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DIY Ombre Stenciled Graphic T-Shirt

I had fun doing this easy and simple t-shirt DIY using a people stencil, fabric paint and some iron-on letters. I wanted to have fun with color for the print of this shirt, but I also feel like this would be super cute made in all black with black letters. I'm usually inspired by popular culture and a lot of my go to style involves it. This shirt looks like your'e wearing art! Check out how I made it below.

DIY Ombre Graphic Stenciled T-Shirt


  • T-Shirt

  • Fabric Paint

  • Sponge Brushes

  • People Stencil

  • Iron-On Letters


  1. Start by ironing and getting the wrinkles out of a fresh basic t-shirt for easy stencil application.

  2. Lay the shirt on a flat surface and insert a scrap piece of cardboard inside the shirt. This helps to avoid the back and the front of the shirt from sticking together. (Tip: I like to save the cardboard inserts from construction and card-stock paper in craft stash for crafts like this).

  3. Place the stencil on the desired area on the front of the shirt. Secure the stencil using tape around the edges/perimeter of the stencil.

  4. Use a sponge tip brush to dab on the fabric paint of your choice onto the stencil. (Tip: I find that using another object to keep pressure on the stencil in areas where the fabric paint is being added is helpful to ensuring a well stenciled design).

  5. Remove the stencil after the fabric paint is covering the entire open areas of the stencil.

  6. Then, optionally add iron-on letters to complete the look so it's known who's on the shirt.

And that's all it is to it for this ombre stencil t-shirt DIY. Come say hey and share your t-shirt and other DIYs @Craftingwithcass on Instagram.

Watch the video featuring this shirt and a stenciled home decor canvas!



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