St. Paddy's Day Bleach T-Shirt

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Bleach Tshirt

Get into the spirit and be pinch proof for St. Patrick's Day with a fun shamrock T-shirt. I never plan what I'm going to wear for simple holidays, like St. Patrick's Day, but when the day comes, I'm wishing I had the perfect shirt. And now I do! 

I love the mystery of using bleach to create a fun shirt.  You never really know how it's going to turn out. I used a 1:1 ratio of water and bleach and was delighted when mine came out with a bit of an ombre affect. I thought I'd touch up the shamrock with the bleach pen to give it a more defined line, but just the opposite happened, which I think gives it a more artistic feel. This can easily be worn to the gym, with jeans or dress it up a little with a colorful scarf and jacket.  I'm in love with my new bleach t-shirt and can't wait to wear it!

What you'll need

  • Tee Shirt
  • Bleach Pen
  • Shamrock template
  • Bleach
  • Squirt bottle
  • Water
  • Thick piece of cardboard or plastic cutting board
  • Drop Cloth
Helpful Tip:

If you want a more bleached out look, use a higher concentration of bleach in your spray bottle. This method works best on darker colors.


Experiment with other shapes, or barriers. Stencils, doilies, or shaped objects make interesting t-shirts.

How to make it

  1. Bleach tshirt

    Gather and assemble your supplies onto a drop cloth either outside or in a garage. I filled the water bottle with a 1:1 ratio of bleach and water.

  2. Shamrock Craft

    Before placing your shamrock template onto your t-shirt, place a plastic cutting board or thick piece of cardboard inside the shirt to avoid your bleach mixture into absorbing into the backside of your t-shirt.

  3. Bleach T-shirt

    Spray your t-shirt with the bleach / water solution.  When you think you've applied enough solution, remove your shamrock template and allow to dry.

  4. St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

    Once your t-shirt is dry, use the bleach pen to trace the outside of the shamrock. Allow to dry completely before washing on cold.


  5. For more inspiration, find Kim at Today's Creative Blog.

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