How To Get Your T-Shirt Ready for Summer Festivals

by |July 8, 2014
Categories: Bands, Crafts, Music, Resource

DIY T-Shirt Crafts


Summer is decidedly festival season. Between Warped Tour, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza – and every other smaller, local concert in between – there are plenty of chances to hang out outside and listen to music. However, summer is hot...especially when you’re surrounded by tens of thousands of dancing your wardrobe choice has to be smart. But, you still want to look great, right? Of course you do. Here are some ideas on how to fashion a festival-ready outfit, just in case you happen upon some tickets to Lolla. (Grab an extra for us, please!)


To get you prepped: Here is our selection of blank tees in different colors and sizes.



Cut It Up

It’s hot, it’s crowded, and you’ve been dancing in some field for like five hours now. Thank goodness your t-shirt is perfectly ripped up into fringes and cute cut-out shapes, right?! Here are a few ways to attack your tee with a pair of scissors in the best way possible.


The Diamond Cut-Out Tee


DIY Diamond Cut-Out Tee

To get this diamond cut-out, all you need is a stencil, an exacto knife, and a t-shirt. The directions in this DIY are in a different language, but the pictures are easy to follow!


Racerback Swim Suit Coverup


Racerback Tank DIY


Here’s a simple tutorial on how to turn your oversized tee into an awesome racer-back tank – perfect for over swimsuits or with a bright colored bandeau.


Knotted Fringe Tank


Macrame Shirt DIY


This is an easy, no-sew DIY on how to get a cute macramé-inspired crop top. Tutorial here.


Simple Halter Tank


DIY Halter Top


This tank halter top comes together in just four easy steps. DIY tutorial here.


DIY Wrap Crop Top


Wrap Top Tutorial


This wrap crop is so adorable and quick to put together – and it’s perfect for a hot day in the sun. Here is the easy step-by-step tutorial.



Dye It

Ok, so you have a t-shirt that fits completely perfectly and you don't want to cut that thing into pieces. That's fine! You have another option to get your t-shirt just the way you like it without tearing it to shreds: dye it! Here are some tutorials on using fabric paint, dye, and spray paint to transform your vintage t-shirt into a work of art.


Painted Galaxy Tee


DIY Galaxy Tee


This DIY galaxy tank top is so pretty! Anything this artistic will definitely help you stand out at a musical festival. This black crew-neck shirt would be a great base to this style. Tutorial here.


Burnout T-Shirt


How To Create a Burnout Tee


DIY-guru blogger "P.S. – I Made This" put together this easy shirt tutorial that recreates a burnout look. Tutorial here.


Spray Painted T-Shirt


Spray Painted T-Shirt DIY


Combine this rainbow-y spray painted shirt DIY with some of the crop tutorials up above and you’ll be set. Tutorial here.


Stars & Stripes Sleeveless Tees


DIY USA Spray Paint Tank Tops


American flag spray paint! It’s so obvious. Cut your tee however you like and follow this tutorial on how to get the stars and stripes on your top.


DIY Ombre T-Shirt


Create Your Own Ombre T-Shirt


This ombre shirt isn’t dip-dyed! It's made with spray bottles! Can you believe it?! This white v-neck tee would be perfect for this craft. Tutorial here.


Wear Vintage

And, of course, there is no better place to show off your perfectly-weathered and worn in vintage t-shirt than at a summer music festival. Here are some great boho style looks along with some vintage tees, proving that it is possible to be fashion forward and dressed for the weather at the same time. We will include any similar shirts available – and don’t forget! You can use any of the above crafts on these shirts to add another level of personality to your outfit.


Boho Style Outfits

Iron Maiden Shirt – Shop         Red Hot Chili Peppers Shirt – Shop         Polk High Shirt – Shop

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Vintage T-Shirt Outfits

Bob Marley Shirt – Shop         Guns N’ Roses Shirt – Shop

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Festival Style Outfits

Bob Marley Shirt – Shop       Guns N’ Roses Shirt – Shop

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MaDonna Sheehy
MaDonna Sheehy

MaDonna is the Lead Brand Specialist at and simply cannot pick her favorite style of t-shirt. Perhaps a concert tee with Morrissey’s lovely face on it. Or maybe a top that features her favorite Pokemon, Slowpoke! Who knows! Today she’s wearing a tank top that features all of the Zodiac symbols. Tomorrow? It’s a mystery.