Making Stuff: Easy DIY Screenprinted T-shirt {zip screens}

by This is Carrie on July 18, 2012

Princess loves giving handmade birthday gifts. With her group of friends age 9 (going on 15) this one was quickly deemed one of the “coolest” she’s ever made.


Blank T-shirt (she picked a neon yellow one from Target)

Zip Screens and Zip Screens Paint

Scrap piece of cardboard the size of the screen

Iron-on rhinestones

Martha Stewart Multi-use Heat Tool (optional)

Until now, screen printing has been reserved to those who have the expensive equipment to “really” do it or those who have the time to do the “cheater” version. These Zip Screens are the real deal and are easy enough for a nine year old.  The paint and squeegee process of traditional screen printing is combined into an all-in-one applicator which means it’s not only easy, but a cinch to clean up.

Once the paint is pulled through the screen (which has a reusable tacky back to keep it in place), it is then peeled off to reveal the finished product–everyone’s favorite part.

Since sparkles are all the rage with the 9 year old crowd, we added a few iron-on rhinestones. In the past, I’ve clumsily done it with my iron, but this past year, I won a Martha Stewart multi-purpose heat tool from the So Cal Social event I attended, so we decided to try it out.  I’m totally sold.  Love that little tool.

Princess loved her shirt so much, it was hard to convince her to take it off and wrap it up for her friend




Susan C July 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm

What store can you buy this at?

Sage March 18, 2017 at 11:48 am

Where can you buy the stuff for this?

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