I thought it might be time for a new Halloween shirt. I have been wearing the same one for probably the past 5 years. I was looking for one that was toned down a bit and definitely one that was not so “cartoon-ish”. I prefer to wear things that are festive for the season without being like “HELLO! HERE I AM!! A GIANT ORANGE PUMPKIN!” I couldn’t find one I liked for the price I wanted to pay. I mean I am going to wear this thing maybe 3 times in the month of October and I am not willing to pay $40 for a shirt. (Here my engineer in me kicks in!) That is like spending $13.33 each time I wear it? No thanks! So I made one for a fraction of the cost.
- Black Shirt of your choice (maybe one already in your closet?)
- Bleach Pen
- Chalk/chalk pencil
- Cardboard box or Cardboard T-shirt Insert to prevent bleeding
I found this V-neck Tee at Wal-Mart on clearance for $3. I also made my DIY Flower T-Shirt from a similar Wal-Mart find! You can also use a shirt you already have in your closet!
Using my sewing pencil, I sketched out a spider web in the top right and bottom left corners of the shirt. I recommend trying the shirt on at this point to make sure the spider web is laying in the correct spot, or rather not laying directly on top of a certain area. After the pattern is drawn, I used an empty diaper box we had laying around to stick inside the shirt so that nothing would bleed through to the backside. Then I used the fine tip end of a Bleach Pen and traced the pattern.
I let the bleach sit on the shirt until it dried. (I didn’t actually mean to do this but the two boys distracted me and that was what happened! ) It worked out nicely though. I just rinsed the bleach off the shirt in the sink and then washed with a load of darks.
Wah-Lah! The bleach on the black shirt gives off sort of an orange color which is perfect for Halloween! You could also try this on a gray shirt and it would bleach out a more white color. I am very happy with my new $3 Halloween shirt! And for the record that is now $1 each time I wear it! Much better
I’m not a very good “take a picture of myself wearing the shirt in the mirror” person so you just get it hanging on a hanger!
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