What’s up, Planeteers? Have you seen all the awesome pictures of Planeteers wearing the classic ‘Globe T-Shirt’ on (shameless plug) planeteermovement.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube? Like the ones in this video? What’s that, you wish you had your own? Well, your wish is our command!
Now Presenting: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CREATING YOUR OWN PLANETEER SHIRT!!!
Creating your own Planeteer shirt is a super-easy DIY way to show off your Planeteer Pride and rep your favorite eco-superhero! First, let’s round up our supplies. There are multiple ways to make a shirt, so we’ll list the most important materials first:
- YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED:
- A blank T-shirt or Tank Top
- A flat surface
- Cardboard or a shoebox lid
- A 6″ circular plastic lid (or a paper-size hard plastic sheet)
- A Planeteer – To wear the shirt, duh!
Once you’ve got that stuff, there’s a few different ways to go about making the actual design. For lighter colored T’s, we suggest using fabric markers from an arts and crafts store. For darker T’s, you might want to try fabric paint. You’ll need paintbrushes if you’re using paint. You’ll need black and green – we suggest neon green for darker shirts so that it will pop!1. First off, take the cardboard and put it inside your shirt. This will give you a nice flat canvas to work on. You might have to cut it to size.
2. Then, take your plastic lid and place it on the chest of the shirt. For T’s, you might want to go 4-5 inches below the neckline. For Tanks, you’ll want to go right up to the neckline.
3. If you didn’t have a plastic lid, but do have a piece of plastic (like a divider, or a folder), you can trace a bowl with about a 6″ diameter and cut the circle out, then you can use the inside of the stencil. You’ll need scissors for that.
4. Make sure your shirt is face-up! If you’re using the cutout stencil, move on to step 5. If you’re using the lid, ready your paint or marker, and draw or paint a black circle around the edge of the lid. It should be about 3/4 of an inch thick.
5. Fill in the circle with green paint or marker. Go on, fill’er up! You might want to take a break and let it dry if you need to do a second coat.
6. If you’ve already painted your black circle, move on to step 7, if you used the cutout stencil, paint a black ring around the edge of your green circle. It should be about 3/4 of an inch thick.
7. Mark the inner North, South, East, and West points of the black ring with a little black paint. These will be guidelines for step 8.
8. Connect East to West and North to South. Be careful! These lines should be as straight as possible.
9. It gets a little tricky here. Draw four slightly curved lines between the axes and the edge. They should be just shy of straight, and curve inwards (towards the axis). The goal here is to give the globe that 3-D feel. Use those geometry skills and this Globe Template to help!
10. Let it dry, and voila! Mama Gaia herself would be proud. Send us a picture of yourself wearing it to firstname.lastname@example.org – Planeteers who have made their own shirts have been featured on www.CaptainPlanet.me, our 415,000 Facebook Page, and in official Captain Planet videos! That’s an easy jump start on your 15 minutes of fame!
Another idea would be to download our Planeteer Globe template, get some iron-on paper, and follow the instructions on the packaging. Do you have your own ideas about how to make a Planeteer shirt? Let us know in the comments!
Til next time, The Power Is Yours!