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10 DIY Screen Printing

Printed shirts are fun to wear, but finding one that says exactly what you want it to say in the right colors and on the right shirt can be impossible. Finding a company to create one special can be expensive and some places require a minimum order to even create the shirts. So we’ve compiled a list DIY screen printing at home. These tutorials range from easy and inexpensive to professional frames and screens. There are quick and easy ways to just make a shirt just for you or ones that will last through starting your own business.

1. DIY Screen Printing Frames

Here is a screen printing frame that is quick and easy to build. They used sheer voile fabric from the curtain section to keep the price of the fabric down. These frames can be built using any size wood and can be built to any size of frame needed.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Materials you need:

Two-by-two
2 1/2 inch wood screws
Stapler
Sheer voile fabric

2. DIY Silk Screen for Under $10

This DIY silk screen box was built using just a few items. The screen printing is created using a stencil and painters tape.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Materials you need:

Two-by-two
Plywood
Handsaw
Drill
Square
Staple gun
• two 1/4 inch-by-3 inch carriage bolts
• 2 1/4 inch washers
• also 2 1/4 inch wing nuts
• 2 Hinges
• 8 2 1/2 inch wood screws
Wood glue
Silk screen mesh
Squeegee
Stencil
Screen printing ink
Painters tape

3. DIY Single Color Screen Press

This tutorial creates a press to make your DIY screen printing easier. This machine can be built inexpensively, which is always a good thing!
Level of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 3-4 hours
Materials you need:

Two-by-four
One-by-two-by-six
5/8 inch particle board
1/4 inch hard board
• Two 1/4 20 eye bolts
• Five 1/4 20 nuts
• Two 1/4 20 by 2 inch bolts
• Four 1/4 20 washers
• Four 1/4 lag bolts
• Two 5 lb compression springs
• 8 Wood screws
• Two C clamps
One foot angle
Wood glue
Wood stain

4. DIY Screen Printing Hoop

Here is an easy to make DIY screen frame made out of an embroidery hoop. The printing screen is made using drawing fluid and screen filler to make your screens personalized to your art work.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Materials you need:

Embroidery hoop
Silk screen mesh
Screen drawing fluid
Screen filler

5. DIY Expose Screen and Print

Once you have a frame, this tutorial shows how to expose the screen and create a design on it for printing. It also walks you through how to print using your new DIY screen printer.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 1-2 days
Materials you need:

• Screen printing frame
Photo Emulsion
Sensitizer
Push pins
Squeegee
Tarp (or something to cover the space you are working on)
Transparent paper
Soft scrubbing pad
General purpose clamps
Screen printing ink
Paint brushes
Iron

6. DIY Vinyl Screen Printing

This DIY screen printing is made with vinyl. This method is easier than using emulsion but can be worn out over time. It’s the perfect solution for a starter screen printing kit, a small gathering of family or friends, or to make one t-shirt for yourself.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
Materials you need:

• Screen printing frame
Vinyl
Tweezers
Metal pick
Scissors
Metal wire
Transfer tape
Painters tape
Plastic Sheet
Squeegee

7. DIY Silkscreen

If you are looking for a quick and inexpensive way to make a few screen-printed shirts for yourself or are starting with a smaller budget, this DIY screen printing can be done for cheap. Some supplies you might already have in your home.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Materials you need:

Stretched canvas
Nylon tights
Stapler
Mod podge
Scissors
Black marker
Paint brushes or sponge brush
Painters tape
General purpose clamps
Screen printing ink
Squeegee

8. DIY Screen Printing Made Easy

This tutorial shows a great way to make easy DIY screens for printing that are easily replaced. This is a great way to go if you’re looking to make just one or two shirts per design. This is also a great way to use your own designs.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Materials you need:

Embroidery hoop
Mod podge
Painters tape
Paint brushes
Organza fabric
Screen printing ink
Squeegee

9. DIY Advanced Screen Printing

Here is a tutorial that explains how to screen print with multiple colors. If the tutorial seems too fast regarding how to use the emulsion to set the screen, please check out #5 for a more in-depth look into it.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 1 day
Materials you need:

• Screen printing frame for each color
Photo Emulsion
Sensitizer
Clear film with design printed on it
Painters tape
Screen printing ink
Squeegee
150W clean incandescent light bulb with reflector

10. DIY Four Color Screen Printing Press

When you want to do multiple colors, this tutorial shows how to create a screen printing press that allows up to four different colored screens. The instructions are in cm, so the parts are an approximate size converted to inches.

Level of difficulty: Hard
Duration: 6-8 hours
Materials you need:

• Screen printing frame for each color
Plywood cut into the following sizes:
• 2 feet squared
• Two 1 foot square sheets
• 22-by-18 inch
• 12-by-10.5 inch
Two-by-four cut into the following sizes:
• 33 inches
• Two 16 inch boards
• Four 9.5 inch boards
• Two 4.3 inch boards
• 3 One-by-twos
• 2 Two-by-twos
One half-by-three
6 inch Lazy Susan turntable
• Six 2.5 inch screws
• Eight 1/4 inch lag eye screws
• Four 3/16 inch lag eye screws
• Eight 5/8 x 3 3/4 inch springs
• Eight 3/16 x 4 inch hook and eye turnbuckles
• Four 3 1/2 inch wide hinges
• 8 two inch metal C clamps
• 16 two inch wood screws

Conclusion

These DIY screen printing tutorials are perfect for any size of t-shirt orders, from one to hundreds! If after printing the t-shirts you need room to store them read about how to make your own closet. Let us know what designs you came up with to print on your t-shirts, poster boards or anything else you wanted to screen print.

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