Watercolor Shirt Tutorial

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A fabric dye Watercolor Shirt is a fun and easy project that kids of all ages can do!

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watercolor shirt with colorful hearts laying next to a pair of tennis shoes and jeans

I’m pretty certain that every child in the entire world loves to paint, right? This fun watercolor shirt idea is a fun activity that they can make and then wear! Are you ready to have a VERY proud little artist on your hands?

Here’s how to do it –

supplies for making a watercolor shirt laid out on the counter

How to Make a Watercolor Shirt


  • fabric dye – you can use liquid or powder
  • warm water
  • plastic cups or bowls
  • paintbrushes
  • light-colored or white t-shirt
  • wax paper
  • coloring templates, optional (download below)
  • fabric marker, optional
  • salt, if you’re using powdered dye
white tshirt laying on a counter with a piece of coloring paper being inserted inside it


  1. Fill your cups up with warm water and add the die in small amounts until you get your desired colors. If you’re using powder dye, you’ll need to add the recommended amount of salt, too.
  2. Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface, then place a piece of wax paper inside the shirt to keep the dye from bleeding through onto the backside.
  3. If you’re using a printable design, place the piece of paper inside the shirt, on top of the wax paper. You can use a fabric marker to trace your design on top of your t-shirt if the design is hard to see. Use caution to ensure that your marker lines don’t bleed when it gets wet with the dye.
  4. Start painting!
painting hearts on a t shirt

The hardest part of this entire project is waiting for the watercolor to dry! My kids couldn’t wait to wear their t-shirts! (Kids aren’t typically the most patient. 😉)

Now that their shirts are finished, it is so fun seeing the kids wear them!

painted hearts on a white shirt

Watercolor Templates

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We hope you have so much fun with this project! Enjoy!

collage of pictures showing how to make a watercolor t shirt

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