Saturday, 17 May 2014

DIY Galaxy Print Cropped Tee

I've been writing this blog for over 3 years and to this day, a DIY tutorial I wrote back in 2011 is still one of my most popular posts! You can find the original DIY Galaxy Print T-shirt tutorial here. The photos are so embarrassing, it was a really quick post that I had no idea would get so much attention. So I've decided it's about time I updated the old thing and made a brand shiny new one!

I've got a few new tips for you and today I'm creating a galaxy design on this cropped dark grey tee from Primark. This one is more of a splattered tie-dye style but I'm still adding the tiny stars and planets! Any dark t-shirt will work, and the colour you use will effect how the bleach reacts and the colours you get. For example, black will turn red/orange with bleach and purple will turn pink with bleach.

What You Need

Dark Cotton Tee
Spray Bottle
Old Toothbrush
Old Sponge
Fabric Paints in Metallic colours - Dylon Paints
Fabric Paint in White - Dylon Paints
Plastic sheet (bin bag) to protect surfaces
Gloves (optional)

001. Spread out your shirt with a magazine inside to protect the bleach from soaking through to the back.

002. Water down your bleach in a spray bottle. I managed to find some Milton (which does the same job but it's not as strong) in a large spray bottle which allows me to spray wide areas and also have squeeze the trigger to release blobs of Milton here and there.

003. Spray lightly all over the shirt. Add some large blobs here and there with an old paintbrush.

004. Twist shapes into your shirt using your fingers and then spray lots of bleach directly on to the twists. These areas will be brighter and act as your 'galaxies'.

005. Wait for a red-orange colour to emerge. This may happen instantly or it may take up to 10 minutes to see anything at all. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the process.

006. Straighten out your tee again to reveal the twisted patterns. Add more blobs if needed.

007. Once you are happy with your design leave it to dry. You'll then want to give it a wash through in luke-warm water to get rid of excess bleach that will eat through your fabric if left for too long.

008. Once your tee is completely dry, you can start to create stars and planets with fabric paints. I used gold and bronze paints and added these to the bleach pattern to create depth with an old paintbrush. I splattered white fabric paint with a toothbrush, this really brings the whole design together and forms the 'stars' in the night sky.

009. When the fabric paint is dry you can give it a quick iron to seal in the paint and then feel free to wash and wear your shirt as normal.

Something to complete this weekend perhaps? Make this into an outdoor craft project and your tshirt will be dry in no time and you won't have to deal with the bleach smell. If you liked this DIY and you'd like to see more please check out my DIY Archive Page...



  1. I love this! You look so cute xo

  2. This is awesome, the final result is just amazing x

  3. Don't know if you know but there was a link on one of Susie Bubble's recent posts about your DIY marble nails, this led me to your blog and I can't stop reading! Such a lovely one :)

    Faye x

  4. What an interesting take on tie-dy/ acid washing. Very creative.

    xo.Janiecy.xo|A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  5. Fab! Love it :-)

  6. I've been reading your blog for quite some time and always adore your DIY projects :) Your DIY galaxy print tee was actually the first post I read in your blog. Without it I might not be able to scroll down and read through your posts now :)
    a reader from Indonesia

  7. Love the galaxy print, loved the tip

  8. What a great idea! Thank you very much for the inspiration. I will give it a try!
    Kingston Carpet cleaners

  9. haha you actually look really cute in the original post from 2011 <3
    And oh you are just so talented! the crop top looks excellent and the method looks so easy when you put it out like that. I hope to be able to try something like this soon. Thanks.

  10. Great post! Deffinetly going to try this :) x


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