For the Love of Fashion: Valentine’s Day DIY

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February. It's the month of love and chocolates and flowers and such. And hearts. So many hearts. As you can see from my last post, I wanted to get into the spirit of things so I whipped up this Valentine's Day DIY. I documented the process so that you too can get your DIY on. 

DIY Heart Shirt Tutorial | The Style Medic

What you'll need:

  • Shirt of your choice: I didn’t want the look to be too girly or scream Valentine’s Day so I went with an olive/army green sweatshirt
  • Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint: I chose the color ‘Garnet’ because it wasn't too bright and I liked the contrast with the army green, but choose whatever color works for you
  • Acrylic medium: This helps the acrylic paint go on smoothly and dry without making your fabric stiff
  • Heart template: You can draw one yourself,  print one out or  you can be lazy smart like me and buy one
  • Cardboard (or something to stop the paint from soaking into the shirt)
  • Freezer Paper: You'll use this to create your stencil
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Iron

What you'll do:

  1. Find and mark the center of your shirt. You can either measure and mark with a marking pen/chalk or you can simply fold the shirt in half and press it.DIY Heart Shirt | The Style Medic
  2. Put your cardboard inside your shirt to keep the paint from seeping through to the other side. Make sure that the cardboard is wider than the area you’re going to paint​.
  3. Trace your heart shape onto the freezer paper and cut it out.DIY Heart Shirt2DIY Heart Shirt4
  4. Using your center marking as a guide, decide where you want to place the heart on your shirt, then press the stencil SHINY SIDE DOWN (this is the side with the wax) onto the shirt with a hot iron. Make sure you really get the edges so that the paint doesn’t bleed under.DIY Heart Shirt5
  5. Start painting! It was hard to get the color I wanted with just the glitter since it's basically clear paint with red glitter in it. Next time, I'll use color under the glitter for a more even finish. Also, the acrylic medium extends the dry time. DIY Heart Shirt | The Style MedicDIY Heart Shirt | The Style Medic
  6. Once it’s completely dry (I let mine sit for about 24 hours), you want to heat set it so that it doesn’t come off in the wash. To do this, use a clean, dry cloth (like a dishtowel or old t-shirt) over the front of the design and iron it for 2 -5 minutes. Don’t use the steam.Valentine's Day DIY Tutorial | The Style Medic

Here’s the finished product styled up all pretty and such. I love how it’s a little girly and a little gangsta…just like me.

DIY Heart Shirt2

Altogether, this DIY cost me about $15  and I'm super pleased with how it turned out. 

My girl MimiCuteLips got in on the fun too! Click the pic to check out her DIY lip shirt! 

DIY Lip Shirt | MimiCuteLips

What say you? Are you ready to DIY some Valentine’s Day fashion? 

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T. Espinoza is CEO at The Style Medic. She's the Diva next door, the girlfriend who always looks Fab but doesn’t spend a bundle. She works with the active, focused Diva who wants to look fly, save time and most of all, save money. T. can help you streamline your wardrobe, maximize your budget and take your style from flat-lined to FABULOUS!


  1. We do good work, I swear we do. I love the contrast of army green and red. I too am girly and gangsta.

  2. You girls are so cute, I love the DIY sweat shirts. Super cute and creative. 



  3. Stacie


    I love how easy you made this look. I think could pull this off. Cute and festive!

  4. Holly


    You are always great at these DIY projects. Very cute. Looked really easy.

  5. Jamila


    I’m loving that green top, now I wanna make one lol
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  6. That's such a cute DIY project! I love the color combination too. My daughter will love this.

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  7. Ariel


    I *love* this! I'm a sweatshirt-and-sneakers mom so this is right up my alley. Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. I so want to try this! Wish me luck lol!

  9. Super cayute! I'm gonna ask you the same question: what happened to my invite? LOL Actually, I'll just come and grab this sweatshirt cause we wear the same size 😉

  10. Nicole


    I'm loving these DIY design ideas. Never really been crafty to do it myself, but you got me considering it. 

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