DIY 4th of July

Fair warning this week’s posts will be solely focused on celebrating the 4th of July.  It’s my second favorite holiday, behind Christmas of course.  I love the fireworks, the food, the fun outdoor activities.  I love it all.  And so I thought I’d craft a nautical flag tank to sport while celebrating the birth of America.

4th of july shirt 1

Materials to recreate this DIY are: 1) a white shirt, 2) spray fabric paint, 3) cardboard for a stencil, 4) masking/duct tape, 5) an X-Acto knife 6)a trash bag/newspapers.

Step one: Prep.  Trace and cut your stencil from the cardboard.  I cut out a bunch of tiny stars and an anchor for the front, and bigger stars for the back of the shirt.  Tape off the flag pattern, then tack your stencils on (I used masking tape).

Flag shirt step 1Step two: Paint!  Set down your newspapers/trash bag.  Stick any extra cardboard inside the shirt to prevent color bleeding, and place it all on top of your work surface.  Then shake the can and spray away (keeping the nozzle 1-2 feet from the shirt to maintain an even spray)!  I like to test a spot before spraying to make sure the nozzle isn’t clogged.

DSCN1141Allow about an hour for the paint to dry before peeling off the stencils and stripes. Then flip the shirt and repeat step two for the back.  And naturally, let the back dry before trying on your new patriotic top.Step 3: Wash.  Wait 24 hours, then pop your shirt in a cold wash (by itself!) to fully set the colors.  Or just be a true American and wear it right away, but be advised that you may end up with patriotic skin.Flag shirt backSunglasses: Isaac Mizrahi (Nordstrom Rack), Shorts: Joe’s Jeans (Gilt), Sneakers: Superga Cotu Classics


3 thoughts on “DIY 4th of July

  1. OMG I am in LOVE with this Dar!!! So cute, it looks awesome! And doesn’t look too hard either. I am definitely trying this! 🙂 Thanks for sharing xoxo

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