Father’s Day Hand-painted Tie T-shirt DIY
If you want to get Dad a cooler, fun, and more comfortable version of a real tie for Father’s Day, how about the t-shirt tie version? Yes, I am talking a tie that’s printed onto a tee!
Fun for kids to make! Fun for Dads to wear! Different and special!
Supplies needed to make a T-shirt with a Hand-painted Tie:
- a pre-washed cotton t-shirt in Dad’s size
- fabric paint
- a sponge (natural or synthetic)
- re-positional tape like painter’s tape or masking tape or even washi tape (not pictured)
- a paint brush
- paper plate or palette for paint
- a piece of cardboard that will fit inside your t-shirt (to prevent wet paint from seeping through)
- wax or parchment paper
Now let’s get started!
How to make a T-shirt with a Hand-painted Tie:
1. First, position your tape in a tie-shape. (See above top left.) This will make it a lot easier to paint onto your t-shirt and not worry about messiness. You could free-hand it but we found that fabric paint can be a bit messy and t-shirts a bit stretchy, making painting on fabric a bumpy process. However, if you are feeling creative and skilled, by all means free-hand away!
2. Then dab your sponge in a bit of fabric paint and lightly sponge on the base color of your tie. Easy does it. We like this way of fabric painting because it dries a lot quicker and is less stiff when it dries than a thick layer of paint.
3. Once your base color is dry, add detail. We chose green spots (and some black smudges by accident because my sponge accidentally swiped the tiniest bit of black paint and the rest was history but we don’t think it ruined the end result. We’re going to call it camoflauge-esque.) You could do stripes or flowers or any design you like but we kept it simple.
4. Once all your paint is dry, gently peel your tape off and behold your clean crisp lines!
5. You can wash your t-shirt after the paint has dried for 24 hours. Dad can wear the shirt as soon as it is no longer tacky to the touch.
We had so much fun making this Hand-painted Tie T-shirt, we made a few more!
Who knows, maybe we could make Dad a casual business uniforms for the whole week! (At least for the backyard and Zoom calls anyway!)
Happy Father’s Day!