In early March, the Garden of Giving opened at Gateway Mall, exhibiting repurposed clothing from Lincoln Goodwill to form a peaceful garden. At the opening event, guests were given the opportunity to make DIY t-shirt wall art.

If you didn’t get the chance to stop by, don’t worry! We are sharing a fun, simple tutorial that you can do in the comfort of your own home. This DIY is perfect for the t-shirt you rarely wear, but holds a special place in your heart. It could be from your first concert or your favorite high school memory. We chose a silly shirt to hang next to where the office cats sleep all day.

Here are the five easy steps to make a t-shirt canvas of your own.

What You’ll Need






1..Line the t-shirt up on the canvas.

Before cutting the t-shirt, put it over the canvas and be sure the design you want to display fits and looks the way you want. If not, try a new shirt or a different sized canvas.

Pro tip: Iron your shirt before placing it on the canvas to ensure it’s wrinkle free and lays smoothly. Cut the back out of the t-shirt out near the seam.

2. Leave enough space to stretch the shirt over the canvas while removing the back of the shirt and excess material. This is to get the t-shirt to a size that is easier to work with. Remember, you can always cut smaller, but it’s not easily made big again!

3. Stretch the t-shirt over the canvas.

Align the t-shirt with the front of the canvas how you the t-shirt to lay.

4. Staple the shirt to the canvas.

Start by stapling the sides of the canvas. The more staples, the better the hold. We suggest a minimum of 5 staples per side. Next, staple the top and bottom. While doing this, be sure to continually check that the t-shirt is still aligned with how you want it displayed.

5. Cut excess and DONE!

Cut the excess t-shirt from the canvas and add additional staples as needed. Then the t-shirt wall art is ready to be displayed!

Here are some other examples of inspiration for your t-shirt creation as well as photos from the exhibit.  Send your completed t-shirt art and any other DIY projects you complete to our social media accounts, we’d love to see what you create! 

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