Candy Cane Glitter Stenciled DIY Shirt

I love every holiday and I try to make it special for my daughter by making it fun. We usually do holiday themed crafts and food. Another tradition I like to keep is to make her a shirt she can wear. One of my favorite and easiest ways to decorate a shirt is to use a stencil, waxed paper and paint or glitter.

  • Plain White Shirt
  • Candy Cane Stencil
  • Wax Paper
  • Fabric Glitter Glue
  • Fabric Glitter
  • Aleene's Fabric Fusion Adhesive (optional)

Step 1: Click on the link to download, save and print out the stencil. If you don't like this one you can do a google search for "candy cane stencil." There will be hundreds to choose from.

Step 2: Place the printed stencil under a piece of wax paper with the paper side up. Trace the stencil design onto it.

Step 3: With an exacto knife, carefully cut out the parts of the candy cane that you want to be red. I made sure that the first piece was red and alternated it with white.

Step 4: Trim the excess paper around the stencil and then carefully place the design on the shirt, paper side up. Use an iron to stick the wax paper onto the shirt. Make sure you iron it enough so that the edges are fully adhered onto the shirt.

Step 5: Use a foam stencil brush to pounce on the glue onto the cut parts of the stencil. You want to make sure you are fully coating the stencil. Sprinkle on the red glitter being careful to cover all of the cut parts of the stencil. Let dry for at least 6 hours with overnight being best.

Step 6: Remove the excess glitter by carefully grabbing two ends of the stencil and funneling it back into the container. Carefully peel off wax paper.

Step 7: (Optional) Place some of the Aleene's fabric fusion adhesive onto a paper plate and dab on some glue over all of the red glitter. Allow to dry completely. Preferably overnight or 8 hours. This prevents the glitter from falling out over time.

Step 8: Make a bow with the ribbon and then use a strong fabric glue to glue it place.


  1. I didn't realize you could use wax paper to do iron on's to a shirt. I love the candy cane motif and the way you only had to use the red glitter. I'm sure all children would love this bright and cheery shirt.

  2. We have an embargo on glitter in our house. My girls have a couple shirts that leave it everywhere!

  3. That is very cute! I never knew it was possible to make something like that.

  4. I love this! My daughters would love to have matching t's like this- I never thought of using glitter... mostly because it ends up everywhere!

  5. That really turned out so cute. The pretty metallic red looks so pretty!

  6. That is adorable!! I would love to make my kids matching shirts. I know they'd look so sweet.

  7. This is really perfect this coming Christmas, my daughter would love it.