diy hand painted valentine’s day shirts {& a giveaway!} *CLOSED*

diy hand painted valentines shirts

deco art sent me a bunch of fun SoSoft fabric paint and my girls and i set out to play!

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i grabbed a handful of shirts from walmart for a few bucks each.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 love all the fun colors i got to play with, especially the metallics!

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i got these “spouncers” at walmart as well, and they worked perfectly.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

after prewashing the shirts i used cardboard and file folders to protect the insides of the shirts.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 see?  perfect fit!

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i used my quilting ruler and “mark-b-gone” to make dots every 2 inches.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 can you see them?  teeny tiny.  when i made a mistake, i just sprayed a little water on them and poof!  they disappeared!

diy hand painted valentines shirts

for gracie’s shirt, i used the pretty metallic gold.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i just gently pushed the “spouncer” over the dot and kind of wiggled it to the perfect circle.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i left a few dots for the hearts.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 while i was working on their shirts, the girls got creative and worked on their own.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 so for the hearts i used freezer paper after the paint had thoroughly dried (about a day or so).

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i ironed the freezer paper over the dot, making sure the edges were down firm so i wouldn’t get any paint leakage.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

i used the spouncer again, this time with a bright coral paint.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i peeled off the freezer paper and voila!  a pretty heart!

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 lily’s shirt was the same theory, but without the hearts and a little more paint mixing.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i love that both of the shirts can work for valentine’s day, but also for any other day – so not super valentine’s-y, right?

diy hand painted valentines shirts

i started lily’s shirt at the top.  i chose several shades of red and pink, and put them in color order.  i used the darkest red for a couple rows, then mixed the darkest red with the next color for a couple rows.  then i used the second color alone for a couple rows, then mixed with the next lighter color… see what i mean?

do you want to test out some of decor art‘s fabulous products?!  deco art will send out this  basket of goodies to one lucky reader of mine – yay!

just tell me what you’d love to make with some deco art paint!




  1. 1
    Stacey butler says:

    I’d love to try an approach like this on some burlap waiting to be turned into pillows. Although, I love the shirts!

  2. 2

    How fun!! I keep seeing DIYs for polka dotted infinity scarves using a similar “dot” but always feel intimidated by the paint! If I got the baske I would definitely tackle that project first!

  3. 3

    I love the both the ideas and think it would be super cute on a scarf, or pillow , or tea towels – so many options! A perfect idea to share with my 6 yr old niece :)

  4. 4

    Oh these are just the SWEETEST!! I love making shirts for my kids and love doing freezer paper stenciling. I’d love to keep making shirts for my kids so that’s what I use them for!

  5. 5

    Adorable! I would like to copy yours and make a couple for my two girls! ;-)

  6. 6

    Okay! I want to use that so-soft fabric paint REALLY bad!!! I teach Kindergarten and need a few creative fun shirts to wear to school! I love the polka dot shirt! You just make me want to make one TODAY!! Thanks for all of your lovely ideas!!
    I love the Pleated Poppy!!!

  7. 7

    I would love to try this on a white blanket I have for our new baby!

  8. 8

    There are so many ideas swirling through my head right now. Bright designs on a scarf, a cute Easter table runner, designs on a plain tote bag or of course, shirts for my little ones! Your shirts are great!

  9. 9

    I’ve never tried the freezer paper stenciling-but have always wanted to add something cute to some pillows I have!

  10. 10

    The shirts turned out so cute! Your little girls are great models :) Heather

  11. 11

    That’s so fun…. I think I’d have to create something for my daughter’s upcoming 3rd birthday!

  12. 12

    I would make some cute shirts for my twins birthday!

  13. 13

    My two girls would love it if I made some shirts like yours for them!

  14. 14

    I would love to make a sweater with a big heart on it!! or a tee shirt! this is such a fun idea!

  15. 15

    Maybe some dish towels and I like the shirts.

