Hi friends! I’m Kristen, I’m so happy to be here to share my polka dot project! I blog over at Capturing Joy where I like to share photo tips, DIY projects, and my family favorite recipes.
Recently, I made a glitter anchor shirt for all of my family to wear on a trip we took. I loved how it all came together, and I thought it would be fun to make a glitter polka dot t-shirt to share here.
I used vinyl paper as my stencil, because I like how it sticks to my surface (I also hear you can iron on parchment paper). I am fairly new to my vinyl cutting machine, and love it’s capabilities, but I haven’t invested a lot of time in figuring it all out. I think my blade broke halfway through my cutting process and wasn’t able to fix it. SOOO, I had my big dots at the bottom, which I planned to graduate up and have just a few spaced at the top. Instead I used a mini hole punch I had on the top half. I actually like how it turned out with my subtle color/polka dots with most of the attention at the bottom!
I found the template for the polka dots on the Silhouette program. I used fabric paint, glitter, and fabric mod podge. The painting part is pretty quick, but there are several drying stages that it’s best to find a good spot out of the way (unlike I did on my kitchen counter) for proper drying time.
Here are the basic steps
- Apply vinyl
- One coat of pain
- Let dry
- Second coat of paint
- Immediately douse with glitter
- let dry
- mod podge all over to seal in the glitter
- let dry overnight
- peel off vinyl
Here is a quick picture collage of the process (most taken at night with my cell phone) and the paint/glitter I used from Hobby Lobby. Conveniently with price tags on them, but I use their coupons from my phone for 40-50% off, and they are used for several projects. (If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby nearby, you can get them on Amazon. Fabric Mod Podge, tulip fabric paint, glitter.)
If I knew how to use my machine better I wouldn’t have had to piece together vinyl, but it all worked out!
I just love a little polka dots AND glitter in my life, and if you do, too, make yourself a fancy shirt! Thanks for having me over, Melissa!
Come see the Polka Dot Easter Bunny Free Printable I’m sharing on my site today!
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