Henna Stencil T-shirt {Tutorial}

We made this handmade henna stencil T-shirt with left over stencils, as I love to get my hands hennaed for weddings, festivals, Eids or really any reason to decorate myself.

Henna refers to the dye prepared from a flowering plant, and the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes.  Henna has traditionally been used in North Africa, the Middle East/North African region, called MENA, and Asia, where it is called mehendi.

Personally I’ve never been a big fan of permeate tattoos (even though I grew up with a grandmother who had facial tribal tattoos) as they seem, well, permeate. Henna tattoos can be changed or placed on different body parts and only last for a few days.

If you are still torn about putting tattoos on your body, putting them on a t-shirt is an easy fix.

For today’s craft, my friend had brought me back some tattoos stickers that you can put on your hand and just paste the henna over. I thought it might be fun to see if the girls and I can use them to stencil over a t-shirt.


Prewashed t-shirt
Cardboard sized to fit in the t-shirt
Fabric paint
Sponge brush
Henna sticker stencil

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

Put your stencil design under a piece of paper and trace over the outline. Cut out the outline.

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

Place your cardboard inside the shirt so that your fabric paint does not bleed through. Center the piece of paper in the center of your t-shirt and put your stencil in the middle of your cut out.

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

Take your paint brush, dip it into the paint and sponge the stencil. Cover the whole design with the paint.

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

Let dry and carefully remove stencil.  Here is a close up of our painted stencil.

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

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I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.