  16. 16

    OOO, so cute! I would love to make our girls’ birthday shirts with this great stuff! We have a 3 year old birthday in March and a one year old bday in May. This would be perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Christy P says:

    I do not know who would ove this more, Meir. My daughter!

  18. 19

    Would love to try some paint out on a whole bunch of frames I’m getting ready to put up. Also have a burlap project I’m working on for my kitchen =)

  19. 20

    Would love to make some pillows with this fabulous paint- the shirts are really cute too!

  20. 21

    My daughter loves to paint, shop I think I would help her make some shirts.

  21. 22

    I’d totally copy this idea, but with a little car silhouette instead of dots and hearts, for my little guy. And I’d have to use orange–it’s his favorite color!

  22. 23

    You have such great ideas!!! I think I would use the paint on a very lightweight canvas fabric that would later be turned into pillows or a table runner!

  23. 24
    Stephanie says:

    Ooooo- how yummy. I’d try some fabric ‘canvas’ shapes for the wall. :-)

  24. 25

    I would love to make my daughter a T shirt just like Gracie’s.

  25. 26
    Melanie Townley says:

    I love the shirts, but I don’t have kids. Maybe a pillow. I would really like to try my hand at your “inspired” canvas!

  26. 27
    Aubrey Schow says:

    I would live to try a canvas decoration using the same idea as the shirts.

  27. 28

    Very cute! I would use the paint to copy Gracie’s shirt. Or for painting picture frames – my daughter’s new favorite craft.

  28. 29

    These shirts are adorable! I’ve been wanting to get some fabric paint to make a cookie monster face on my son’s shirt, he’s obsessed with cookie monster!

  29. 30

    I would love to try your diy. :-)

  30. 31

    There are a billion things you could do with these paints–clothing, home decoration, holiday projects–I think I would make a pillow with letters or numbers or a cool picture on it. Fun!

  31. 32
    Lisa Chaddock says:

    I’m always looking for good SOFT fabric paint, would love to try this on my kids’ holiday shirts!

  32. 33

    I’d love to make some onesies for my new little bundle of joy coming in April!

  33. 34

    I love to make monogrammed door hangings with deco-art paint! Your girls’ shirts are so fun! Love your creativity!

  34. 35

    Those shirts are really cut. I’d live to paint something fun on a shirt for my one year old!

  35. 36

    Those shirts you made are adorable! I would love to make matching shirts for my little girl and me;-) and tea towels for hostess gifts!

  36. 37
    Rebecca TerMeer says:

    I would definitely make some sweet shirts for my daughter and I would like to try some placemats for the kitchen! So fun:)

  37. 38

    i would love to try those shirts for my girls! the hearts are so cute, and i love how the color gradually changes on the dots. really nice!

  38. 39

    So cute!

    Did you know that you can use regular acrylic paint on fabric? Just add some acrylic medium. It thins the paint so it is more pliable once dry. No need to buy special fabric paints when you already have acrylic.

    You can also paint directly on fabric with acrylic paint by thinning it with water. It will turn out more like a watercolour as the paint will bleed into the fabric more but it will last forever.


  39. 40

    I love the idea of making a shirt like this. I might also pull out some canvas I have and do a sign. Or buy some wood and make a present for my FIL.

  40. 41

    I’d love to make some cute shirts for my 7 year old!

  41. 42

    Shirts for my daycare kids!!!! And I’m sure my 10 yo daughter would want to make something as well ;)

  42. 43

    It will be hard not to copy your cute t-shirt designs, but think I’d want to make a tote of some sort. And by daughter would love to try her hand at it, too!

  43. 44

    Loooooove this!!!! I wanna make one in my size AND a matching one for my daughter!!!
    I also painted a frame and filled it with burlap and I want to paint a monogram of our last name in the middle!!! Fingers crossed I will get chosen!!! Thanks for your fab DIY!!

  44. 45

    I am into making signs with reclaimed wood lately, so I would grab some wood and then paint on some choice quotes and words that I’ve been wanting to use! :)

  45. 46

    I would try to make shirts for my littles!

