DIY 4th of July Ribbon Streamer Fireworks Shirt

Stenciling with freezer paper is one of my favorite ways to DIY a tshirt. DIYing a tshirt is my favorite way to dress up my daughter for the holidays :). I wanted to jazz up my normal stenciled tshirt so I thought up a way to add streamers to the shirt using ribbon. I thought it would be more fun for my daughter if she could actually play with the streamers as opposed to me just painting them on. This is how I made the 4th of July Ribbon Streamer Fireworks Shirt.

  • white tshirt
  • fabric paint: red, blue
  • 1/8" ribbon: red, white, blue
  • foam brush
  • freezer paper
  • fabric glue

Step 1: Click on the link to download the stencil. Open the .PDF and print it out using the "fit" option.

Step 2: Place the printable under a piece of freezer paper, paper side up. Trace the three stars. Using an exacto knife or sharp small scissors cut out the stars.

Step 3: Iron on the freezer paper stencil to the upper middle part of the shirt shiny side down. Place some paint onto a paper plate and using a foam brush paint inside of the star stencils. Let completely dry and then carefully peel off the stencil.

Step 4: Cut a piece of cardboard or card stock that is 4" x 3". Wrap the three colors of ribbons around the cardboard randomly. Take a small piece of ribbon and tie a knot onto the top of the wrapped ribbon. Cut the bottom loops of the wrapped ribbon.

Step 5: Grab the ribbon like the image below. Run a line of fabric glue along the back of the ribbon the entire width.

Step 6: Carefully glue underneath the stenciled stars taking care to press the ribbon into the glue and shirt. Let dry completely and then pull on the ribbon to make sure it is all glued on. If you have lose ribbon add some more glue and press firmly onto shirt.

Check out my other tutorial for my stenciled flag shirt.


  1. That shirt looks so cute and creative! I like the use of the ribbons to create streamers. They also remind me of pom poms we used to make for cheerleading events. The glue must be strong to hold a bunch of ribbons together.

  2. That is incredibly cute. I Love how it came out :)

  3. How cute of an idea!! I have evener been all that creative, but I love getting ideas from other people and trying them out! This would be a fun project to do with the kids!

  4. I just couldn't love the design of this any more! The flopping streamers are brilliant.

  5. This is so cute! I love the ribbon streamers!