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DIY Valentine’s Day Shirt

A Valentine’s Day shirt that you can make yourself! This DIY craft idea is a fun way to celebrate with your Valentine or Galentines. Check out the tutorial to create this fun conversation heart sweater.

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day
How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

I’m sure you guys know by now that I love love. I’m definitely a rose-tinted glasses kind of gal, and even on the Valentine’s Days when I’ve been single I’m totally into all the schmaltz.

But I know that there are some of you out there who are all, “It’s a fake holiday created by Hallmark, etc.,” and for all of y’all, I’ve made the perfect Valentine’s Day shirt.

Psst — check out some of our other most popular Valentine’s Day projects below!

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How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

DIY Valentine’s Day Shirt

So the inspiration behind this Valentine’s Day shirt was to be a little funny and a little snarky, in case you couldn’t tell! The little conversation heart messages make me laugh.

But it could just as easily be created without the snark, and with sweet conversation heart messages instead! Use traditional conversation heart phrases like kiss me, I love you, be mine, and more to give the Valentine’s Day shirt a totally different vibe.

Who is This Valentine’s Day Shirt For?

I love that this shirt could be for so many people! This funny version is great for moms and gal pals. But you could easily switch up the messages and make this a perfect Valentine’s Day shirt for teachers or colleagues.

Get a small shirt size and create one for your kiddo, too!

Supplies You’ll Need

Check out the list below for links to all of the supplies you’ll need to create a Valentine’s Day shirt of your own. Be sure to look at our alternative techniques and supplies to explore other ways of making the shirt.

Materials

Alternative Supplies and Techniques

If you don’t want to create the Valentine’s Day shirt using fabric paint, there’s a really great optional technique to try!

This project would be perfect to try with a Cricut machine and iron-on vinyl.

To create the project this way, start by making a heart shape in Cricut Design Space and add your desired message inside of the heart in a font that you’d like. Then just cut the shapes out of your iron-on vinyl and iron the shapes onto your shirt.

For a more in-depth Cricut tutorial, you can check out this post!

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

Customization Ideas

Aside from the fact that you can customize the messages, there are so many reasons to love this sweet little Valentine’s Day shirt.

Change the Messages – You can create it for adults or kids, and tailor the messages for each person depending on their age. It would also be fun to make them for the whole family!

Alter the Heart Size – Use larger alphabet stickers and hearts if you want to just have a single heart message on each shirt (or choose the number of hearts that you’d like on each shirt.

Customize the Color – We used a nontraditional Valentine’s Day color palette, but you can switch up the colors of both the shirt and the paints.

How To Make Your Valentine’s Day Shirt

Make Time: 1 Hour (plus drying time)

  1. Use our printable template to print, cut, and trace, or draw your own hearts onto freezer paper. Cut the hearts out of the freezer paper.
  2. Place the freezer paper down on the front of the sweater and be sure it’s centered the way you’d like. Gently run a hot iron over the freezer paper to adhere it to the sweater and create a stencil.
  3. In each heart, use stickers to create the words that you’d like. Place the stickers down and press firmly. Tip: Run the hot iron over the stickers for a couple of seconds to get them to adhere a little better while you’re painting.
  4. Paint each heart a different color, being careful not to pull up the edges of the freezer paper or stickers.
  5. First peel away the freezer paper carefully. Then carefully remove each letter with a pair of tweezers. Be sure to wipe your tweezers after each letter to avoid paint smears.
  6. You can leave your shirt just like this if you love it! A couple of the colors I chose didn’t contrast enough with the color of the sweater and so they were difficult to read. To remedy it, I painted in the letters with white paint.
How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day
How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

Wear It!

If you make your own Valentine’s Day shirt, leave a comment and let us know! I’d love to have you rate the project below as well. Have fun! xoxo

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

Let all the paint dry thoroughly and put that baby on! I showed Ryan the one that said “Hard Pass” and he totally laughed out loud. Mission accomplished.

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

Photos by Scot Woodman

Yield: Valentine's Day Shirt

How to Make a DIY Valentine's Day Shirt

valentine's day shirt

This DIY Valentine's Day shirt is a guaranteed crowdpleaser! Check out this easy tutorial and make them for yourself or your family.

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Intermediate
Estimated Cost $25

Materials

  • Fabric paint
  • Freezer paper
  • Alphabet Stickers
  • Plain shirt

Tools

  • Iron
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Optional: Cricut machine

Instructions

    1. Use our printable template to print, cut, and trace, or draw your own hearts onto freezer paper. Cut the hearts out of the freezer paper.
    2. Place the freezer paper down on the front of the sweater and be sure it's centered the way you'd like. Gently run a hot iron over the freezer paper to adhere it to the sweater and create a stencil.
    3. In each heart, use stickers to create the words that you'd like. Place the stickers down and press firmly. Tip: Run the hot iron over the stickers for a couple of seconds to get them to adhere a little better while you're painting.
    4. Paint each heart a different color, being careful not to pull up the edges of the freezer paper or stickers.
    5. First peel away the freezer paper carefully. Then carefully remove each letter with a pair of tweezers. Be sure to wipe your tweezers after each letter to avoid paint smears.
    6. You can leave your shirt just like this if you love it! A couple of the colors I chose didn't contrast enough with the color of the sweater and so they were difficult to read. To remedy it, I painted in the letters with white paint.

Notes

If you don't want to use fabric paint for this project, try iron-on vinyl! You can use a Cricut machine or other cutting machine to upload heart shapes and letters, then cut them out of iron-on vinyl.

Place the vinyl on your shirt and follow the instructions on your specific vinyl to iron it onto your shirt.

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17 thoughts on “DIY Valentine’s Day Shirt

  1. i have a black shirt i stole from my boyfriend that im thinking of writing AS IF on the boobs kind of like the ban.do shirt.
    love this idea!

    by the way, you look gorgeous in all these pictures!!!!! first thinh i thought before i though of the project . #babe!

  2. I love the shirt! Mine would probably just have one big heart with the “I’m busy” on it. PS. how do you look both cute & sassy in these photos?! Haha 🙂

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