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glittery shamrocks on white shirt

Shamrock Shirt DIY for St. Patrick’s Day

By Cindy Hopper

My daughter never seems to have anything green to wear for St. Patrick’s Day (everything is pink). Here is a simple way to dress up a plain white t-shirt for girls or boys to keep from getting pinched.


shamrock t-shirt
All you need is a pre-washed plain white shirt, green paint, paint brushes and some freezer paper.

supplies for making shamrock t-shirt (paint, t-shirt, freezer paper)
Shamrock T-Shirt for St. Patrick’s Day Template

Download the Shamrock Template or draw your own. Trace the shamrock onto the dull side of the freezer paper and cut out the shape. It is best to use a permanent marker for tracing to make sure the iron won’t smear the ink. Leave plenty of white paper around the shamrock.

cut-out shamrock iron and stencil

Place a piece of cardboard in the middle of the shirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the backside of the shirt. It works best when a piece of freezer paper is ironed onto the back or the front of the shirt, where you want to paint. This keeps the fabric from stretching while painting. With a dry iron set on medium, iron the shiny side of the freezer paper to the t-shirt. Hold iron on freezer paper about 5 seconds.

shamrock stencil on white t-shirt

Paint from the outside to the inside all the way around the stencil.

overhead shot of applying green paint onto white t-shirt over the shamrock stencil

Then paint in the rest of the shamrock. We let the green paint dry a bit and then added a bit of transparent glitter paint.

photo of a young girl applying green paint through a shamrock stencil onto a white t-shirt

Remove freezer paper and allow shirt to fully dry. Iron shamrocks using a pressing cloth and the shirt is finished!

So simple and cute! The best part was seeing how proud my daughter was wearing her shirt that she painted.

little brunette girl wearing a white t-shirt with glittery shamrock painted on


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About the Author

Cindy Hopper

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has cont...

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy’s family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy’s personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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This would be a very cute project for a whole classroom to do!
I love it!
I’ll be running out to get some freezer paper today!


Very cute!
Can the shirt be washed or will all the paint come off in the washer?

Skip to my Lou

Yes, the shirt can be washed! Enjoy!


So cute! I’m totally doing this with my kids! Thanx for the idea!


SO much fun! I’ll be linking.


Love thia! No only if I can find it in our commisary overseas.


This is just perfect!I know what I’ll be doing with my boys tomorrow!


So cute! And I have all the supplies here!!!!


This is adorable!!! My son is suppose to wear something green for school on Tuesday and this will be even better! Thanks for the great idea!


I made these shirts for my boys (ages 4 and 6). Thanks so much for the idea!