DIY Screen Printing

A while back I was asked if I wanted to play around with the PLAID Simply Screen Custom DIY Screen Printing Kit.  I was hesitant, because it sounded hard and we all know by now, I don’t do hard crafts.  But they caught me off guard and I said yes! I’m glad I did.  It wasn’t as hard as it sounded, the learning curve wasn’t as high as I thought.  The Simply Screen Kit can be used over and over once you buy the kit…….all you have to do is buy the refill pages.  I screen printed 3 shirts…….all for my son.  His nickname is DucksROC606, so I decided to use that.  And I thought the mustache would make cute pajamas.

As if working with the screen printing kit wasn’t out of my comfort zone enough…..I also decided to video tape it.  Let’s just say I won’t be the next You Tube Star.

silk screen tutorial

silkscreening tutorial

Simple Screen


  1. Choose your Design. I ended up changing fonts for a better result, but you can use any design you can print out.
  2. Tape your design face down on the sticky side of the blue sheet.  The sheet isn’t THAT sticky, but it does have a noticeable texture difference.
  3. Place your sheet & design inside the light box.  I have since learned that placing clear glass or plexi-glass on top for added weight will help the design “burn” better into the blue shee
  4. Looks like I used this photo for #3 too.  Whoops.
  5. Turn your light box on and leave it for 25 minutes.
  6. Once done, remove paper design and place blue sheet in the provided plastic tub that you have filled with tepid water.  Gently rub both sides with the provided sponge to reveal your design.
  7. Lay your design on paper towels and gently dry.tutorial using a silk screen kit
  8. Once dry, place on the surface you plan to silk screen.  I taped mine down, but it’s not necessary.  Squirt paint out above the design……I didn’t pay attention to those details and it worked fine.
  9. Using squeegee to evenly spread the paint.
  10. Gently peel design away from surface to reveal your screen print!!!

And you are done!  The template can be used over and over.  The paint seemed to be dry within 30 min.  My son thinks the silver paint (actually called Tin Foil, which he picked out) is too glittery for him and he’s to chicken cool to wear it to school.  But he does like it and plans to wear it to bed. :)

Silk Screen Video

I hope you enjoy my video and that it helps you.  You can pick these kits up exclusively at Hobby Lobby.  I’ll be using mine again and I’m happy to say it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.



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Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





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  1. nik says

    sweet bananas it looks so easy! I’ve wanted to try one of these kits for awhile…thanks for the helpful tutorial and link.

  2. says

    Great tutorial, Kim! And your video ROCKS! (You shortchange yourself when it comes to crafts, you know 😉

    I can’t wait to get some refill screens and make some shirts for Grandson. Won’t say ‘Ducks’ tho . . . Although he’s not a Cal Bears fan yet. Falcons, baby! (He wasn’t born when Nephew played for Cal.)

  3. Johnnie says

    Oh Kim your voice sounds so cute! and Lucas looks so tall!
    cant wait to see you guys next weekend!!!
    xo j