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DIY Graphic Tees


Make Your Own Graphic Tees!

YOU GUYS. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been obsessed with graphic tees lately. When I was in middle school, graphic tees with things like “Princess” and “Angel” were all the rage… and I’m kind of STOKED that these are back in action right now, but with far better sayings. I decided I needed to make some of my own, with some of MY favorite phrases, quotes and lyrics. ‘CAUSE WHY THE HECK NOT!? It is SO EASY, you only need two supplies and an iron. Have a t-shirt making party with all your friends and laugh your faces off as you reminiscence about the best chick flicks and rap lyrics! Bonus points if you can name the sources of most of my references.


DIY Graphic Tees
DIY Graphic Tees

T-Shirts (I went to the American Apparel Flea Market in downtown LA for cheap shirts! But here’s some good options: t-shirts, sweatshirts, tanks)
Iron-on Letters (I used these black ones and these white ones. For kids/baby sized graphic tees, you can use these smaller ones too!)

DIY Graphic Tees DIY Graphic Tees

1. Choose your phrase and peel those letters (carefully!) off the sheet. Line them up and space them out as you want them.
2. Iron according to package directions. (That’s really it!!!)

DIY Graphic Tees

Now it’s time to guess all the phrases! Ok.. I gave you some hints. (Like that is my current favorite song right up there!)

DIY Graphic Teesfrom my all time favorite show

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from my childhood favorite show

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from my favorite piñata making workshop

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from my favorite teen movie

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from my girl crush

DIY Graphic Tees

Photos by Jeff Mindell

So now you gotta tell me, what would YOU put on a graphic tee!? (pssst… if you make your own tees, be sure to share a photo + tag #troopstudiodiy on Instagram!)


  • Lauren Anne

    Definitely think I’d have to go with “Bring in the dancing lobsters!” or keeping the Full House theme going, “Cut it out”


  • Lexy | PROPER

    The mean girls one is my fave!

  • Lynne

    I’m so glad someone else loves that Phoebe quote as much as I do!

  • Veronica

    That’s such a great idea! You can create any saying you wan’t and the project is so easy.

  • Amelia

    Well now I know what I’m doing with my weekend.

  • lirionohemy

    Could those shirts BE any cuter?! Haha!

  • Brittany

    I agree with all of these being on shirts.

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    These are absolutely perfect! I love all the quotes you used 😉

  • Jade

    OMG THESE ARE SO COOL!! i wish i lived in america! ugh everything in australia is so expensive! this DIY is SO cute!! <3 <3 <3

  • Erin Maree

    I have a graphic tee which says ‘I wish that I could be like the cool kids’ on it from the song Cool Kids by Echosmith but I am really want a shirt that has a lyric from their song Safest Place so I might have to go and buy some iron on letters and put them on the stack of plain coloured T-shirts I have been hoarding and never wear 🙂
    You need to make a pink one with the quote ‘On Wednesdays we wear pink’ from mean girls.
    Some Pitch Perfect quotes would be good too espically as the 2nd film is due to be released soon 🙂

  • Hilary

    Well I know what I am doing this week! “Cake by the slice”, “I am just here for the cake”, “This is your gift”. I could go on forever!

  • Kait

    Aalkf;akfh. I can’t. Rushing out to make all of these!! Too cute 🙂

  • Michelle

    I’ve been seeing a lot of cute quote shirts on instagram from a company in LA charging $32 plus shipping. Good to know I can make the same thing at home for much cheaper! One of my favourites is “Thinkin’ ’bout the summer body but also ’bout dem tacos” and I think I need that shirt for when I hit the gym, just to make my trainer have a giggle!

  • Me'urramya Cederstrom

    I’ve been thinking about putting on a t-shirt something I saw on a cross stitch…
    “I don’t wanna do things. Things suck.”

    Also, I’m dying to recreate the “Born a Bad Seed” shirt I saw on a website for a RIDICULOUS amount of money…


    Where can I fine garden theme transfers? Anyone have any ideas?

  • sunflower48

    I cant wait to do this project light bulb presents for my bffs (and me).I want to do a friends quote for mine.and for my friend im not predijuce i hate everyone (except you two).for my other friend the time is meow

  • Sheryl

    Cool! Do they wash well and last wash after wash?

  • Dena

    I made a shirt that says “Nah Mah Stay In Bed”
    It’s my absolute favorite.

  • Mia

    OMG!!!!! Full House is one of my absolute favorite shows too! I love that! The shirts are AWESOME!!

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