DIY O-H! I-O! Shirts

When I originally typed up my post for today, I had every intention of doing nothing today.  Then, two things happened.  I opened up my paper and read the Black Friday ads.  I’ve never shopped Black Friday, but today I did.  Thing 1 and Thing 2 even tagged along.  It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought I would be.  Yes, there were too many people and most of them had no clue there were other people around them, but I got some great deals! 

More importantly, I remembered the biggest football game of the year is tomorrow and I haven’t started on the boys’ shirts!  So, instead of being couch potatoes let’s make some Buckeye gear.  Woo!

O-H!  I-O! Shirts

2 White Shirts
Red fabric paint
Grey/Silver fabric paint
2 Foam Paint Brushes


Pre-wash and dry your shirt.

Cut your freezer paper to fit in your printer (8″ x 10″ or smaller). 

Use this OSU template and print it onto the paper. 
Cut out the design using scissors or an X-acto knife.


Iron the freezer paper onto your shirt, make sure the pastic-y side is down. 

Place the shirt onto an ironing board and lay out your design on the fabric.
With your iron set to medium-high to high heat (NO steam), press the freezer paper onto the fabric. The adhesion will happen quickly so just give all the paper a quick once over and you’ll be good to go.

Insert a piece of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through.


Coat your paint brush with red paint and blot over the letters.  You’ll want to make sure you have fully covered the white fabric showing through the letter cut out.  Next, blot the dash cut out with silver paint.

Allow paint to dry according the package directions (about 4 hours).

When pain it dry, peel freezer paper off the shirt.


You will need a knife to get the inner section of the “O” started.
Tah-Dah!  Game day ready boys.
Go Buckeyes!!
I used a pretty simple shape and cut the shapes out myself so the paper did not curl.
If the shape you are using has more detail or you are using a silhouette (or simliar machine), click one over to this tutorial to see how to handle your pattern.


  1. says

    Yay! O-H!! Mike's entire family (except for Mike and is sisters who were born in AZ) is from Cleveland. I have my Bukceyes recipe up on the blog too. All our Ohio native friends love them. 🙂 Oh now I can't wait to show you what I'm making for my OSU v. the state up north post this year.

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