DIY: Gold T-shirt Embellishment

Out of no where, I am loving the look of gold on clothing and accessories. This is a big step for me. Typically, I am more of a sterling silver girl. Maybe I am getting more bold now that I am in my mid-thirties but I have been pinning gold items like mad on Pinterest. I though it would make sense to take one of these fashion inspirations and turn it into a DIY Pinterest Challenge Project. I’ve been meaning to join the seasonal challenge created by Young House Love & Bower Power before, but never have gotten around to it until now.

One of my favorite looks has been a big pop of gold on t-shirts. Here’s some of my recent pins:


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Of the three, I though I would attempt the last look. I love the abstract modern vibe.

Gold Embellished Tshirt

The original looked very organic with the liquid gold on the gray shirt. I didn’t want to buy any new supplies, so I just used materials I had on hand. Mine was going to be much brighter, but I hoped to pull off something a little modern. I used a white v-neck Target shirt and Martha Stewart’s Multi-Purpose Glitter Paint in Florentine Gold.

Gold Embellished Tshirt

I got out a paint brush, a plastic plate and a glass of water to rinse the brush.

Gold Embellished Tshirt

Then I stretched my t-shirt over a piece of cardboard.

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Going for that modern look, I decided I wanted the color focused on the left shoulder of the shirt and the faded out. I started painting full brush strokes in a downward motion until I got the effect I liked.

Gold Embellished Tshirt

Then I flipped the cardboard and took the paint across the back of the arm as well.

Gold Embellished Tshirt

Once I was done, I let the shirt air dry overnight on a skirt hanger clipped to the cardboard.

Gold Embellished Tshirt

The paint instructions say it should dry for 24 hours, but the next morning the paint was dry so I went ahead and set the paint with a hot iron. I put the t-shirt between two dish towels and then ironed on the hottest setting for about 30 seconds.

Gold Embellished Tshirt

Here’s a quick shot this morning with a teal scarf. There is a fine line between cool and gaudy with the gold look. My shirt is right on that line. To make it work I think it’s all about how you accessorize it. I didn’t have much time to play this morning, but not only do I like it with the teal scarf, but it would look great under a blazer for a layered look.

And speaking of gold and gaudy, this shirt inspired my work-to-evening Halloween costume tomorrow. I’ll wait and share the look tomorrow along with my second (and favorite) inspired craft projects – the cats costumes.

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