How to make….A Bleach Spray T-shirt

Evening All! I haven’t managed to post for a few days this week as my other half has been away with work and it’s just been me and baby and rather hectic! But I am back today with this fun tutorial on how to make a bleach spray t-shirt – I am really pleased with how it turned out! I just went with a very basic shape for this first one to keep things simple, but I did risk a cut out bit! It was really easy to make so I am going to definitely try another one – I quite fancy making one with the Eiffel Tower on it!

What you will need:

  • Plain cotton T-shirt
  • Thin bleach
  • A spray bottle
  • A stencil


For my stencil I used acetate paper, drew on a heart (I used a clip art picture to trace over so it was nice and symmetrical!) cut it out with a craft knife (just to get smooth lines and make the cutout bit easy but you could use scissors) and I attached it with what I had available (which was some double sided stick tabs like you use for scrap booking) but you could use a premade sticky stencil or make one like I did and stick it with double sided tape or adhesive spray


  • Make sure your t-shirt is clean and that it is wrinkle free
  • Insert something into the t-shirt to protect the back of the shirt from the bleach – I used another sheet of the acetate paper, but you could use cardboard
  • Attach your stencil to the shirt – place it on the shirt in the centre and press down firmly



  • Pour a small amount of bleach into your spray bottle – you can use any spray bottle that produces a fine mist, I re-used one that had had face toner in. You could buy a new one or re-use one – just remember if you are reusing one to mark clearly that it now contains bleach! We dont want any accidents!
  • Gently spray a light coat of bleach onto the t-shirt all around the stencil from straight above. You dont need too much bleach to start with – it will start working almost instantly but take a couple of minutes to pull out all of the colour – try not to get impatient!
  • After a couple of minutes if you want it lighter give it another gentle spray


Finally leave it to dry. When you are happy it is finished peel off the stencil and you are done!


One note – if you were a little heavy handed with the bleach you may see some fine powder on the shirt when it is dry. This would be crystallized bleach. You must make sure this is removed before you wash the shirt or the bleach will reactivate and ruin the shirt. You might also like to wash the shirt once on its own to be on the safe side. But saying that I didn’t notice any such residue on mine, and I think you will be ok if you use a fine enough spray bottle.

So there we go, really straight forward! Do let me know if you try this, I would love to see any photos!

Lucy x



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