Going Batty T-Shirt
Making a Glittery Bat Shirt is Easy and Affordable!
Seasonal shirts with ‘bling’ can be pricey. Our going batty t-shirt craft comes together quickly and is a perfect craft for making with your young fashionista!
- Black or dark colored t-shirt*
- Pack of Foil Bat Cutouts* – or any cutout that will block the paint will work
- Creepy Cloth*
- Silver Glitter Soft Fabric Spray Paint – we found this Simply Spray version at Michael’s Crafts – with our coupon it was under $3
- Work area, including a large work surface/drop cloth to ‘catch’ any extra paint
- Cardboard or paper for the inside of the shirt, to keep the paint from ‘bleeding’ through
*The shirt, bats and creepy cloth were all purchased at DollarTree
To Bling The Bat Eyes Out
- Iron On Bling – We are using Horizon Iron On Rhinestones for the bat eyes – this was the first time I tried these – they went on great!
- Iron, ironing board or heat resistant surface
Prepare Your Shirt
- First layout your t-shirt. Because working with a pre-washed shirt (removing any sizing in the fabric) will keep the paint color from fading on the first wash.
- Next, insert scrap paper or a piece of cardboard into the shirt because it will act as an easier surface to paint on, in addition to keeping the paint from ‘bleeding’ to the back of the shirt.
- Spread out the creepy cloth onto the shirt (we draped ours to one side).
- Next, place your bat cutouts on top of the cloth. The cutouts will ‘collect’ the paint, leaving the shirt color underneath, acting as a reverse stencil.
Spraying Your Shirt
- Next get to spraying! Spray away – remember a little goes a long way with the spray paint TIP – take a practice spray on some scrap paper to set a sense of how much paint will come out and how quickly
- Allow the shirt to dry completely. We kept ours laying flat overnight – it was perfectly dry by morning!
- Finally, remove cutouts and creepy cloth. Your shirt is ready!
We were able to add some rhinestone bling for the bats eyes. We didn’t want to have to pay for a special tool or spend to much on them. The solution came in the form of iron on ‘bling’. I found this multi-color bling sheet at one of the big craft supply stores, near the fabric paint.
- The rhinestones stick to the clear acetate cover. So to use them cut out the ones you want to use and place them on the fabric. It is the extra acetate that adheres them to the fabric, the extra acetate sticks to the fabric.
- Next, turn the fabric inside out and iron the area where the rhinestones have been attached. Allow the fabric to cool, turn right-side out and remove acetate.
- Lastly, your going batty t-shirt is now ‘blingy’!
We love making this craft and our daughter loved wearing her very own fashion creation!