  46. 47

    I would love to make a couple shirts for baby gifts!

  47. 48

    I want to make some of those shirts for myself! So adorable!!

  48. 49

    Oh! I would love to try this same project with my kids!!! I love how your girls’ shirts turned out.

  49. 50

    My kids are so into making shirts lately, but they have been using sharpies. I would love to see them try out this paint!

  50. 51

    My little girl is about to turn one and I would love to make her her own “I’m One” shirt using the paints. Thanks for sharing your ideas, they turned out super cute!

  51. 52

    I’d stencil cute patterns on canvas tote bags.

  52. 53

    I’ve been wanting to make your “inspired canvas” for my girls’ room and maybe I’ll try to make a couple tshirts too!

  53. 54

    I have a lot of nieces and nephews (by a lot I mean 14) and this would be a fun project to do with them. I think they would love it!

  54. 55

    I’d make some fun dinosaur pillow cases for my boys!

  55. 56

    What a great project for the kids! I would love, as a Valentines art project in homeschooling, to have the kids decorate the fronts of their own shirts and then, on the back, have each sibling write words of encouragement and love for each other. A real `Love Shirt`!
    Thanks for posting such a great idea!

  56. 57

    oooh! Let’s see…I have a pile of tshirts, some plain burlap that could be made into a fun banner, and some cool frames and canvases that can be painted. And that’s just the start!

  57. 58

    Oh, I have been wanting to do some hoodies for myself and my kids… and also a beach bag for my daughter would be so cute!!

  58. 59

    Would love to make a shirt like this for my granddaughter, but pillows and tea towels would be next.

  59. 60

    Ooooh! I like Lily’s shirt! I’ve thought about decorating shirts with paint for me, but haven’t quite taken the plunge. :)

  60. 61

    i’d love to try some fabric paints – it has been a long time since i’ve painted on fabric. i’m sure fabric paints have made a lot of progress since the last time i used them.

  61. 62
    Christine F says:

    I would make some fun shirts with my son! :)

  62. 63

    Ooh. I like the scarf idea! I was thinking to put a giant heart on a tee shirt or two. I would be a great gift for some of my friends.

  63. 64
    Amy Webber says:

    I’m loving those shirts! I’d love to use the paint on shirts or pillows! :)

  64. 65

    Love your shirts! My kiddos need new ones too, so I’d use the paint to make some for them :)

  65. 66

    love the shirts! I’d love to win-wanting to make a few shirts for our upcoming disney cruise!

  66. 67

    I love the tees! And since I just found out I’m expecting my first born .. I think I could have some major fun with onesies!!

  67. 68
    Shanna Uptergrove says:

    I got a beautiful hand painted shirt from an awesome shop- now my 9 year old daughter wants to paint her own shirts with her own artwork!!! I would LOVE to give this basket to her so she can unleash her creativity!!!
    shanna.u at gmail dot com

  68. 69

    I think I would make the super cute heart shirt you made a while ago. I just love it!

  69. 70

    What a fun basket of goodies! :(

  70. 71

    Oops…that was seriously supposed to be a smiley face! :)

  71. 72

    I have been wanting to try freezer paper stenciling. I have some fun ideas rolling around in my head!!

  72. 73

    I love the t shirt idea but I would like to try this on hand towels w all different color dots to go in my bathroom. Love the scarf idea too.

  73. 74

    I think I’d like to copy your polka dot idea onto a tea towel to make some fun Valentine’s day towels and a scarf would be fun too!

  74. 75

    The shirt idea is super fun!
    I am getting ready to redo my son’s room and I would love to do some new pillows/curtains for his room using the paint!
    Thanks for the offer!

  75. 76

    I think name plaques on bedroom doors would be fun to do too.

  76. 77

    I love the shirts, but I have grown boys so maybe a pillow using the freezer paper stencil. I would also like to eventually try making your “inspired” canvas!

