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HALLOWEEN CUT-OUT SHIRTS


Everyone loves to dress up for Halloween, but what about the weeks leading up to Halloween night? It's nice to show your Halloween spirit by wearing Halloween themed shirts all month long! These shirts are an easy, inexpensive way to dress up and show your Halloween spirit. Using inexpensive long or short sleeved t-shirts found at craft stores and mass retailers, some fabric paint and scissors you can makes these in a day.

These cut-out shirts are easy to make, don't take much time and look nice. With a little fabric paint embellishment, you can make them your own style!

What You Need:
Two contrasting t-shirts
Fabric Paint
Scissors
Poster Board or Cardboard
Pencil or Pen
 

You need two shirts of different colors for each of these projects. We used one black and one orange for the Jack-O-Lantern shirt and one black and one white for the Spider Web shirt. We've discovered that if you outline the cut outs on the t-shirt the fabric is less likely to curl at the edges. You'll need the shirts, squeezable fabric paint in a variety of colors, a white chalk pencil (washable) and a pair of scissors for this project. You'll also need a large sheet of poster board to slip inside the shirt so the paint doesn't bleed through to the other side.

Jack-O-Lantern:
Set aside the black shirt, you won't be doing anything but wearing this one. On the orange shirt, mark out a Jack-O-Lantern face. Go over the design with glossy fabric paint in a squeeze tube. We discovered that doing so helps to keep the edges of the fabric from curling once it is cut. T-shirt material has a tendency to roll when cut, which would make the mouth look like a curled grin instead of a Jack-O-Lantern mouth. You can find long sleeve Tee's at craft stores.

We used "Glow-In-The-Dark Glowing Orange" fabric paint to outline our Jack-O-Lantern face. Place a piece of poster board or cardboard inside the shirt before you add the fabric paint or the layers of the shirt will stick together. When the fabric paint has dried, cut out the pieces inside of the paint line. Wear this shirt over the top of the black shirt and you have a simple but great looking Halloween Jack-O-Lantern shirt. You can use one long and one short sleeved shirt or both short sleeved. It depends on your own comfort.
Spider Web:
This one is a bit more intricate. You can use either a white or black shirt as the cut-out shirt. We used the black to cut the web and the white for the bottom shirt. It gave the spider web a more defined look this way. Lay the shirt out on a flat surface and draw a spider web pattern on it, leaving the web pieces about a half an inch wide. Place poster board or card board inside shirt before you add the fabric paint or the shirt will stick together. Use a glowing white or glow-in-the-dark squeeze fabric paint  to trace the lines of your pattern. When dry, cut out the areas inside the web lines.
We used Velcro dots to stick a Tarantula to our shirt for that extra kick! We used fabric glue to glue the dots to the shirt and silicon glue to glue them to the spider. You could also add some small plastic flies to the web, using fabric glue and run some small spiders down the arms or over the web as well. Needless to say, you'll have to wash this shirt by hand to clean it.

We hope you enjoy these inexpensive and easy ways to dress yourself up for the Halloween season! Not quite costumes, you can wear them anywhere before Halloween.

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