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Begin preparing for Christmas with this Joy to the World T-Shirt. This sparkly DIY shirt is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Follow the step-by-step instructions to dye your shirt in ombre fashion, then create the center graphic with various holiday words. Add some sparkle and you're ready for any holiday party you attend this year. This would also be a great idea for a kids t-shirt, too. Have your whole family get into the festivities with this fun shirt.
Joy to the World T-Shirt

Materials:

  • Tulip® Fabric Markers® Multi 12 pack  
  • Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit® Luau  
  • Tulip® Cordless Heat Setting Tool™
  • Tulip® Glam-It-Up!™ Iron-On Crystals™ Multi-color  
  • Water bowl
  • White T-shirt 100% cotton
  • Iron
  • Wide flat paintbrush
  • Disposable plastic table cover
  • Freezer paper

Instructions:

  1. Wash T-shirt without fabric softener and do not dry.
     
  2. Cover work surface with plastic table cover. Lay damp T-shirt on work surface.
     
  3. Wearing gloves from kit, mix Lime dye according to package instructions. Fill bowl with water.
     
  4. From bottle, apply dye along top one-fourth of T-shirt. Working quickly, wet paintbrush and brush dye downward toward bottom of T-shirt. Dip brush in water as needed to move the dye and blend color, creating a darker look at top to lighter at the bottom. Continue until desired gradient is achieved. Cover with plastic table cover and let dye set 6-8 hours.
     
  5. Rinse shirt in cold running water until water runs clear. Wash and dry shirt as directed.
     
  6. Iron freezer paper to inside front of shirt to create stable drawing surface and prevent ink seepage to back of shirt.
     
  7. Use Fabric Markers to write out holiday words, using different writing styles and drawing doodles around each word.

    Joy to the World T-Shirt
     
  8. Use Tulip® Heat-Setting Tool to embellish design with crystals as desired.
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