Saturday, February 5, 2011

DIY: red sparkle heart tee

i could not resist the temptation to DIY this sparkle heart tee after seeing a photo with Taylor Swift in February issue of InStyle magazine.  i don't care about the celebrity factor of course; but simply thought my daughter would love to have a similar shirt.  Taylor Swift's shirt is from Wildfox Couture ($108). 

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you will need:
white or black 100% cotton tee (Walmart, Target $3-$6)
one tub of dry red glitter (Walmart or any craft store)
textile medium (from any craft store)
1/2" wide flat brush
wax paper
masking tape (not pictured below)
iron, pencil and plastic placemat (or a piece of cardboard)

pictured: wax paper, textile medium in a bowl, brush, textile medium container, dry glitter

i made Nina two heart shirts: one black and the other white.  our black shirt came from Target, and the white one came from Walmart.
i use children's plastic placemat to protect to shirt but you can also use a piece of cardboard.  just slide it inside the shirt.  with a pencil i drew a large heart shape directly onto the shirt.
next, i used small pieces of masking tape to outline the shape:

apply textile medium to the heart and smooth it over with a brush:

while textile medium is still wet, sprinkle glitter all over the heart shape and gently pat the area (confession: i used too much glitter; be generous but don't over do it):

let it dry for 4-6 hours.  remove masking tape.  apply another layer of textile medium to seal the glitter:

once again let it dry for 4-6 hours or overnight.
finally, after all is dry cover the area with wax paper and heat set with hot iron (i use hottest setting).  by heat set i mean place an iron over wax paper for about 10 sec.  repeating the process several times to make sure you covered the whole area.

and... here it is!

i paint shirts for children and sell them in my Etsy store (this is not for sale since i'm not sure how it would hold after wash).  so, i had all the supplies on hand (except glitter from Walmart for under $3).  if you prefer something much easier just buy iron-on heart rhinestones (also from Walmart for $1.97).  it's super easy and super cute:
iron-on rhinestones by Next Style from Walmart ($1.97)



  1. Cute! Perfect for Valentine's Day festivities :) x

  2. Cute! I may have to do something like this with a skateboard design or something for my boys.

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  3. She looks so cute in her new shirt. What a great project.

  4. Your daughter is so cute, I coudn´t look at anything else hehehhe. Fantastic DIY, fantastic you.
    keep it up.
    have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Your daughter is so gorgeous Maya! Love the DIY, let me know how it washes etc as I'd love to do something like this

  6. that is adorable. what a nice valentine's idea!

  7. Adorable! And what a lovely model to boot! I just added "plain tee" to my thrifting list so I can do this DIY. Speaking of, I had no luck looking for shoes this weekend either :(

  8. This is super cute! I just might have to try the shirt heavy after?

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