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Quick and Dirty Bleached Halloween T-Shirt (Patterns Included)

teacher avatar Allison Sattgast, DIY Whiz

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6 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Prep Your Stencil

    • 4. Get Ready to Spray!

    • 5. Shirt One: Even Halo Effect

    • 6. Shirt Two: Splatter Effect

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Create a one-of-a-kind piece of art to wear to a Halloween party or trick-or-treating!

With just a few simple household items, you can turn a solid-color cotton "T" into a bleach-art masterpiece. It doesn't take long — and it doesn't cost much either! In fact, you may even have the ingredients you need in your cupboards.

Sign up and join me as I show you how to make an awesome t-shirt or hoodie so you can casually say, "Oh, this? I made it," and smile suavely.

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Allison Sattgast

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I'm a DIY girl who loves to try new things. I create and cook and design -- it's more fun that way!

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1. Intro: Welcome to the quick and dirty Halloween shirt class. Today I'm gonna teach you how to make a one of a kind artistic masterpiece with just a plain con T shirt and some bleach. Now, this is actually a fast class. It's an easy class. It's a cheap class. I think you'll like it because you may actually have everything you need at your house. And if not, the supplies are actually pretty cheap. I provided a couple of patterns to you. You don't have to use them if you want to do your own awesome creation. But I have a little ghost and little jackal and turn, and I've also provided blank versions of them so you can draw your own face. So go ahead and join me in the next video and I'll talk about the materials you need to gather. Or you can also look in the project notes where I'll I'll provide you a list of the things that you'll need, and you might find that they're just in your cupboards. So that's, um, and makes us an easy class to start 2. Materials: The nice thing about creating a Halloween shirt with bleach is that you can do it with mostly just household items. So here I've got plain chlorine bleach. Be sure before you use a bleach that you make sure it really is chlorine. There are bleaches, that air called leach, and they're not chlorine. And also make sure that you use a relatively new chlorine bleach because bleach actually does have an expiration date, and you may not have very good results with an old bleach. A new bleach will be strong, and you can get bleach for around dollars, so it's not that big of a deal to get fresh bleach this year is hydrogen peroxide. I'm going to use it to neutralize the effect of the bleach just as an extra insurance. You can also use just plain cold water, and I'm going to do that as well. After this, then you'll need a spray bottle for the bleach or some people of messed around with using toothbrushes or other paintbrushes. Other methods of spreading the bleach, but definitely for a shirt where you're doing a pattern, it's hard to beat the spray bottle. I'm gonna create my pattern using this transparent contact paper. I purchased this any dollar store, and it's nice having the clear, just because of how much easier it is to work with patterns. But in the old contact paper, you have ought to work similarly. Now when you're choosing a shirt you're going to want, Ah, shirt that's at least part caught polyester will not give you the same results. The bleach really works on the cotton. It doesn't do much to the polyester. So this is a cotton and polyester blend. And that's perfect because, uh, the polyester will make the shirt a little stronger, whereas an old cotton sure, it had to be really careful with it because the bleach can actually eat holes in cloth. And actually, we can considerably. So this is about, I think, 60% cotton, 40% polyester. So it's right there in that range. Now, as I'm working with the bleach, definitely. Um, bleach is a caustic substance. Um, you can use gloves if you're worried. It all use I wear. In fact, I recommend use eyewear and a respirator. If you have them. Definitely don't do anything that you're not comfortable with or that you can't do safely now when you're working with any of these substances. I don't know what substance exactly you're gonna use, so be sure to check any warnings, follow any instructions, don't do anything that's unsafe. It's your responsibility to make sure that you don't hurt yourself or any members of your family with any project that you do. So once I'm spring this, I'm gonna want it to not go around to the back. So I'm gonna use this Has poor man's blocking method here. I mean, he's plastic bags inside the shirt, and I'm gonna put a plastic bag around this, shipping things so that I can actually I can actually prevent the back side of the shirt from getting bleached So you can also cut out cardboard You could use just plain bad. You've got number of options there. That's just the method I'm try. I am going to provide to patterns. I've got a little ghost and a jackal lantern, and I'm also going to provide you a blank jack lantern and a blank ghost so that you can draw your own face because I mean part of the fun of doing craft in this having options. They you might want a cutting mat cutting board a piece of cardboard, anything that will protect your