How to Make a Cut Up Punk Rock Tee Shirt

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How to Make a Cut Up Punk Rock Tee Shirt
(punk fashion model image by Randy McKown from

A person shows their style through their clothing. Punk rock T-shirts reveal the wild side of a person's personality. The shirts have wild slashes of colour, studs, safety pins and images that catch attention. The shirts are available in stores, but making a shirt that fits a person's personal style is fun. Tailor images, colours and items added to the shirt for a specific person's character.

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Things you need

  • T-shirt (any colour)
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Spray bottle
  • Fabric spray paint
  • Iron on transfers for computer printers
  • Clip art or images to print
  • Black fabric paint in squirt tube
  • Iron

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    Buy or use an old T-shirt to make your punk rock T-shirt. Dark colours work best for this project. If you have an old T-shirt with images of punk rock bands, use it.

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    Find an image that you like. Use band images or images of you at a concert. Use any picture that jumps out at you.

  3. 3

    Open the word processing software on your computer. When it opens, click on "Insert,""Picture," and "From File." Find your image, and click on it. Click "Insert." The image shows up on your page.

  4. 4

    Move the cursor to the image, and click on it. A box appears around the image with little squares around the lines of the box. Run your cursor over one of the corner boxes until a line with an arrow on each end appears.

  5. 5

    Resize the image by holding the left mouse down, and pulling outward with the mouse. You can make one large image or multiple smaller images.

  6. 6

    Place the computer transfer into the printer, and print according to manufacturer's instructions. Remove the excess paper from the transfer using the scissors, so all that remains are the images.

  7. 7

    Put the images on the shirt face down, and iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Peel off the paper backing after the transfer paper cools.

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    Outline the printed images with the fabric paint in the tubes. You can outline in black with a single line or add multiple lines of different colours. The fabric paint helps keep the iron on image edges from coming up off the fabric. Let the shirt dry for 24 hours.

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    Scrunch the shirt up, and lightly spray paint across the shirt. Flip it over, and do the same thing to the back. Make sure you spray a light coat of spray paint, so it is transparent. You want to add some colour, but still see the images. Fluorescent or metallic colours work well for this step.

  3. 3

    Open the shirt up, and paint on a few dark areas with colour. You can do lines, words or shapes, and allow it to dry.

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    Use the scissors to cut slits into the shirt at different angles. The slit will show some skin, so keep that in mind when you are cutting the shirt. Use different sizes and colours of safety pins for a punk rock look.

  2. 2

    Pin the slits that you cut back together using safety pins. Place the pins in on one side of the slit, hook it on the other side of the cut, and close the pin.

  3. 3

    Cut off the sleeves if you like a sleeveless look, or cut some slits into the sleeves. Add safety pins if you want the sleeves held together.

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