A couple years ago, I came up with this idea for a quick way to make team shirts that would dry quickly as well. They are fun to make for team-bonding, or could be fun for a party activity.
Here's what you will need:
- spray paint
- cardboard letter cutouts (I found mine in the craft aisle at Walmart)
- a flat surface (and maybe a drop cloth, tarp, or newspaper if you don't want paint all over)
Place your letter cutouts on the shirt. I have used both the letters themselves and the outlines before. Remember that if you use the letters themselves, it will create the negative space to look like the letters; this leaves less of the shirt its original color. If you use the letter outlines, it will color the letters and outline the rectangles the color of the paint; I think this creates a more bold look.
Spray over the letters until the shirt reaches the desired color. You don't want to spray too heavy, or it will leave the shirt crusty, and can bleed through.
Pull off the cardboard and let dry. After about 20-30 minutes, they should be dry to the touch, and you can move them.
Tips & Tricks
- The thinner the cardboard you use, the more quickly it will get wet and warp. I recommend trying to do all of your shirts at once, and throwing out the used letters.
- I have used the kid's craft foam to cut letters and different shapes before. This also works well, but is more work up front. These also do not last for too many uses before warping.
- Spray in a well-ventilated area.
- Spray paint travels. Be sure that you spray in an area where it will not matter if the paint molecules attach themselves nearby.
- Let one side of the shirt dry completely before spraying the other side.
- I wash and dry mine like any other t-shirt.