10 DIY Screen Printing | DIY Formula

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 are quick and easy and help you make a shirt just for you or will even last through starting your own business.

1. DIY Screen Printing Frames

Here is a screen printing DIY 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
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2. DIY Silk Screen Printing

This DIY silk screen box was built using just a few items. The screen printing is created using a stencil and painters tape. This project requires quite a lot of tools and materials, however, it isn’t that hard to make if you have some experience and basic woodworking skills.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 1 hour
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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. Watch the tutorial below to learn all the steps you need to take in order to fulfill this project.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 3-4 hours
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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
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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. The tutorial below will also walk you through how to print a T-shirt using your new DIY screen printer.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 1-2 days
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6. DIY Vinyl Screen Printing

This easy screen printing DIY 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 DIY 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
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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 silk screen printing can be done for cheap. Some supplies you might already have in your home, see the tutorial below to find out all you need.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
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8. DIY Easy Screen Printing

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
  • Paintbrushes
  • 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: Intermediate
Duration: 1 day
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10. DIY Screen Printing Press

When you want to do multiple colors, this tutorial shows how to create a DIY 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
  • Wood
  • Hot glue gun
  • Turntable
  • Wood screws
  • Eye bolts
  • Compression spring
  • Eye hooks
  • Hinges
  • C-clamps
  • 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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