Tuesday, 23 December 2014

DIY Christmas Jumper *:・゚✧

I've never had a Christmas jumper before, and I hadn't really thought much about getting one until this year, however I'm too cheap to spend the amount of money which they all seem to cost. SO, I decided (two days before Christmas) to make my own.

*cue the music*

I started with this plain grey sweatshirt which I found for £1 in a charity shop. It's not particularly nice and I bought it about a year ago with the intention of DIYing it so it wasn't precious or anything.
I also used:
  • acrylic paints (just the normal ones, I don't have fabric paints)
  • a chalk for marking outlines
  • cardboard (or whatever) for placing inside the jumper so paint doesn't leak through
  • scissors
  • a pencil
That's it, it's really simple.

Decide on what you are going to paint. I picked Jack Skellington and found this old wrapping paper to copy from.

I drew a rough sketch.

 This step isn't essential but I didn't like the neckline of my jumper so I just cut it off.

 Use the chalk to make a basic outline, I used a plate to get the right shape.

Then I began painting. I didn't use any special techniques, just mixed the acrylic with a little bit of water and painted like normal. It will probably dry quite hard because it's acrylic not fabric paint but I'm not really bothered about that. Apparently there are ways of turning acrylic paint into fabric paint so you might want to look that up.

I did a bit of an outline in a pale colour.

This bit is pretty self explanatory...

Just keep layering and blending until you're happy with it. This really didn't even need step by step pictures, it's so easy.

Here it is !!! 
It's not perfect but I love it and no one else will have the same one (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

As you can see, I splattered some paint in the background to finish it off. It kinda looks like blood (oops) or, from a distance, little love hearts. All you need to do when it's completely dry (I waited until the next day) is set the paint with heat. For this I covered the design in kitchen roll, and placed some underneath as well, and then just ironed it for a few minutes.

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have fun, time to relax, and the best end of 2014 (where did that year go? Seriously??) *:・゚✧


  1. It looks so cool! When you wash the sweater, will the acrylic painting be removed? Because I'm thinking to use the same paint to decorate a t-shirt… thanks!
    Merry christmas!

    1. Thank you! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, you have to iron the design to set the paint. What I did was cover it in kitchen roll then iron for a few minutes. There's a video about it here http://youtu.be/uH4s29v02Kw