Tuesday, October 11, 2011

* Bleach Spider Web Halloween Shirt Tutorial

So this weekend, I made my sweet "C" this bleached halloween t-shirt 
out of a black shirt from her closet. 
It's super easy and only took a few hours to dry.

For this project, you will need a black cotton t-shirt,
a Clorox Bleach pen, and a piece of cardboard or heavy paper bag
to put inside the shirt to protect the back of the shirt.

Sketch your design with the bleach pen on the dry t-shirt. 
Be careful not to get any bleach on your work surface or your own clothes!
(see how I dripped on the table - that got wiped up quickly!)

Note: I did this project myself, I guess you could let older children do it, 
but I thought this craft was better as a grown up's job.

Here's the finished spider web and spider in bleach pen.
Leave it alone, laying flat somewhere out of the way (away from small kids and pets)
Leave the paper bag/cardboard inside your shirt for this step.

Watch the bleached areas, if you look carefully at this photo 
you can see the black fabric starting to turn orange.
When you have it "developed" to the color you desire, 
remove the cardboard or paper bag insert and
wash it out in the sink with soapy water. 
Be careful not to splash any bleach or bleach water on your own clothes!

Here's my crummy, out of focus photo of the wet, 
washed out t-shirt in my sink -- but you can see how it wasn't 
bleached out in some areas so I wrung out the excess water and went back and touched it up.

While the shirt was still wet, I re-inserted the paper bag
and I touched up all the splotchy areas with the bleach pen.
You don't have to wait for the shirt to dry to do this...

I let it sit on there for a 2 more hours. 
I don't have an exact time total to tell you, it's just kind of a look at it and wash it out 
when it looks the way you want it to kind of a project.

But, don't leave it on all day or the bleach can eat holes in your project!

That's better. 
Here's the shirt washed out in the sink with soap and dried in the dryer.
 I love the way it turned out
and the way black turns to orange when you bleach it is perfect for Halloween!

Close up of "C"s new Halloween t-Shirt.

My sassy little model sure likes it!
Happy Frugal Halloween Crafting!

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea


Renee said...

Now that is soooooooo cool..

AshHadAns said...

This is so cute! I am going to bookmark it for next year since my kids already have about five Halloween shirts each! How would you recommend washing it? By itself every time? Hand wash?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Great Question!!

I only hand washed it in the sink the first time to get the bleach out so it wouldn't bleach any other clothes. I plan to toss it in the machine with everything else from here on out! Easy Peasy!! : )

Pink and Green Mama

Liberty said...

I adore this idea so much!!! We might have to do this one :) Thanks for sharing!

Not So Average Mama said...

Totally pinned this on pinterest!! Going to stumble it too! Cute, easy project for sure!

Jaimee said...

What a great tutorial for an easy and cute Halloween project! I'm going to share this on my crafty facebook page : )
Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

Lovingmama said...

I read your post 7 minutes ago and now my daughter is a proud owner of a spider shirt!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets just say that outdoor bleach and a cue tip was what I had on hand and it worked fast. Made sure to rinse it well!!! Thanks for sharing =)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Loving Mama -- How funny are you? I love it, I do that all the time, see a fun project, drop everything I'm doing and make it right away. The Q-Tip is a great idea!

Pink and Green Mama

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Jamie -- Thank you for sharing! : )


The Zookeeper said...

This is a super cute idea!! Thanks so much for sharing.... AND you do have one of the cutest models ive seen!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ the Zookeeper-

Thanks! We sure like her ; )


Zina :: Let's Lasso the Moon said...

So neat! Last fall we did exactly the opposite. We placed leaves on t-shirts and then sprayed them with a bleach solution. It was fun to search for the leaves, but I actually like this idea much better. PS: Love the sassy cute pose.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Zina -- Spraying leaves sounds really cool, I wonder if they'd work better if you stuck them down to the shirt first with Elmer's spray adhesive?

pink and green mama

Lovingmama said...


Stevie @ MooreBabies said...

LOVE It! I am actually letting the bleach "rest" right now on a black tank for me :) I will let you know how it turns out!!
Moore Babies

Valerie @ Glittering Muffins said...

I didn't know that black turns orange when bleached! How cool is that! Thanks for sharing :)

Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum said...

This is wonderful - I will have to hunt around and see if we can get bleech pens in the UK if not it will be a paint brush job.

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