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    Angel Luyster says:

    The ideas are endless!! I could make a matching tshirt outfit for my girl and her doll, I <3 the scarf idea also! I love painting so I could come up with many more ideas too! Painting the outside of a fabric scrapbook album, my 12 year olds bday is on easter this year so I could go crazy with that also! See, the ideas really are endless….lol

  78. 79

    Matching (by theme anyway) shirts for my family for “Beach Week”! Fun!

  79. 80

    I would love to attempt to make some shirts .

  80. 81

    I’d love some matching shirts for my troop, I have 6 kids =)

  81. 82

    These came out SO cute, Lindsey! I would love to do something similar on a canvas tote bag!

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    amy miller says:

    oooowwwww- pick me, pick me! I just grabbed me a $3 gray sweatshirt at Forever 21 and have been wanting to add a big glitter heart like your heart baseball tee awhile ago. Plus I think I would make me some shirts like your girls for me and my girl, and then maybe some valentines dish towels, and then probably start thinking of Easter and what we could do there. OOOHH, and my boys are starting baseball soon and I need to make me a team mom shirt, but not too cheesy, maybe I could do something non-basebally, but use their team colors to still feel like I was supporting them. I have about 10 more ideas, send me that box!

  83. 84

    I would love to try making a canvas or pillow similar to Red Letter Words creates. It would be fun to practice although I’m sure mine would not be as beautiful!

  84. 85

    How fun! And super cute! I’d love to try it.

  85. 86

    Oh I would love to win this. My supply is done to nothing. Thanks for the chance.

  86. 87

    I’d use my awesome silhouette and make a pillow for my couch!

  87. 88

    I would love to make some canvas bags for my three girls.

  88. 89

    I would love to make the exact same thing!

  89. 90

    i’d love to borrow your idea for a tote bag, or the paint would be great for the “decorate a onesie station” we’re having for my sis in law’s baby shower!

  90. 91

    I’d love to make some of those shirts and a little bit of everything else!

  91. 92

    I’d love to make those shirts with my nieces, they LOVE projects! Thanks for the chance to win and the GREAT DIY project!

  92. 93

    I want a polkq dot/rainbow shirt. My daughter does too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  93. 94

    This would be perfect for making onesies at my friend’s baby shower.

  94. 95

    I would SO make some of those shirts!!! They are a.dor.a.ble!!!!

    Even if I don’t win, I’m still making the shirts :)

  95. 96
    Jenn Khurshid says:

    Super cute shirts! I have been wanting to decorate some canvas totes.

  96. 97

    I would love to try out some cute shirts like the ones you made.

  97. 98

    I’m not super creative, but I would definitely try to make one ot those shirts for my girls!! Those are ADORABLE!!

  98. 99

    I would make that awesome pink/red shirt

  99. 100

    I think I would try a tee shirt or a pillow…how cute your shirts turned out!

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    Stacey Morgan says:

    Ooh! How cute – I want to make a shirt just like Lily’s…but for me…and I’m 37 ;P

  101. 102

    I would love to make a cute beach cover-up to help me deal with cabin fever!

  102. 103

    I’m picturing a cute pillow cover!

  103. 104

    Something crafty for my daughter’s bedroom…that she doesn’t have yet. We’re in the proccess of selling our house and are bunked in my in-laws house for now.

  104. 105

    I would love to make some shirts for my little girl with these paints! She would have so much fun helping!!!

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    Rebecca Parsons says:

    I would also love to make some shirts for my girls out of this. Or cover up some stains. ;)

  106. 107

    Such a cute idea! I don’t know which shirt I like best. I’d probably make each of them for my girls too! :)

  107. 108

    Love your t-shirt designs!!! I would paint on t-shirts and onesies!!! Thanks for the chance!!

  108. 109

    I’d love to make some tote bags to take when we go sing gospel music or fun t-shirts for the girls. Thank you for the giveaway!

  109. 110

    I want to do exactly what you did! I can’t tell you how much I love this project!

  110. 111

    I would love to try something like the heart shirt you made with gold.
    Thanks for such a cute idea.

