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Galaxy Shirt

making a galaxy t-shirt
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This shirt is easy to make, and everyone notices when you wear it.  Try the technique with different dark colored shirts and you can have a whole wardrobe that is out of this world!

Here is what you will need:

  • T-Shirt, black works best
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Large plastic bag
  • Plastic gloves
  • Stiff paintbrush or toothbrush
  • Acrylic paint in various colors
  • Sponge brush or paintbrush


Put down newspapers, etc. because you will be spraying with bleach.  Bleach will remove color from many things, including carpet and furniture! Better yet– make this an “out in the garage” project.

Put the garbage bag inside of the shirt and spread it out best as you can.  The plastic will keep the bleach from bleeding through the fabric to the other side.  If you wish to do both sides of your shirt, you can!  Just do the other side after the first side has had time to dry.

Twist your shirt with your fingers in a few places.  Don’t forget the sleeves!

3:7 bleach to water is the ‘official’ bleaching recipe.  So that would be three teaspoons of bleach to 7 teaspoons of water. You only need about a cup of liquid to finish the shirt, unless you really, really like to spray bleach!

You have lots of time if you are doing this at home.  No rush!  As the color changes, you may wish to add a bit more bleach to some areas

This is so much fun!!! (And messy!)

Practice a bit in the sink or on a sheet of paper, if you need to.  If you dip a toothbrush into paint, then use your thumb to flick it, it really makes some fun ‘blobs’ on your shirt that look like just like stars! Try out some other ways to flick paint, and you will have lots of stars in your own personal galaxy.

Don’t be afraid to add some paint if you’d like.  You can add some water to the paint to make it more transparent, then streak it across the sky!  Add an ‘X’ to a blob, and it will look like a twinkling star!

Let your shirt sit outside, and it will dry quickly.  Rinse it out by hand in the sink with cold water.  Please don’t add your shirt to a load of laundry until you are sure it is clear of bleach.

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