Easy DIY Halloween Sweatshirt

Abi Dashery
by Abi Dashery
8 Materials
10 Minutes

Hello and welcome!

Today, I’m going to demonstrate how to DIY a Halloween sweatshirt.

If you do not like dressing up for Halloween but still want to take part in the festivities, then this is the perfect project for you.

It is quick and easy to make, using very few materials. All you need is an old black sweater and bleach. The technique creates a really cool, spooky goth hoodie.

If you live in a warmer climate, you could definitely do this on a t-shirt or tank top.

Let’s get right into it.

Tools and materials:

  • 100% cotton hoodie
  • Household bleach
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Spoon
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic folder/acetate
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
Supplies for DIY bleach spray

1. Make bleach spray

To make a bleach solution, take an empty spray bottle, put about an inch of bleach in it, fill it up with water, and close the cap tightly again. Shake the bottle gently to mix the solution. 

Supplies for bat shapes

2. Create bat shapes

Gather your plastic folder, scissors, and sharpie

Bat shapes on plastic

Use your sharpie to draw bat shapes on the plastic. I drew 5 bats.

Cutting out bat shapes

3. Cut out your bat shapes

Carefully follow the lines and cut out your bat shape with scissors.

Hoodie laid out on floor

4. Lay your hoodie on the floor outside

Now it's time to use your bleach spray. You should go outside for this part of the project. I also recommend wearing rubber gloves and a mask because the bleach fumes are very strong; so better safe than sorry.

I spread my sweater out directly on the floor. If you do not want the bleach splatter to come in contact with the floor, cover the area with plastic.

Bats on sweatshirt

5. Arrange your bats on the sweatshirt

You can be as creative as you want here. I arranged mine as if they were flying up towards the sky.

Spraying DIY Halloween sweatshirt

6. Spray hoodie with bleach mixture

Spray the front of the sweatshirt with the diluted bleach mixture.

Pouring bleach onto spoon

7. Freestyle other shapes with undiluted bleach

Pour undiluted bleach onto a spoon.

Splattering hoodie with bleach

Now, shake your spoon over the hoodie so you get random splatters. This part is optional but I like the look it creates.

Removing plastic bats

8. Remove the bats

Once your shirt is completely dry, carefully remove and discard your bat shapes. You can now wash and dry your hoodie.

It is important to wash the piece by itself as the bleach could stain other clothes. Once dry, it is ready to wear.

Completed DIY Halloween sweatshirt

DIY Halloween sweatshirt 

Here is the final DIY Halloween sweatshirt. 

Completed DIY Halloween sweatshirt

I loved the outcome so much I decided to make a second DIY Halloween sweater. 

I did the exact same steps as above, but I cut out tombstones and crosses instead of the bats. I also focused on spraying the bleach on the top half of the sweater. I think this second shirt turned out perfectly, I love how the technique captured this eerie graveyard scene. 

The world is your oyster with this DIY tutorial. Let your imagination get carried away. 

Thanks so much for being with me today. I had so much fun with this project. I would love to hear if you have any cool DIY hoodie ideas for Halloween.

I hope you have a great spooky season.

Cheers till next time!

Suggested materials:
  • 100% cotton hoodie
  • Household bleach
  • Empty spray bottle
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