  111. 112

    Cute shirts!! I would love to make tote bags with the paint!

  112. 113

    Shirts, shirts, shirts!! So many fun ideas to do with these paints!

  113. 114

    Shirts, canvas bags, towels, etc. :)

  114. 115

    Probably some shirts for me and my little girl. The kids also need new bags for AWANA – so that would be second. So many fun ideas!

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    Michalina Peterson says:

    How fun! I would love to create something fun for my girls room on canvas. I have a few ideas that I’ve been saving a few canvases for:)

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    gypsyamykate says:

    I’ve wanted to do your “family rules” project for a while now. I’d use these paints to paint the canvas edges…can’t wait to get started!

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    I just picked up a package of 3 totes to try and create for both my daughter’s teachers. Each family gets a month to ‘love’ on their teachers by bringing their favorite drink, candy, stand in for them during car pool or recess so they can take a break…whatever. So my girls wanted to make canvas bags for their teachers. The paint would be an incredible gift as they could broaden their horizons versus using 2-3 paint colors.

    After seeing your heart shirts I would like to try Lily’s shirt idea but in a larger version on a shower curtain with a simple bird or flower stencil. Having the darker colors at the bottom and gradually lightening at the top….to cool.

  118. 119

    Throw pillows, tea towels, t-shirts!! Love this idea! We homeschool too and would enjoy creating these with my children.

  119. 120

    oh my gosh i love the ombre dots!!!! i want to make these for my girls!

  120. 121

    love both the tees! not super valentiney so they can be worn all year. is the so soft product available in stores? i would make myself a tee and maybe a similar one for my son (he’s only one so i can get away with it for another year right?).

  121. 122

    I love your ombre dots design! My girls are crafters-in-training, so they would love to make their own shirts. I would like to make a tote for my grandmother and some towels for the kitchen. :)

  122. 123

    I would love to make copy cat shirts like the two you made! You make working with paint look so easy! And maybe try making a dotted canvas bag!

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    stephanie says:

    I would love to make matching shirts for my daughter and I:)

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    I would love to make some ” i [ heart ] u ” personalized shirts for 5 of my nieces. We love doing crafts when we’re together — painting nails, doing hair, making snowflakes, putting together garland. It would be so fun to give them each a “made by Aunt Jane” shirt.

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    LauraKandell says:

    So cute. I am inspired by your posts all the time

  126. 127

    I would love to make the tee shirts just like you did!

  127. 128

    I know I am an adult, but I really one want of those shirts above!!! I would make it with silver dots and then a red or black heart accent!

  128. 129

    Adorable. What a cute and easy idea.

  129. 130
    Carol Yoon says:

    I would love to paint on my bedroom walls!

  130. 131

    I would do some pillows and shirts and some cute polka for scarves. I’d love to some stripes!!

  131. 132

    Wow love this, would love to try to make it!

  132. 133

    i would love to make the tshirts with my nieces soo fun!

  133. 134

    I’d love to make some matching shirts for my boys!

  134. 135

    What cute shirts you made! I would paint sweet little red or pink hearts on the sleeves of some of my daughter’s tshirts. And, make a heart pillow for my bed. So fun!

  135. 136

    Making a shirt sounds fun! Or just painting on a canvas with my kids.

  136. 137

    I would love to win this great giveaway!

  137. 138

    These are adorable! I love them! What a great idea!!!!!!

  138. 139

    I would love to try this paint on some shirts for the kids and our upcoming trip to Disney!

  139. 140

    I’m not sure but it looks fun to work with.

  140. 141

    I would love to make some t shirts for my boys. These look like great products to work with! Thanks for the give-a-way!

  141. 142

    It’d be fun to try and make a few pillow covers for my living room.

  142. 143

    I’d love to make a tote!

  143. 144

    Fun! I’d probably fancy-up some plain onesies for my son.

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    Sweaters, tops, shirts, contemporary, modern, outerwear, dresses, jackets, pants, suits,
    blazers, theory.

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