)
  • Tulip® Soft™ Matte Fabric Paint – Ebony
  • Tulip® Metallics Dimensional Fabric Paint – Gold and Pearl
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue

Project Instructions

Step 1 Outline your shirt shape onto a large piece of paper. Draw your design onto the paper.

Step 2 Pre-wash and dry your T-shirt, and slide cardboard into shirt to prevent paint from bleeding through.

Step 3 Slide in your paper drawing above the cardboard. You should be able to see your drawing through the fabric.

Step 4 Using Tulip® Soft™ paint, paint with paintbrush and follow your pattern. Let dry.

Step 5 Using dimensional paint, add details to your design. Let dry.

Step 6 Add buttons by sewing or gluing. Let dry.

Step 7 Cut bottom edge of shirt as desired.