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DIY Grid Tee

DIY Grid Tee
Grid patterns have been all over the internet, especially Pinterest. It was a huge trend for Autumn/Winter 2013. I really liked the literal take on the trend and wanted to re-create the look for less. I decided to go with a classic b&w grid for an easy, bold DIY.
Supplies you will need :
  •  Plain White T-Shirt (mine’s from Gap)
  • Black Fabric Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Masking Tape
  • Cardboard or thick paper bag
Steps from Left to Right:
  1. Start with a blank white or solid color tee of your choice.
  2. Make sure your shirt is ironed/wrinkle free before you start taping. I used the shirt hem as a guide and placed my first piece of tape just above the actual hem. I made sure the tape was long enough to hang off the side and just taped the ends onto my craft mat to keep the shirt from shifting. 
  3. Depending on how thick you want your grid squares will determine how much spacing you should have between each piece of tape. (I placed two pieces of tape on top of each other and used that as my guide for how large I wanted my grid square to be.) As far as the actual space for painting the line, I eyeballed it, but I would say no more than 1/4-1/2 an inch. It really depends on what type of look you are going for. Have fun and play around with it. The options and patterns are endless! 
  4. Now for the fun part! Once your done taping, make sure to add a piece of cardboard or thick paper bag inside of the shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back. (I used an Olive Garden take out bag but if you have spare cardboard on hand that would be even better!) Then start painting! I added water to my fabric paint to make it less thick and easier to paint onto the shirt. 
  5. Let dry for 30 minutes to an hour and then peel the tape off.
  6. Your done with the first part of the grid! I think this would be cute just to wear on it’s own. Especially with blue or hot pink stripes. 
  7. Repeat #3 and #4, just make sure you are taping vertical instead of horizontal. 
  8.  Let dry. 
  9. You now have a completed grid t-shirt!

I’m really happy with the way mine turned out and it was surprisingly very easy.  I got the idea to use masking tape from this adorable Notebook Lined Tee DIY. There are so many different possibilities, patters and colors that can be combined. Is this a trend your willing to try? I would love to hear your ideas on how you would DIY the grid trend, and if you already have, please share links!

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