Levi’s® | Unleash your inner designer
Creating a slick, airbrushed look, spray-dying is perfect for adding a pop of colour to your pre-loved pieces. Master the technique with this simple DIY project from the geniuses at Levi’s®.
What you’ll need
- 1 plain T-shirt
- 3 cans of fabric spray paint in different colours
- A thick sheet of cardboard
- Protective gloves
- A seven-inch record (see the tip below if you don’t have one to hand!)
Levi's® Tie Dye
What to do
Step 1: Place the piece of cardboard between the front and back of your tee to avoid colour bleed.
Step 2: Smooth the top surface and spray your first colour.
Step 3: Place the record in the centre of the design area.
Tip: The music lovers at Levi’s® chose a 45-rpm (seven-inch) record to create the two-circle pattern, but almost anything can be used as a stencil. Purchase reusable stencils online, or create your own; forage for natural elements like leaves and pine needles or simply spray over a gloved hand. If you’re up for a challenge, make intricate paper templates or ‘write’ words using strips of tape as a guide. As for fabric paint, use Marabu Fashion Spray, the apparel industry standard.
Step 4: Spray your second colour over the record.
Step 5: Spray your third and final colour into the record hole.
Step 6: Carefully remove the record and add a few more sprays if you feel like it.
Tip: To achieve colour richness and avoid drips, spray the area lightly to slowly build layers. For a cool drip effect, tilt the T-shirt slightly and watch the colour roll downwards.
Love the look you’ve created? Try out your new skills on other items of clothing and wear your rejuvenated pieces with pride.
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