glittered heart t-shirt

a few weeks ago my sister and i went into a high end boutique and saw this beautiful soft sweatshirt with a huge glittered heart on it – it was adorable!  and it was around $100.  not happening.  so i decided to make my own version!

i have been wanting to try a freezer paper craft for a long time, and finally did it!

the supplies are simple:

shirt – i used a raglan sleeve t from forever 21.  it was a little thinner than i’d suggest using, but i love the casual baseball style of the shirt contrasting with the sparkly copper glitter!

freezer paper


glitter paint

foam brush



pressing cloth

i used this multi-surface glitter paint from martha stewart crafts – i was really happy with the quality!

start by folding the shirt in half and pressing with an iron.

this line is to give you a guideline for centering your stencil.

next, get some sort of cardboard to put inside your shirt.  i used a gift box lid for mine.

be sure that the cardboard is centered and is wider than the stencil.

get scrap paper, fold in half, and start making heart templates.

make a few samples and choose your favorite.  i chose the bottom one.

next center the heart on your shirt.  notice how mine isn’t centered on the pressed line, but is centered otherwise?

thats why the pressed line is just a guideline!

next get the freezer paper out.  the shiny side is the side you put against the fabric.

fold the freezer paper in half, shiny sides together, then wrap the heart template over it.

cut out the heart stencil.

center the stencil on the shirt and press with a hot iron all around the edges.  be sure to get all the edges really well so the paint doesn’t seep under.  super duper important!

shake up the paint and start painting!

i started with the edges and dabbed it on, trying to get it as even as possible.

the left half i did more of a brushing technique and i liked it better.  i also wanted the heart to be more of a solid glitter so i did 2 more coats, allowing it to dry between coats.  i probably could’ve stopped at 2 coats because my heart turned out to be a bit stiff.

then i set it in the sun to dry completely.

the freezer paper peels off easily.

a nice sharp edge!

to make sure the paint stays on through the wash, i covered the shirt with a pressing cloth and pressed it a few times to heat set it.

all done!


  1. 1

    Super cute!!!!!

  2. 2

    Love it! Can’t wait to try this!

  3. 3

    Thank you for posting this!!! I have been looking for a project that allowed me to use the Martha Stewart glitter paint! Now, I have an excuse to go buy it :)

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    Nadir@StitchSense says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, I may need to try this sometime :-)

  5. 5

    sooo cute! i should totally do a project like this. i even have the glitter paint.

  6. 6

    Love this! how cute!

  7. 7

    Super cute! Have you washed it yet? I want to know how it does!

  8. 8

    Oh I love this. How cute. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much for posting!!

  9. 9

    Really cute! I haven’t tried freezer paper but this looks easy enough!

  10. 10

    This is a good craft for my daughter and I to work on today.

  11. 11

    What a cute idea – I am totally going to try this if you can tell me what freezer paper is? I have seen wax paper and have parchment paper. Would it be called anything else? Keep up the great blooging, Lindsey – you inspire me every day!! :o)

  12. 12

    I’ve been meaning to freezer paper stencil something. Maybe I’ll get around to it one of these days… especially after seeing your cutie glittered heart shirt!

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    Tasha Rogers says:

    Can you wash the shirt?

  14. 14

    My teenage girls would love this craft. I will have to try this with them. Thanks for the idea.

  15. 15

    I like this and have done the freezer paper stencilling before, but does the glitter come off on everything?

  16. 16

    Your shirt looks awesome! What a great fashion statement!

  17. 17

    Love it! My husband has done custom painted clothing for our girls but this looks adorable and simple enough for me to do it on my own. Thanks for sharing:)

  18. 18

    Wow! That is a fabulous shirt! I would never have even guessed how to do that so thanks for breaking it down like that. Now, I must try it…

  19. 19

    So cute! I’m going to try it with my daughter!

  20. 20

    SO cute!! I am definitely going to try this, where do you find freezer paper?

  21. 21

    How awesome.

  22. 22

    wow! So cute! i want one!!

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  24. 24

    so cute! thanks for sharing!

  25. 25

    awwww! this turned out SO cute!!!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  26. 26

    This is SO AWESOME. It kinda reminds me of puffy painting I used to do on my shirts and socks when I was a kid. Super fun!

    – Sarah

  27. 27

    THat is REALLY cute!!! See you at SNAP, excited about your booth at the market!

  28. 28

    Holy Moly! I LOVE it! This turned out SO good. I know exactly what sweatshirt you saw (I would still buy it with the price tag. Haha) Great DIY!! You look fantastic.

  29. 29

    Oh my goodness, I love this! I am going to have to give it a try. And you make it look so easy! The other day I saw a tutorial for something similar and it was long and tedious, this one will actually work for me! The shirt turned out great, too!

  30. 30

    Love it! You are completely rockin’ that shirt! I’ve done this technique before, but always with fabric paint. I’m totally going to check out that Martha sparkle paint!

  31. 31

    I love this! Thanks for sharing it! I would love to try it for my kids.

  32. 32

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting the tutorial on this. Ever since I saw the glitter heart tee on you I have been waiting and checking and waiting and checking and waiting and checking to see the tutorial. You have made my day! And my weekend because this is project #1 for the weekend.
    And this is one I’m sure my sweet little girl will love just as much.
    Thanks! Love your blog.

  33. 33

    Soo cute! Love the glitz mixed with the casual feel!

  34. 34

    what a fun idea! my mind is going crazy now thinking of all the designs i’d like to put onto some shirts for me!

  35. 35

    This is sucha great idea!!

  36. 36

    followed your tutorial to make a shirt of my own – love it! thanks for the great tips…can’t wait to wear my new glitter heart shirt :)

  37. 37

    That is such a good idea and looks fantastic. Thank you X

  38. 38

    This is such a cute idea! Can’t wait to try it, thank you :)

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