DIY Neon Striped Shirt

DIY neon striped shirt

Uh oh folks, I’ve discovered that I can make my own striped shirts. Me thinks this could quickly become a problem. After spray painting half my yard making a colorful sunhat and some craft fail bobby pins I decided to try making a neon striped shirt instead of boring ol’ black.

neon stripes shirt how to DIY a neon striped shirt

You’ll need:

  • T-shirt
  • Neon spray paint
  • Painter’s or masking tape


1. Tape off the stripes on the shirt. I measured a 1/2 inch width for the neon stripes and 1 inch width for the white stripes in between (that’s how wide my tape was which made it easy). I started from the top and worked my way down.

2. Insert cardboard into the shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through. And tape down paper towels or plastic to cover every part of the shirt you don’t want painted.

3. Paint! I gave mine 2 coats, letting it dry in between.

Caroline saw my pink shirt in progress and convinced me to make her one. We had fun adding color to a few of her tank tops.

neon stripes


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  1. says

    I hope you don’t mind… but I used this wonderful idea for a polyvore set. In the details I made sure to add a link to your site. Thank you so much for this idea!! :)

  2. says

    I like it! I wonder if it would be better on something that doesn’t need a wash to solve the bleeding wash problem? great idea.

  3. Tara@Tales of a Trop says

    cute! According to the fashion powers that be, neon is very in. I made a flag shirt like this last summer-but it wasn’t as fashion forward:)

  4. says

    This is to stinking cute. What a great job. I would love it if you showed it off at my new linky party @

    I can’t wait to see what else you create.


    • gerbermom says

      I haven’t been able to wear it (the ginormous belly and all) but let me throw it in the wash tomorrow to test it out!

      • gerbermom says

        Ok, I washed it this weekend. I turned the shirt inside out to better protect the paint – and that was a mistake. It bled a bit to the back of the shirt. But the color stayed on great. I washed Caroline’s tank tops without turning inside out and that worked much better (no transfer). I would recommend washing the painted shirts by themselves the first time – maybe with a color catcher if you have one.

  5. says

    I am so addicted to stripes–this is such a fun idea! Guess I’m going to have to add some spray paint to my husband’s Home Depot list. :)

  6. says

    Y E S !!! this is SO cool. love your diy’s! keep em comin :)

    (i also wondered about the spray paint coming off in the washing machine…??)

  7. says

    Oh. I am SO doing this to a tank top. I wanted a yellow striped one from Old Navy, but have spent my budge for the month, now I know how I can get one like it though. Thanks friend!

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