How to Make Your Own Camo Shirt

by Guy Gardner

Design your camouflage shirt.

camouflage image by CraterValley Photo from

Camouflage breaks up the outline of the wearer into splintering color patterns found in the surrounding environment. This visual confusion makes it harder to pinpoint the wearer, allowing him to blend into the background. Camouflage is worn all over the world by many different armies, but each uses the same principle when designing camouflage. Anyone can make her own camouflage clothing, such as a camo shirt, at home.

Items you will need

  • White t-shirt
  • Tan dye
  • Three-to-five liter bucket
  • Paint brush
  • Olive drab, dark brown and black fabric paint
Step 1

Add tan dye to a three-to-five liter bucket, and mix it with the right amount of water. Refer to the package on the clothing dye for the correct mixing ratio. Not all dyes require the same mixing ratio of water and clothing dye.

Step 2

Place the shirt into the bucket of dye, and mix it around to evenly distribute the dye. Allow the shirt to soak in the dye for around 2 hours.

Step 3

Remove the shirt from the dye, and rinse out the excess dye by washing the shirt in the washing machine without any soap. Dry the shirt in the dryer.

Step 4

Apply olive drab, dark brown and black fabric paint as wavy lines and blotches over the tan background using a paint brush. Apply the colors randomly. Let the paint dry. Once the paint has dried the shirt can be worn.

Photo Credits

  • camouflage image by CraterValley Photo from