Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Glitter Stenciled Sweatshirt

My Pinterest feed was all a flutter with hearts, glitter and Ryan Gosling this past Valentines day. I was inspired by two of the three to do this DIY. I saw a post for a glitter heart children's tee that got my brain chugging...Why not combine three of my favorite things, the macabre, glitter, and sweatshirts. Here it is, glitter stenciled sweatshirt.  

  • sweatshirt
  • stencil cut out of contact paper. I used my Cricut to cut the rib-cage  but you could easily trace and cut with an exacto knife. 
  • Tacky Glue or Mod Podge Fabric glue.
  • Paint brush, I ended up using a smaller junk paint brush.
  • Workspace

Lets begin...

After you've cut your stencil and set up your work space you can begin the jerky task of getting that stencil on the sweatshirt. I found that putting painters tape on the front of the design before you peel the back off worked the best. 

After the front is covered with painters tape, peel off the back and adhere to where you'd like your design. Give it a good rub down and begin to peel the tape off. You may have to hold the contact paper edges down but it shouldn't stick to the tape. If that makes any sense at all...

Now start painting the glue on. I would paint a bit then sprinkle the glitter on, working in sections until it was covered in gluey, glittery mess.

Then let it dry. I gave it about one Arrested Development episodes worth and carefully shook off the excess glitter.

When it no longer feels wet, peel off the contact paper. I used a little lint brush roller to get the stray glitter. Your done. I'm not sure how this will wash so I will err on the side of caution and say hand wash this lovely. 

Im interested to see how you fare. Have fun.

Oh and thank you to my Supervisor(s).


  1. I bet I could make a real mess out of this process, but you make it look easy!

  2. I love this idea! What kind of fabric would you say works best? I'd imagine the glue might become too stiff-feeling on some fabrics.

    1. It had a slight stiff feeling but not to bad, I would say it worked well on the sweatshirt. If you were to stencil a lighter weight fabric I'd go with glitter fabric paint, Tulip makes some.

    2. Sounds good, I'm excited to try it. Thank you!

  3. Thats really cute. I've used freezer paper as stencils before. It's really easy. I like the rib cage idea.

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