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My name is Pamela Smerker and I am the girl behind Fronie Mae Bakes and P.S. I Don’t Know What I’m Doing. Check out my About page to the left for more info and don’t forget to check me out on Social Media.

My name is Pamela Smerker and I am the girl behind Fronie Mae Bakes and P.S. I Don’t Know What I’m Doing. Check out my About page to the left for more info and don’t forget to check me out on Social Media.

DIY Bleached Stormtrooper T-Shirt

I love t-shirts, especially unique Fangirl ones. Here is a little tutorial on how I made myself a Stormtrooper t-shirt using bleach and Sharpie markers. 

DIY Bleached Stormtrooper T-Shirt by Pamela Smerker Designs

Step 1:

Wash and dry the shirt you want to use.

Print out a template. I found a pumpkin carving pattern, which is perfect for this project. 

Step 2:

Place clear ConTact paper (with the paper backing still attached) over your pattern and trace the pattern with a Sharpie marker. 

Step 3: 

Remove your printed patter and place a cutting board or self healing mat under your ConTact paper on top. Tape down the corners of your ConTact paper down to keep from it from moving. Use a pair of sharp scissors or a razor blade and trim out the pieces that you want bleach to hit your shirt. 

DIY Bleached Stormtrooper T-Shirt by Pamela Smerker Designs

Step 5:

Place a piece of thick cardboard inside your shirt, so you have a flat surface and the bleach won't go through to the backside of your shirt. Go outside or in a very well ventilated space. I placed a paper towel on the edge of my design because it was a little breezy outside. This caught any extra splatters of bleach. (For some reason I didn't do it on the other side and well, there were little splatters.)

Step 6:

Poor bleach into a spray bottle (designate this bottle to bleach from now on). Spray your stencil and wipe away excess bleach as you go. 

Step 7:

Carefully take off your stencil and let your shirt dry completely. I was really excited with how it looked at this step, but then noticed the bleach was spreading! So my suggestion to you, spray lightly and don't feel you have to fill in the stencil completely. A little obviously goes a long way. 

Step 8:

I did end up with splatter marks on the left side of my shirt because I didn't protect it better. So I took my spray bottle and lightly spritzed around the front and backside of my shirt. This fixed my mistake and gave my shirt a fun looking texture. Let dry completely. 

DIY Bleached Stormtrooper T-Shirt by Pamela Smerker Designs

Step 9:

This step is optional. Since I over bleached my shirt a bit I wanted to fill in some of the details of my Stormtrooper. To do this, I simply taped my paper stencil down on to the shirt. Using Sharpie markers I filled in the spaces that needed details and shouldn't have been bleached. 

DIY Bleached Stormtrooper T-Shirt by Pamela Smerker Designs

Step 10: 

Wash and dry your shirt according to directions on shirt. 

DIY Bleached Stormtrooper T-Shirt by Pamela Smerker Designs

Since I used a men's shirt, I decided to cut off the collar and some of the sleeves to give this shirt more of a feminine feel to it. 

Even though this shirt didn't turn out quite how I had planned, I still love it and have received many compliments on it. I am ready to give it another try, using the less is more tip and see what happens. 

~Pamela

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