Turn T-Shirts Into Wall Art – Easy No Sew Decor

Goodwill Final Canvas Wall Art (2)We found an easy and inexpensive way to decorate a bedroom, dorm room or even a man cave! If you have t-shirts from your favorite teams or groups, or if your kids have outgrown some of their favorite t-shirts, you can turn them into wall art and enjoy them every day. It’s easy and doesn’t require any sewing.

If you don’t have t-shirts or don’t want to cut them up, you can find what you need at your favorite Goodwill of Orange County store, already sorted by color. You will have wall art that can change and grow as tastes and interest change. Today’s favorite sports team display can become tomorrow’s favorite rock band collage, plus you can reuse the frames.

OC Goodwill tshirts sorted by color


Gather up your t-shirts and let’s get started! No sewing machine or lengthy step-by-step needed for this fun, easy DIY project! We chose our favorite LA and OC sports teams for our project.
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  • T-shirts – if you don’t have what you need, you can find so many choices at your local OC Goodwill, plus they are organized by color which makes it easy to match them with the style you are going for!

old canvases OC Goodwill

  • Canvases – I used 12 x 12 frames. You can find them at Goodwill in various sizes or you can find them at your local craft store.
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun

Goodwill Step 1 t-shirt canvases(2)

Step 1:  Place the canvas or frame under the shirt. You have to work with it to get the graphic to be positioned best on the canvas. Mark the area that needs to be cut off and be sure you have enough fabric to wrap underneath the canvas to be stapled securely.

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Step 2: Cut off the front of the t-shirt and work with only one layer of material. Cut off the sleeves and the neckline and leave enough fabric to fold around the canvas.

It is better to start with too much fabric and trim it away after you work with it a bit instead of cutting off too much the first time.

Position your design and center it on the canvas. Stretch the fabric to remove wrinkles. If you need to iron the fabric, now is the time to do so.

Goodwill canvas art Step 3 (2)

Step 3: Flip over the canvas or frame and pull the shirt tight. You will find that the material is more stretchy in one direction than in the other. Work with the stretchy sides of the shirt first.
Use the staple gun to attach the t-shirt to the canvas and put one staple on opposite sides of the frame and then check again to make sure the logo on the front of the t-shirt is in the correct position.
Once you are sure everything is lined up nicely, then finish stapling the rest of the t-shirt to the canvas. Save the corners for last.

goodwill canvas art step 4

Step 4: Fold the corners over like you are wrapping a gift and then staple those securely.

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Step 5:  You may need to cut away excess fabric and cut away around the hook for hanging.

Goodwill Final Canvas Wall Art (2)

We used six t-shirts to make a themed collage and fill up a good portion of the wall. Position your collage on the floor until you get it looking just right. Measure the distance between the canvases, hang and enjoy your DIY canvas wall art!

We have trained our eye to discover new ways to repurpose common household items and turn them into treasures at Goodwill of Orange County stores. Be sure to keep your eyes open for other treasures when you shop too!

Feel good about shopping and supporting Goodwill! Your purchases and donations help support Goodwill of Orange County’s programs and services which provide job and employment training to people with disabilities or barriers in Orange County.

This project was created by Adrianna of More With Less Today.

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  1. […] inexpensive way to decorate a wall? We show you how to turn old Tshirts into wall art over on the OC Goodwill blog […]

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