You'd probably be hard-pressed to find a dad who would turn down any Father's Day gift from his kids, but one guy can only have so many ties hanging in his closet and bottles of cologne on his bureau. Plus, store-bought gifts just aren't as sentimental as homemade gifts. Then again, homemade gifts are sweet, but most of the time they aren't all that useful. Enter this easy and customizable Father's Day DIY T-shirt that the dad in your life will actually want to wear.
This surprisingly simple Father's Day shirt is the kind of comfy gift that can be worn around the house, for sleeping or to any sporting event. And even better, all you and your kids need to pull off this one-of-a-kind masterpiece is an unprinted T-shirt, a bleach pen and some creativity.
You can personalize this DIY shirt to incorporate the date your special he became a father (or grandfather), and the entire project is quick, easy and inexpensive.
To create a bleach-pen T-shirt you will need:
- Plain, dark-colored T-shirt. Avoid shirts with stretch or pre-treated cotton; cheap T-shirts work best!
- Bleach pen
- 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of vellum paper
- 8.5 x 11-inch piece of cardboard
- Craft knife
- Spray adhesive
- Design template (click here to download "Daddy" template and here for "Grandpa" template)
Step 1: Choose a design template and print the template onto vellum paper.
Step 2: Place the printed design on cardboard and carefully cut out lettering with the craft knife. Make sure to save the inside of each letter, as they will be needed to complete the stencil for your design.
Step 3: Insert the cardboard between the front and back of the T-shirt, placing it directly underneath where you will be placing the stencil.
Step 4: Cover the back of vellum sheet stencil with spray adhesive. Spray the back of the inside of each letter that you have saved as well. Spray generously, making sure to cover the edges of your design thoroughly to prevent the bleach from bleeding through.
Updated by Sarah Long 6/7/17.
Step 5: Place the stencil evenly across the front of shirt. The adhesive will easily pull away from the shirt, so take your time centering the stencil and placing it exactly where you want it before smoothing it down completely. Place the insides of any letters that are separate from your stencil in their places as well. Make sure all edges are firmly adhered to the T-shirt.
Step 6: Use a bleach pen to fill in the entire area of your stencil. Apply a generous amount, working from the edges inward to reduce the chance of the bleach bleeding through the stencil.
Step 7: Let the bleach dry completely before removing stencil. Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process if needed. To remove the stencil, peel from one corner lifting upward; take care not to let any parts of the stencil touch the T-shirt once removed.
Step 8: Using the template as a guide, choose the years that pertain to the special dad in your life and carefully pen in small lettering using the bleach pen. Let dry completely.
Step 9: Wash and dry the shirt by itself — do not put in with other laundry. Now your personalized shirt is ready for Dad or Grandpa to wear this Father’s Day!