DIY American Flag Shirt

Show your patriotism with this DIY project: an American flag shirt customized just for you.

Molly Borter shows you how to get started! You’re going to love this DIY project. Plus, Indy Style viewers you a special deal: $5 off $25 discount code is: IndyStyle

1. Begin: Start with Supplies

We picked the tanks up from Forever 21, and the rest of these supplies are from Walmart.


  • White shirt or tank top (whichever you prefer)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Star stickers
  • A few pieces of cardboard
  • Blue and red spray paint


Tip: We used regular ol’ spray paint to keep things low cost, but if you’d like, you can use fabric spray paint or fabric paint. Just be sure to read the directions for use and wash before starting!


2. Tape Up & Sticker Your Shirt

First, you’ll prep your tank by taping on your desired design. Just keep in mind whatever gets covered up by tape and stickers will turn out white in the end!


  • You’re going to save the top 3rd part of the shirt for the stars
  • Tape the remainder of the shirt in straight lines to become your red and white stripes
  • Using the star stickers, decorate the top half of the tank (how many or how little stickers you use is up to you!)


3. Paint Red & Blue

Now you’re ready to spray!


  • Place a piece of cardboard in shirt so the paint doesn’t bleed
  • Cover the star section with a piece of cardboard
  • Spray the stripe section red and let dry


Tip: We used a thin layer of spray to give it that airbrushed look. Just remember, the thicker the paint coat, the deeper the tank color.


  • Move cardboard piece over red stripes
  • Spray the star section blue and let dry
  • Once fully dry, remove all stickers and tape


4. Style It!

And that’s it! You can wear it dressed up or down, but for a casual look that’ll take you from boating to BBQ, we styled it with a pair of our USA shades and cut-offs.

Washing Instructions:

We recommend hand washing! Cold water and mild detergent. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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