Wednesday, 3 December 2014

DIY Cactus Shirt - A Simple Way to Update a Plain White Shirt

Yesterday I got bored of owning a bunch of plain white shirts, so I decided to draw cacti all over one of them. I also cropped the shirt, added ties and performed a simple alteration to make it button up to the neck.

And then I made a video!

Have a watch:

"Templates" for the cactus designs so that you can do the same on your own shirt:
 Draw these shapes using green paint.
Draw the pots! Use whatever colours you want. I used three colours - blue, yellow and pinky-red - to give the pattern some consistency. Wait for the green to dry first.
Using permanent marker, draw an outline around your shapes, and then add cactus bits and spikes like in the above example (note: wait until the paint is DRY before attempting this).

If you try this out then tag your photos with #diyannika on instagram. I would love to see what interpretations you come up with. Good luck!

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  1. this is such a cute and good idea

  2. That looks super adorable Annika! Plus I loved your dramatic reenactment ^___^

  3. This shirt turned out so so cute! What a great DIY project to transform a plain white shirt.

    Jamie |

  4. It looks fantastic buuuuut you see I have no talent, so this is why I buy. :(( I want a cactus shirt.

    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

  5. Love this! I'm not sure if you explained but where does the fabric medium come in? Do you mix it into the acrylic? Thanks!

    1. Oops, I'm sorry! But yes, you're right, you mix it with the arcrylic paint (2:1 ratio) :)

  6. This is perfect, love cactus! :) (I think I'm a bit like them)

  7. This is sooo perfect. I have to do this now! Next time I go shopping I'll need to buy a white button-up and fabric paint.<3

  8. This is such a cute idea! And Your video made me laugh. Thanks so much for posting this - I'm in love with your blog!

    xx Kathryn


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