NATIVE prints!


Dear Diary,

Spring cleaning in my apartment consists of me and my roommate “helping” each other by going through all our clothes in the hopes of purging and reorganizing.  It’s such a freeing feeling to drop off a box of clutter at Goodwill, for someone else to enjoy (or to sit on a shelf there until I come back and repurchase it).  We always think it will be good to go through everything together because we’ll need each other to be the voice of reason, but we just end up justifying why we should keep everything, even though it hasn’t been worn/used in over a year.

During a recent session, after no visible progress, we had to get real (watching an episode of Hoarders helped) and drop the hammer.  We became brutally honest with one another and with ourselves and started to make some actual progress…toss it, sell it, donate it.  Or if you’re me: REDO IT!  I took one of her old, holey (is that a real word?), stretched-out tees and decided to paint it.  I’m in love with native prints and thought I would turn it into my very own TRIBAL PRINT TSHIRT!



*Masking Tape

*Fabric Paint

*Paint Brush


1. Tape off T-shirt in a tribal pattern.

2. Paint the geometric shapes different colors.

3. Let paint dry and remove tape.

4. After it’s dry, go back in and use skinnier tape to do detailing.

5. Wait for the smaller detailing to dry, then remove the tape.

There you have it – a gorgeous tribal print shirt!

For other ideas on how to change up your outdated T-shirts check out:  DIY – Tshirt Scarf

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  1. Jill @ Classy with a Kick says:

    I love this idea! I have a TON of fabric paint waiting to be used for something like this! So cute…


  2. Dia says:

    in my blog i usually just write the post and publish it. i haven’t been putting much effort into editing or improving my posts. looks like that is something i need to work on.

  3. Tamra says:

    Awesome. Can’t wait to try..

  4. Elizabeth says:

    nice post, thanks.

  5. Amie says:

    I love tribal prints!

  6. Dani says:

    great post thanks!

  7. Ellie says:

    This is a great diy!

  8. Danielly says:

    agree, it’s really nice…

  9. Mary says:

    It’s a nice post.thank you for share ~kenny

  10. Sara says:

    Love this! Thanks and keep up the good work.

  11. Adina says:

    Cool tutorial!

  12. Deena says:

    I’m very glad I stumbled upon your site. Such a great tutorial.

  13. Alex says:

    You look like the girl from the Barefoot Blonde blog!


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