DIY Bleach T-shirt Tutorial – The Perfect Valentines Gift for Him or Her!

Everyone loves T-shirts. They are comfy, they are easy, and it really doesn’t matter if you spill on them. My friend Leslie introduced me to designing your own t-shirt with a printed design and bleach. It was SO Easy and I loved how they turned out!1. First you need some sort of design… it could be anything! I decided to pick a “curves ahead” road sign because my husband loves riding fast on his motorcycle.2. You will need some freezer paper. Print out any design from your computer and trace it onto the paper side of the freezer paper. Then cut out your design. You could also use a Cricut to cut out your design. Make sure the shiny side of the paper is facing down.3. Iron your design onto your shirt, make sure the shiny side is facing down and the paper side is facing up. Lightly press the iron onto your design so it will stay.

4. Cut some cardboard(we used cereal boxes) and put it inside of your shirt so it doesn’t leak onto the back of the shirt.

4. BLEACH TIME! Fill your water bottle with 70% bleach 30% water. And spray away. Some shirts I sprayed really close to the shirt and others I stood back a bit. Spray as little or as much as you would like. I sprayed a little at first then went back and sprayed more. Certain colors (like black) will show up instantly. The pink and red shirts took close to 20 minutes. The longer they sit the more bleached out it will be.

5. When it is done bleaching, take your cardboard out, take your design off, and rinse thoroughly in the bath tub.6. Wash your shirt in the washing machine to make sure all the bleach is out and so it won’t bleach anything else.

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55 Responses to “DIY Bleach T-shirt Tutorial – The Perfect Valentines Gift for Him or Her!”

    • I didn't know either until my husband started hunting! :) It has a plastic/waxy material on one side (so food won't stick to it in the freezer) and a paper material on the other. You can find it in any grocery store or walmart. It is usually by the saran wrap. Hope this helps!
  1. Almost 10 years ago I was messing around with beach designs on shirts. I didn't think about ironing on freezer paper, instead my sister and I used big foam stamps. I don't remember if we brushed the bleach on them or just dipped but I remember it working. We'd end up having a beached out design where we placed the stamp. Not exactly a safe technique for kids, but as adults you could make them this way as gifts.
  2. Almost 10 years ago I was messing around with beach designs on shirts. I didn't think about ironing on freezer paper, instead my sister and I used big foam stamps. I don't remember if we brushed the bleach on them or just dipped but I remember it working. We'd end up having a beached out design where we placed the stamp. Not exactly a safe technique for kids, but as adults you could make them this way as gifts.
  3. Almost 10 years ago I was messing around with beach designs on shirts. I didn't think about ironing on freezer paper, instead my sister and I used big foam stamps. I don't remember if we brushed the bleach on them or just dipped but I remember it working. We'd end up having a beached out design where we placed the stamp. Not exactly a safe technique for kids, but as adults you could make them this way as gifts.
  4. Almost 10 years ago I was messing around with beach designs on shirts. I didn't think about ironing on freezer paper, instead my sister and I used big foam stamps. I don't remember if we brushed the bleach on them or just dipped but I remember it working. We'd end up having a beached out design where we placed the stamp. Not exactly a safe technique for kids, but as adults you could make them this way as gifts.
  5. This was so fun!! We did it down at my Mom's house with all of the grand-kids. They all designed their own designs with Mom's help and then we used Vinyl instead of freezer paper, because Mom has a vinyl cutter so we just used the scraps for the designs. It worked Great!! I had tried it with freezer paper earlier and they did not turned out so well(too much bleach, not enough, etc.). With the vinyl, everything looked really sharp and we didn't have any problems. And the kids liked revealing their design by pulling off their own stickers after the bleach was done. It was a lot of fun!!
  6. I just had great success using freezer paper, and a pretty detailed design. No bleeding what so ever. I did pull it off fairly quickly and rinsed to stop the bleaching. My ratio was 2 parts bleach, one part water. I actually use freezer paper to paint stuff on shirts all the time. It's ironed down, so it stays put until I remove it.
  7. Love this! I can't wait to do this for my kids. The "snow" looks great! I think I'll do a snow themed shirt for myself I love the snow!! Thank-You for sharing. I can't wait to see the idea / pictures the kids pick out for there shirts!
  8. The Gold Project
    Hey! I'm working on my gold project in girl scouts and I'd like to make/sell some of these for the fundraising part of my project, but I wanted to ask before I took your idea. Is that all right, is there anything I should include or may I just use the idea? Thanks!
  9. Christine
    I tried this and the freezer paper didn't work. it just curled up as soon as it got wet. But we learned something awesome! Once you spray the bleach, just quickly remove the pattern paper, and the bleach will continue do it's work! the only trick is to get enough bleach all around prior to removing the paper. We also then used heavy cardstock - and again, just removed it right after spraying. Works perfectly!
  10. Hey Hey! I Think its great your idea but i had a question, Im from Colombia and I really dont know the meaning, or what is Freezer paper so if you dont mind could help please to understand wich it is, I confound it with foil so please ploease helpme out with that
    • Pet Lover
      It might also be called wax paper, or papel encerado (I used google translate). It is used a lot in the kitchen and also for crafts. It is kind of a see through paper but one side has a very thin layer of clear wax on it. Typically when you buy donuts, churros, or pastries, that is the paper that is used to handle it because they do not stick to it.
  11. Nicole
    Has anyone had trouble with the bleach running? I laid my shirt flat after ironing on the design. After spraying, the bleach pooled up on the wax paper. went underneath. Should I be leaving it to dry for a long while?

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