Spice up a thrifted shirt!

Do you remember painting 80s and 90s designs on tshirts and sweatshirts with "puffy" paint? I have memories of puffy sunflowers and gingham fabric. My grandma painted a lot of my shirts when I was a kid. Well, guess what? Tulip, the makers of 'puffy' paint (real product names: Tulip Soft & 3D Paints) , are still around! Tulip sent me paint to try out and I'm pretty happy with my modern take on a classic craft. Read on to see how you can use Tulip paints to take a trip down memory lane!

Supplies: Tulip Soft and 3D Paints,  paint brush, adhesive vinyl or freezer paper, scissors, Silhouette Cameo (or other cutting machine), tshirt

Step 1: Start with a blah thrift store shirt that needs some oomph!
Step 2: Use a cutting machine to cut out your chosen design from freezer paper (or, if you are like me and don't have freezer paper, use a strong adhesive vinyl). I used this adorable heart design.
Step 3: Prep your shirt by putting a piece of cardboard underneath the area you will be painting. A cereal box worked perfectly.
Step 4: Place your freezer paper or vinyl design onto the shirt.
Step 5: Begin dabbing the Tulip Soft Matte paint onto the design area. An up and down dabbing motion worked well for coverage.
Step 6: Outline the design with Tulip Dimensional Paints.

Whatcha think? Isn't that heart design the cutest? I have to say, I really like this white fabric paint. It leaves the design surprisingly soft! I didn't realize fabric paints had upgraded so much. The only downside to my project was how easy it was tug a fold in this fabric. I accidentally made a little tug at the bottom of my heart. :(
If you need a longer trip down memory lane, check out this funny 90s advertisement for Tulip!

Or you can visit Tulip on the web: 


  1. I love this design, and I'm sure that adding the second paint adds some great sparkle!

  2. sweet! I'd never seen a cutting machine before but I think I could give this a shot anyway and love that u rev a thrift shirt so if u do mess up, oh well! only thing missing is u in those old puffy paint sweat shirts now!


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