Do It Yourself: Making Watercolor Sweatshirts

Transforming a boring old sweatshirt is easy with a watercolor kit and some patience.

According to, watercolors were invented in China. And though we don’t live in China, you can make an easy DIY watercolor sweatshirt with these simple steps, inspired by “P.S. I Made This.”

materialsAlexandra Rapp


  • Sweatshirt
  • Watercolor paint set
  • Paintbrush
  • Sponge
  • Cup
  • Plate
  • Cardboard
  • Surface cover


  1. Place cardboard or paper inside the sweatshirt to prevent bleeding. Place sweatshirt and paints on a surface cover to prevent ruining the surface.
  2. Wet sponge, wring out excess water and dampen the desired area on the sweatshirt. step-spongeAlexandra Rapp
  3. Fill cup with water and pour some of it on the plate.
  4. Using the paintbrush, add the desired watercolors to the water and allow them to blend together.
  5. Using the paintbrush, brush or dab the paint on the desired areas of the sweatshirt. step-paintAlexandra Rapp
  6. Continue as desired, dampening the sweatshirt as you go. step-finalAlexandra Rapp

“Regular color is obnoxious,” said sophomore Carolyn Miller. “Water color is more toned down. It’s more subtle. It gives off a better vibe.” With winter fast approaching, this sweatshirt can make you look cool and keep you warm at the same time.