surface when you're using a knife. If you're using one, um, you can also use scissors. And because I have the transparent paper, I'm just going to lay it over the pattern, and I'm going to drive around because it's not a very complicated pattern. So they're the only thing else that you might want to consider is I would suggest that you wear clothes that you don't care about, but really, this is all stuff that you can get the dollar stores stuff you already have in your kitchen like paper towels. And you may actually have everything you need for this project right at your own house and also encourage. If you don't have a T shirt that you feel safe sacrificing, I'll go grab one at your local thrift store and see what happens. No need Teoh ruin a good shirt if you're not certain of your technique yet, so you definitely have have cheap options for creating this craft. It's not inexpensive I am to do, and you may just be able to do all of this without even leaving your house, and that would be really fun and easy. So in the next video, I'm going to create the pattern and attach it to my shirt. 3. Prep Your Stencil: My goal here is to create a pumpkin that's orange surrounded by a cloud of bleached area, and also bleach in the eyes, nose in mouth so that it almost looks like a light up. Jacqueline injure. So because I am actually just creating an area that's a small area that's a resist. I don't need very much of my contact paper. I'm going Teoh, trace it out and then cut it. I could use the scissors on the outside and then for the inside I'll probably need the knife. So grab a Sharpie and this is kind of quick and dirty, because I'll have a chance to adjust this very slightly as I cut it. I'm going to try to follow the pattern reasonably well. I can't see it. Super Well, I can see it a little bit through the through the clear backing. Definitely not perfect, but it doesn't have to be because I'm intending to cut it out. So, uh, I can adjust with scissors for any small imperfections. I am trying to be a little precise just because I don't want weird little lines where bleach might get in. So as I'm cutting toward the body of the punk and I don't want over cut. I'm trying to make a nice, smooth curve because if it's not that smooth, it will probably show in the final product. Okay, so now I've got the outside basically done, and that's looking pretty good. I'm not seeing any areas where I really feel the need to go back and re adjust. Now I'm gonna cut open the areas where I do want bleach to go. I'm not worried about cutting through the backing just about the sticky portion. I'm going to trust that so that my knife remains nice and precise. Cut it a little differently than the line because I didn't like a flat. It turned out okay and kill us up. One thing to watch out for the contact paper is if you find your cuts didn't quite meet in the middle, don't pull content, paper will stretch, and then your nice clean line will be gone. So if you have a problem, take the time to go back and just re cut the area that didn't get cut. So now that will be an open place that the bleach will be able to get through. So I got both eyes and the mouth in general shape. So at this point, I can fix this to my shirt. I want to make sure I don't have too much in the way of wrinkles going on. It's not just started. I want that about their training grounds, See? Probably. Okay, so when you places, you sure you get this nice and hard against your clock. You don't want to have an area that isn't stuck down properly and gives you trouble later because when she got under way that down all right there, especially get corners, the eyes in the mouth because that that's the most important. So now I've got the main body of the shirt protected. I've got sleeves protected. I think I am ready to take it and deuce and marriage. 4. Get Ready to Spray!: So here I am in a bathroom in my house. This is a shower stall, which means it will be really easy to clean up. And I also have the bathroom fan. Aiken, turn on just kind of, you know, one of you breathing, breathing bleach in an enclosed area. So, basically, I wouldn't want to be doing this. Probably in my kitchen. Um, a garage or the outdoors would probably be even better. It's not workable, then. I mean, use bleach is a cleaning product and in small spaces. So I feel comfortable with this for myself. I have taken a small amount of bleach and about I did about the same amount of water in here. So this is not very much because I'm not gonna use very much. And this is a fairly strong concentration. You might want to consider doing 2/3 water in 1/3 bleach, but I'm gonna go fairly strong for this. So basically, what I'm gonna do is I'm going to spray it. Then I'm going to let it sit for about 30 minutes or less, depending on when I check on it, how it looks. And when I feel like I'm comfortable with how it's looking. I will neutralize it with the hydrogen peroxide and then wash it with some water. But my experience with doing this in the past is that it could be kind of hard to see your final results. So don't wait around forever expecting more dramatic visual results. Um, you may not see it until you've got it dried and you've got the final product on your hands , and then you'll know exactly what you're getting best. Part of the fun of bleaches. You're always gonna get something slightly different and the exact pattern and everything is going to be a little different. Each die will react differently. Each blend of cotton and polyester. So you're really doing a one of a kind craft? 