Friday, 24 February 2012

Do-it-yourself Hand Painted Deer Print T-Shirt

I've been so in love with sweaters, t-shirts and cardigans lately which feature these kind of kitschy animal prints:

These are the inspiration behind this deer-print t-shirt DIY. Enjoy!

You will need
- Fabric paint
- A fine paint brush
- A plain t-shirt
- A square of cardboard (can be from anywhere, an old cereal box, etc)
- Scissors
- A pen
- An iron

1. Wash your t-shirt first (this helps the fabric paint stay on later).
2. Iron it
3. Now you need to make your stencils! Use an image from online and print it onto a piece of paper, then trace it onto your cardboard, OR hand draw onto your piece of cardboard. The design should measure around 4 by 2.5 inches, but you can vary this depending on what you want. When you've drawn your design, cut your stencil out with scissors, and join it back up with stickytape.
4. Place the stencil onto your shirt, making sure it's parallel to the top and bottom of the shirt so that it's straight. Fill the stencil in thickly with your fabric paint. Once it's filled in, remove the stencil carefully and fix up any edges with your paintbrush. If you found antlers too fiddly to put in the stencil, but want little reindeers like me, you can also hand paint your antlers on at this point!
5. Paint your deers onto your shirt using the above images as a reference, or however you would like them to be arranged. When you flip the stencil over to do the ones facing backwards, make sure to clean your stencil with some tissue paper first!
6. When you're done, let it dry for a few hours. Then, run over each deer with a hot iron for 1-2 minutes. This should make it washing-machine safe (as long as you started with a decent fabric paint).

You're done! Enjoy your lovely updated deer-print shirt!

Here's some photos of it in an outfit:

(My cat Rufus snuck into the last one! At least he goes with the dress.)


Shirt - DIY
Bag - Vintage
Skirt - Momo, Wonder Rocket (Tokyo)
Socks - Tutuanna (Tokyo)
Boots - Vintage Diana Ferrari
Hat - Markets in Osaka

Hope you're having a sweet day!

xxx Annika


  1. SO excited about this, I'm going to have to give this a go! Such a brilliant idea!!

  2. I love it! You have the best DIY on your blog so inspiring! Love your outfit!


  3. SO cute! Will definitely have to give this DIY a try!!

    xx maggie

  4. Love it! Where is that skirt from? It's adorable.

    1. Ahh shoot, I forgot to list the items I'm wearing! It's from a very popular chain store in Japan called Momo (Wonder Rocket). & Thank you! :)

  5. Adorable, such a wonderful idea, I would love to try this one out :) I love how you styled it too, so chic. Rufus is awesome!


  6. Lovely!
    I will so replicate this later.

  7. You are awesome!!!

  8. Love how it turned out, such an easy and unique DIY! Your entire outfit is adorable!

  9. You DID NOT! That is bloody amazing. Seriosuly, I can't believe the stuff you dream up and I LOVE RUFUS. Give him a big smooch for me. x

  10. I love your DIY ideas, very inspiring <3

  11. In love with this pony print! It looks great!

    found the route

  12. That is so cute! Good job!


  13. That's so fantastic you do so many things by yourself! You're really talented and imaginative :)

  14. Great Idea, What brand of Fabric paint did you use? or Recommend?

    1. For this I used DecoArt - "SoSoft". It's pretty good. Mont Marte is also a good, cheap brand for fabric paint.

  15. Such a cute shirt! And i love the way you styled it

  16. About to start this project today! Thanks for the inspiration! :D

  17. Love it, love it, love it <3

  18. I am in love with this WHOLE outfit! the shirt & dress & ring are adorable!
    Oh, My

  19. Brilliant work on that DIY shirt! Love your creativity. You perfectly blended it with the sense of style you have. Thanks for sharing! :)

  20. I love your DIY shirt. i just wish i knew where to get it.



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