Do you have a science or astronomy fan in your house? We do! And I love supporting the kiddo and her quest to learn more about the stars. Suddenly nothing is cooler than a movie or TV show set in space! Star Wars anyone? Dr. Who? She is in! Our families love of all things sci-fi, is what inspired today’s easy to make Galaxy shirt Tutorial!
So make this shirt – and boost your galactic swagger 😉
The best thing about making a Galaxy shirt is that you would have to try really, really hard to mess it up. It’s basically impossible to ruin! Don’t like that star you painted? Smear it and make it a constellation. Such a fun project.
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Here are some tips and tricks for making your own Galaxy Shirt…
~Make Your Own Galaxy Shirt~
You will need:
- A black shirt. Natural fabrics like cotton work best.
- Fabric or permanent acrylic paints, in cosmic colors.
- An old tooothbrush and white paint.
- A small spray bottle, and bleach.
- It takes very little bleach to mark up the galaxy shirt. I used a small spray bottle with 1 part bleach, to 2 parts water. You can spray the t-shirt directly to fade areas on the shirt to give it some dimension. For fun I twisted the center of my shirt in the middle and on the arm, before I sprayed. I really like the way this created a spiral of lighter colors on the shirt. I recommend trying that technique!
- You are going to want to skip this next step. But don’t! Let the bleach spots dry most of the way, and then stick the shirt into the washing machine on cold, with a little detergent. Dry shirt completely before continuing. This step stops the bleach from continuing to eat through your shirt, which can create holes. This is also the reason you dilute the bleach before you spray the shirt!
- The fun! I used an old rag to dab green, purple, grey, blue and purple into the shirt. Try to blend colors into each other for an especially spacey look!
- Stars! I took an old toothbrush and covered it in white fabric paint. Then I pulled back on bristles to create a spray of paint droplets. Practice this before you do it on the shirt to get the technique how you’d like it. Keep in mind that the closer you are to the shirt the bigger and more concentrated the stars will be!
- Use a small paint brush to add any additional stars you’d like. And if you feel like adding some fabric glitter – now is the time. Let your shirt dry!
- We’ve washed our shirt a few times now with very little fading. To help preserve the shirt consider washing in cold, inside out.
- Enjoy your Galaxy!
Still feeling a little unsure of the process? Here is a very short video I made showing you how we made our shirt! It really is a fun project, and perfect to let kids help with.
May “the force be with you” while you make this “timey wimey” Galaxy painting project! 😉