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How to make a personalized T-shirt

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Make it your own

There’s more than one way to personalize a T-shirt. You can use any number of crafty items and shortcuts to create a customized top that highlights your unique personality.

50 Days of family fun

The creative folks at the Howcast YouTube channel shared dozens of ideas for turning an ordinary T-shirt into a work of art.

Painted t-shirtThings you may need:

  • T-shirt
  • Fabric paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Tie-dye kit
  • Scissors
  • Elastic
  • Ribbon and colored thread
  • Trimmings and accessories

Step 1: Paint it

Use fabric paint on your T-shirt to create a fabulous work of art or to write an important message to the world. Young ones can just splatter paint for their own customized shirts.

Step 2: Try tie-dye

Pick up a tie-dye kit at a craft store, or do it yourself with some dyes and strategically placed rubber bands.

Step 3: Cut it

The 1980s movie Flashdance had cool people everywhere taking scissors to their best T-shirts. Grab a pair of scissors and start cutting. Turn short sleeves into cap sleeves, butterfly sleeves or no sleeves at all -- or change your crewneck tees into V-necks with just a snip. Leave the neckline unfinished for an edgy look, or finish it off with some colored thread.

Step 4: Lace it

Go for the corset look by cutting two rows of small holes in your T-shirt. Lace your shirt up with ribbon, shoe laces or strips of leather.

Step 5: Bedazzle it

Add beads, buttons, sequins, crystals, patches, fringe, lace, bows, glitter or anything you may have sitting in your catch-all craft bin. Go punk with leather strips, spikes, zippers, safety pins and a few ripped holes.

There is no right or wrong with this craft project. Experiment, and have a blast!

Check out this video and enjoy some more family fun time with one of these clever craft projects:

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