DIY - How To Bleach Paint T-Shirts

Here's a fun, cheap and easy project you can do with all those plain t-shirts you have lying around...

What You'll Need:

  1. an old t-shirt in a dark color
  2. synthetic paint brush 
  3. bleach
  4. old jar
  5. chalk
  6. cardboard


This was just my practice shirt so I didn't really put much though into the design. I was listening to the Beatles at the time and I've always been a big fan so I decided to do a Beatles Day Tripper DIY shirt. However, you can do whatever design you want applying the same method. A nice tribal graphic would look great as well as some kitschy animal drawings or your favorite poem/quote from a book.

Anyway, here's how...

  • Sketch the dsign on your t-shirt with chalk:

  • Once you're happy with your design, put a little bleach in a jar
  • Insrt cardboard in your shirt so bleach doesn't bleed through the back
  • Dip your brush and start painting
  • You will need to go over your design about 3 times

When you're done, you should end up with something like this:

beatles day tripper shirt

It's so awesome in the "I made this shirt myself" punk style sensibility right? It's taking all my self-control not to bleach out all my black t-shirts! Hope you like! Don't forget, relax and have fun with it :)


Unknown said…
I love it!

Michael Macalos
wow! this is an amazing DIY! :) looks pretty easy to do. hehehehe :) thank you for sharing this over sis! :)

Rhea Bue (Styles & Writes)
Ida said…
Yes, that does look awesome! Does it always turn orange, on black shirts? I've never bleached black fabric before, denim lang. :)
Raffi Alcantara said…
WOW! I'm definitely doing this :)

xoxo Raffi ♥
Mica said…
Cool idea!

Roma is Love said…
The end product looks like something done from photoshop! like it was made by a professional Sarah! Great job!
mavicdesigns said…
Great... You just gave me an idea...Thanks so much...:D
Unknown said…
It looks very well.theT-Shirt,I like it ~
mayceegreene said…
This is genius! Why haven’t I thought of it before? Thanks for the DIY tutorial. I will be trying this soon

Maycee (Boiler Repair)