5 Easy Art Projects: Spray Paint T-shirts

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5 really easy and cool art projects for kids

Hey! It’s day 3 of easy art projects, and we are diving into spray-painted t-shirts. We actually spray painted a cami top, but this can pretty much be done on anything, including pants or your pillow case or the wall or the car! Yay!

Now, not all of you will want to let your kids use spray paint. If you are okay with it, just make sure you are using it outside, you aren’t standing upwind from the paint, and you wear a dust mask.

Spray Paint t-shirts are fun because they are really quick to make, and you get the feeling that you are a cool street artist when you are making them. But you’re not breaking the law with shirts! And you get to wear them! Double win.

spray paint t-shirt


  • Spray paint (We used Rustoleum Paint Plus satin paints in the colors Eden and Aqua)
  • Shirt
  • Doily


All you need to do is put a piece of cardboard inside your shirt (to protect from bleed-through), lay your shirt in the grass or on a surface you don’t mind getting paint on.



Whenever you paint on a shirt, it’s a good idea to wash it first to remove any sizing. After it’s dried, iron it flat so you have a smooth printing surface.

Grab the most lovely doily you can find, and lay it wherever you want it on your shirt. We didn’t secure it down with anything.



Spray the top half with the 1st paint color, and the bottom half with the 2nd paint color.

spray paint doily


Let it dry. Wash it. Wear it.

I’m not going to say easy peasy again, but I kind of said it, so there you go.

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See all 5 of the Easy Art Projects:

Day 1: Folded Paper Marker Drawings

Day 2: Inky Chalk Pastel Drawings

Day 3: Spray Paint T-shirts

Day 4: Smiley Face Paintings

Day 5: Cardboard Prints



  1. 09/11/2013 / 9:12 am

    yay! it is a doily! I knew it when i saw it on g+. this is really cool mama. love it.

    • 09/11/2013 / 8:39 pm

      You are good. I wish I could send you a million dollars for guessing that correctly- all I have is some more doilies, but if you give me your your address, I’ll pop them in the mail!

  2. 09/11/2013 / 12:47 pm

    Very cool. I will never look at a doily the same ever again.

    • 09/11/2013 / 8:38 pm

      Nor should you. Doilies were once somethign to be scoffed at, and are now raised to the level of high art. Right?

  3. 09/11/2013 / 7:49 pm

    I am loving this Easy Peasy art project ideas from you!! Easy peasy is my speed!

  4. 09/12/2013 / 8:01 pm

    I really want to make this! Is it a special kind of spray paint? And where’d I put those doilies…

    • 09/14/2013 / 8:43 am

      Saturday is the perfect day for a doily hunt! We used Rustoleum Paint Plus satin paints in the colors Eden and Aqua. I’m pretty sure they came from Home Depot.

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