How to Make Silkscreen T-Shirts Using Pantyhose

Silkscreening is not just for the pros, you can do it at home inexpensively with a few basic crafting supplies.

Silkscreening sounds like such a daunting project. Burning screens, layering colors and all the chemicals – a trip to the mall for a new shirt sounds a lot easier. However, once you try silkscreening with pantyhose you might not feel the same way.

Photo by: Jennifer Ramos

Jennifer Ramos

Suddenly everyone on your gift list will be receiving custom shirts. You will make monogrammed canvas bags for all your grocery shopping needs. Most importantly you will be sending your kid to school with the cutest t-rex t-shirt in the 2nd grade.

Check out this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins to find out all about screening T-shirts using pantyhose.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Tools and Materials

  • T-shirt
  • embroidery hoop
  • scissors
  • old credit card or hotel room key
  • fabric paint
  • decoupage medium

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Stretch pantyhose across an embroidery hoop. The size of the hoop will depend on the size of the design.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Draw or print the image you want to screen onto a piece of paper. Trace the image onto the stretched pantyhose.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Apply decoupage medium to the pantyhose, covering everything except the image. Everything without the decoupage medium will get screened (covered in paint). Allow the decoupage medium to dry completely and then repeat with a second coat.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Place the embroidery hoop on top of the t-shirt so that the pantyhose side is touching the shirt. Apply fabric paint on top of the design.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Use a piece of stiff paper or a plastic card to scrape the paint in smooth downward motions across the design (like a squeegee).

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Gently lift the screen and allow the shirt to dry. If any paint came through you can touch up with fabric paint or apply more decoupage medium before the next screen.

Photo by: Jennifer Ramos

Jennifer Ramos

Wash off the paint from the screen and repeat again and again and again.

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