DIY Screen printing {Big Brother & Sister Shirts}

big brother and sister shirts

Do you guys remember my cute sister, Emily? She is the mastermind behind some of The Creative Mom’s most popular posts, including the Construction Birthday party (which is one of my most pinned posts!), A dozen days of Easter Eggs, and her always fabulous Spooky Halloween Dinner. Well, Emily just had a brand new baby- her 5th! Wonder woman, I’m telling you! And, at the very last minute, she remembered that she wanted some big brother and sister shirts for her older kids, and a little brother shirt for their new baby. So, of course, I stepped up to the plate and whipped up these SUPER easy shirts. I used my DIY Screen printing technique, which I showed you a while ago {here}.


 If you’ve got a little one on the way, DIY screen printing your own shirts would be the perfect project for you! Or, can you imagine how cute it would be to surprise a little family with their own set of personalized shirts? You could even put names or ages on them… SO CUTE!!! The possibilities are endless with this technique. You don’t have to do brother and sister shirts, you can do any shape or word your little heart desires. And you really don’t even have to do t-shirts. Think of how cute this technique would be on a quilt, a pillowcase, or a sports jersey. You can do DIY screen printing on any fabric.

diy little brother shirt

Would you like to try to your hand at DIY screen printing? Let me show you how!

You’ll need:

Freezer Paper
Fabric Paint
Iron and Ironing Board
Electronic Craft Cutter (optional)


Start by cutting your words or shapes out of freezer paper. You don’t need to have an electronic craft cutter, just trace what you want to cut on the non-shiny side of the paper and use scissors or an exacto-knife. If you do have a craft cutter, make sure to stick the shiny side to your mat, and cut slowly. You’ll want to leave a little space around your shape or words, since you’re using this like a stencil.

freezer paper stencil

Once you’ve got your words or shape cut out, iron your freezer paper stencil on your shirt, shiny side down. Make sure you get it ironed on there good.

diy screen printing

 Then go ahead and start painting on your shirt. Make sure you follow the directions for your paint. I used DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint, so all I had to do was paint it on and let it dry really good- no heat setting, and it will dry soft, with no cracking or bleeding.

The paint will seep through the shirt on to the other side, so put something in the middle of the shirt. I just used a piece of cardboard.

diy stenciling

Once your paint has dried, peel off the freezer paper. Don’t worry, it doesn’t leave any residue.

fabric paint

 And voila!!! You did your own DIY screen printing!!!!

fabric paint shirts

I can’t wait to see all of my nieces and nephews (especially that chunky little baby) wearing their new big brother and sister shirts (and a little brother shirt too).

little brother shirts

Don’t you love the way they turned out? They were super inexpensive to make, especially since we had the t-shirts already. And they really only took about half an hour to whip up! You guys can totally do this yourself… I’m telling you, it’s easy.

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