Do you have kids who need a green t-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day? You can make t-shirts for the entire family with this neat technique I am going to show you below. This shamrock t-shirt can be made in less than an hour for adults or kids. It also comes with a pinch free guarantee on St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is always a day to have a little fun and wear a little green, unless you like getting pinched. I don’t. My kids don’t either. This year we have a little insurance with this cute DIY shamrock t-shirt.
DIY Shamrock T-Shirt
Materials Needed for Shamrock T-Shirt
5 colors acrylic paint (4 greens and one yellow) (these are the ones I recommend, affiliate link)
Cotton Swabs for painting (affiliate link)
T-Shirt (I used Yellow, this is similar to the one I used, affiliate link)
Stencil Sheets (These are the ones I used. I cut mine to fit. affiliate link)
Stencil Adhesive Spray (This is the one I used, affiliate link)
Paper or card board to protect from paint bleeding
Cricut Explore One™ Machine
Cricut File for Shamrock <- this is the cut file to make this shirt
Directions how to make a Shamrock t-Shirt
1. Gather your materials. I used my Cricut Explore One™ to design and cut out the shamrock shape and the word “LUCKY.” I found a simple Shamrock shape. You must have access to to Cricut Access™ in order to use the array of design possibilities. Here is a link to the Shamrock File for you to use.
2. Once the design is loaded, load your machine with a stencil sheet glossy side up on to the Cricut Cutting Mat.
For the best cut, use first Poster Board setting. Then cut out the design. No need to flip the design, since you will be working with the correct side of the image.
3. Cut out the shamrock image, then lift the stencil plastic off the cutting mat. Spray the back matte side of the stencil with stencil adhesive.
4. Find the center of the t-shirt by folding it in half. Align the stencil with the center of the shirt and stick down. Take a little time and go around the design and all the letters with your finger to really press the stencil on the t-shirt. This creates a seal, so no paint will leak underneath the stencil. I just love how crisp and clear the design is with this method.
5. Now the fun part. Get a few extra hands to help you paint the shirt. We use some simple cotton swabs for the paint brushes or you can use the eraser end of a pencil or even some sponge pain brushes. Whatever you want to fill the space. We used 4 colors of green and one yellow to create our camouflage look.
6. Once the entire image is covered with paint. Remove the stencil. I love using the stencil, since I can create more than one shirt quickly. Great if you you have several kids and want matching outfits!
I love that this stencil can be used over and over again for many shirts. Each child can create their own custom designs with larger sponges and different colors. Simply spray the back with spray adhesive one more time and stick down. In testing this out, you can use the stencil about 4-5 times before it starts sticking to the shirt. Going out on St. Patrick’s Day? Then wear matching t-shirts to spot everyone easily. A fun craft the entire family can enjoy.
How do you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?