Sadly I have been putting off typing up such an easy DIY for this just because I am lazy.
Anything written in red is an edit from me or a suggestion.
What you'll need: (I got everything from Hobby Lobby)
- straight pins
- spray paint (blue and red; I made three shirts with just one can of each, so one can should be good)
- adhesive stars* (if you can't find adhesive stars, or any stars, just make a pattern for a star out of cardstock and trace enough for your shirt)
- Lay the shirt out flat and cut strips of duct tape out one by one.
- Make sure you've distributed an even coat and let it dry for about 10-15mins...enough time to where the paint on the tape is dry, allowing you to handle the shirt without it marking up the white space. (I did mine in the heat and left the shirts in an area dirrectly in the sun, so they only took 5 mins to dry.)
- Next, peel the adhesive backing from the stars and place them down. IMPORTANT: Use the pins to pin down the corners of the stars so that the paint does not get under the star making it look sloppy. If you have enough pins, go back and pin down the inner edges too. (I had enough to do this on mine, a size small) (If your stars don't have adhesive, be sure to spray them from directly above.)
- Cut along the lines you traced/drew. Be aware though! If you traced a tank, the neck line may be different in the front and back so be careful. (Make sure your lines touch on the arms and shoulders in the front to the arms and shoulders in the back.)
If you want your shirt to look like this:
- Fold the shirt in half and line off a triangle shape section at the fold (with tape, etc) making the bigger end of the triangle and the tape near the shoulders.
- Cut strips about pinky width all the way to the bottom of the triangle. Open the shirt and pull each strip from one side across to the other causing the strands to curl and become longer.
- Next, take the second strings and pull it up and under the first string, and then back down. Now take the third string and do the same to the second and repeat. When you get to the bottom, repeat the whole process a few times depending on how narrow the bottom is and how difficult it becomes to 'braid.'
- When you are satisfied with how it looks, (I only did it twice) take the last strand and cut it in half and tie it of to the strip previous. (My last strand was too small so I just used white thread and sewed it down to the shirt.)
- Note: I spray painted the back of the shirt before I cut it and once the 'braid' was finished. (I did the braid first and then covered up the braid with a bag when spraying the shirt. It just depends on how you want it to look.)
Will be adding Gabbie's finished product photos when my email decides to come back up... in 1-24 hours.
Below are some variations that me and my friend did: