A few years ago, I was searching for Christmas gifts for Daniel, and I stumbled upon t shirt frames on Urban Outfitters’ website. Daniel has quite the collection of graphic tees, like two stuffed drawers worth. It just so happened that that very year he decided to weed out some of his shirts.
I noticed that a lot of the shirts he was going to get rid of he still really liked, but they had shrunk or otherwise become unwearable. Well, you can imagine I was pretty excited! This was the perfect gift to keep his favorite t shirts AND have really awesome artwork! The only problem was that the t shirt frames at Urban Outfitters had really bad reviews. In fact, any “t shirt” frame I found had poor ratings.
I was still determined to get this gift, and some of the reviews had mentioned the frames were just shadow boxes. With that knowledge, I knew I could easily do this DIY t shirt frame Christmas gift! I found great frames on Amazon – highly rated and not too expensive. When they arrived, I was more than pleased! They are very well made and look expensive.
Here’s what you need:
- 4 black shadow box frames
- 4 graphic t shirts
- A pencil
Here’s what you do:
The frames come in cardboard boxes, so I recycled and used them to make the framework! I simply used the glass from the frame as a template, and traced it onto the cardboard with a pencil. I then cut it out with scissors, although you could also use an exacto knife for even quicker results.
I then positioned the cardboard over the part of the t shirt I wanted visible.
Tightly fold the shirt around the cardboard square. You could secure the shirt with safety pins or masking tape, but I didn’t find that necessary.
Place the folded shirt into the frame and replace the backing. Not sure if you can tell in the picture, but the frames each come with four push pins. I decided to leave them on, my reasoning was that it would provide more support for the folded t shirt.
Repeat steps for each frame, and voila!
I LOVE how these turned out. I chose to do four frames because I like how they looked together. You could certainly do as many or as little as you want. This was such a great gift for my creative, t shirt loving guy! I know he was wondering why I wanted to keep his old shirts, I think he was pretty happy with the results! 🙂