How to Make a Skull Cut-Out T

Recently, there has been a wave of skull cut out t-shirts, for way too expensive prices! I decided that it would be much easier to buy a $2 thrift store T, and make my own, instead of buying a $30 one and feeling bad for wearing it twice. This DIY is inexpensive, non-committal, creative, and quick!

Materials:
– One t-shirt (I chose a black size M)
– Scissors
– One metallic/silver sharpie pen
– a newspaper or magazine

Here is the shirt before I cut it:

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A few tips before you begin:
– When you begin to cut your shirt, lay a newspaper or magazine between layers so you don’t cut through to the other side.
– Get creative! Try different shapes for the skull features.

Step 1: Cut off the neck line. I cut mine in a “U” shape.

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Step 2: Draw the nose about in the middle of the shirt. I did this by drawing three uneven triangles. Two large ones and a small one between the two. This will give the shirt a stringy look.

Step 3: On each side of the nose, draw a small oval shaped ark. These arks will be the bases of the eyes.

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Step 4: Finish drawing the eyes. You want the shape to be similar to an egg. I drew lines in the middle of the eyes to be left as strings when I am cutting.

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Step 5: When drawing the mouth, start about 1 1/2 inches below the nose. Make two vertical rectangles as your top-middle teeth. Then draw the bottom middle teeth lining up with the top.

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As you continue to draw in the teeth, you can leave the mouth straight, or make it smile. I chose to curve the last to teeth on either side at an angle.

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Step 6: I chose to draw in “cheeks” to add some more definition to the skull. I drew out two triangles on each side of the face, with the outer edge curved.

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Step 7: When you have all your features drawn, begin cutting.

First I did the eyes. One tip for the eyes, is to cut them section-by-section. If you chose to leave strings like I did, make sure to leave them thick, otherwise they will easily rip (like on my right eye).

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Next was the nose, again doing this in sections was the easiest.

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Finally was the mouth. I started from the middle and work outward. I originally wanted to leave one tooth empty, as you see in the photo, but chose to cut that one out as well.

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Lastly, I cut out the cheek bones. While cutting them, I chose to round out the lines slightly just so it wasn’t as harsh as it was planned to be. This picture is above.

I loved how this shirt turned out! A few final tips:
– Cut off the bottom hem, and then hem off the sleeves last. I chose to keep mine short sleeve.
– Stretch and pull the shirt in different directions until you get the stringy effect on the lines of the skull.

I styled this shirt with high waisted jean shorts, leopard loafers, a navy bralette, and my hair is in a unicorn braid.

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