This method of printing a T-shirt is a bit involved, but it’s also pretty permanent (washable in cold water, hang to dry) and after a couple washes it gets soft (unlike acrylics). Now that I’ve done it once, I’ll definitely be doing it again.
- Anything you want to print onto – I buy plain T-shirts for $9.99 for 4 in Chinatown
- Crayons in the colour you want your design to be – in the video I used about 1 crayon’s worth of shavings for the “HOT” on my shirt
- A cheap pencil sharpener
- A toothpick
- Parchment paper
- A craft knife
- Paper and pen (or more crayons)
- An iron
- Peel the paper off of your crayons and use the pencil sharpener to shave the crayons down to a stub. Use the toothpick to unstick the sharpener when it inevitably gets jammed with wax.
- Draw the design or words you want to put on your shirt onto a piece of paper, and cut it out using the craft knife.
- Place the garment on a surface, and place a few sheets of newspaper inside it to prevent the wax from melting through to the back.
- Place the template on your garment. Sprinkle or arrange a single layer of crayon shavings over the holes in your template.
- Place a sheet of parchment paper over the garment, template, and crayon. Heat an iron and iron over the template, just long enough so that the crayon completely melts, just a few seconds. It will look like an utter mess and you’ll despair. But don’t give up.
- Leave the parchment paper on the garment for about a minute, until the crayon has cooled a bit. Then remove the parchment paper and template and behold your masterpiece!
- Allow the crayon to cool completely before removing the newspaper and trying on your garment.