5. Shirt One: Even Halo Effect: here goes All right, So it's been about 30 minutes. I definitely can't see much here. However, I am going to take some hydrogen peroxide, sometimes with bleaching a shirt. You really don't know what you're getting until you're actually seeing the completed wash dry version of the shirt. So I'm just gonna take some hydrogen peroxide and I'm going to dump it nice and solid all in here. Be aware that potentially, um this can leave behind some die. So if you're doing this in an area where you don't want, you don't want die. Do you want Teoh do it, You know. So where I pull off when I pull up my outline, I can already see that there is definitely some pattern going on. Once again, it's not over till it's over. I'm going to let this sit for another moment, and then once I let it sit for a minute, I'm going to just wash it in the sink, a fair amount that I'm going to toss it in the laundry. So this was the first shirt that I created. I sprayed it a bunch of times probably too many times, and it really kind of softened the edge of my pattern, especially on the eyes in the mouth. You can also see it up near the stem. Basically, the water kind of seeped underneath. However, it provided a really nice, bright, even halo, and I do appreciate that. So if you don't like the over spray sort of fuzzy effect, you could probably achieve the same amount of brightness by increasing your concentration of bleach. You might even want to go with straight 100% bleach, though that's pretty powerful. I need to have to be careful with it. So there it iss the halo shirt. 6. Shirt Two: Splatter Effect: one for the base. 12345 and six for left. Yeah, I'm just going to dio. Well, I can experience you. I got the figures looking okay, so that should give me just a few random bleach Gee spots, then I'm taking paper. Tell the goal is to avoid bleach running off the side of the pattern and getting a meeting because that will affect your pattern. So I'm especially hitting the areas of the face where there are shirt lines that I want observed, like the eyes in the news. And then I'm going to leave this for you can leave it for around 20 to 40 minutes. Probably. This is 60% con and 40% polyester. So it's a little tougher than just an old cotton shirt would be. So I'm gonna leave it a little longer. Let the bleach work. I did do some un deluded bleep, so I had to have a fair amount of action going on. I don't want to leave it more than 40 minutes because I'd start worried about eating holes . Um, but because I know this is so light, I want to give it so the maximum chance to work. So 40 minutes from now, I'll check back in with you. All right? So it has been about 30 35 minutes since I started this. I checked on about 15 and saw that the raw bleach that I'd put on was really having a strong effect. So I figured, you know, maybe I will go for the full 40 minutes. Vagal aim for more like 30. Because I know that the last time 30 was about right. So this is Stygian peroxide. It's one of the things you can use to neutralize Reach. You can just use a bunch of cool running water. Just rinse it a bunch of times, and I will do that after, but I figure 100 peroxide is really cheap, and it actually doesn't just wash off the blades and actually neutralizes it, and I want to neutralize it. So just take the extra expense here. It's probably not easy to see on there, but I can see the edges of my outline. This is my first hint about how my quality and this one is actually looking really good. I've got very sharp outlines around the side of the pumpkin. in the mouth and nose and one of the eyes, The other eye has one little tiny area where blood underneath. And that just adds character. So I'm actually really happy so far with the results. I'm seeing gonna be a very excited to see this in its final form. So that's been sitting for a minute or two. I'm gonna let it sit for a minute or two more. Then I will soak it in cold water. And then, since I'm not running a load of laundry this instant, I'm going to just put it straight in the dryer on its own and find out what I got. This is the second shirt that I created. I have noticed how fuzzy the outline was on the 1st 1 so I was determined not to over spray . As you can see, I have really a nice, sharp outline. There are only a few spots where bleach actually blood underneath. And those just add to the artistic flair. However, overall, the effect is not nearly as bright as the other shirt. So basically, I ended up with, um, a shirt that had a kind of a light halo because it wasn't the same 50 50 concentration. So if I wanted to create the same shirt but have a little bit more of a bright halo, I would probably either leave the bleach on for a really long time so it could work really hard. Or I would go with a stronger concentration of bleach in the spray bottle. So, of course, once you brighten up, once you brighten up the background look of it than any splatters that you do will affect it less so. One possibility that you could at least try is doing the splatters first, letting them sit for a bit and then doing the halo with a stronger concentration. But don't leave it for is long. But once again with bleach, you know you're experimenting it. It can be hard to get any one particular effect on your first try, especially if you're not very familiar with the T shirt and how it's going to react. So here we go. There's the splatter shirt