How to Make a T-Birds Jacket

In the popular film "Grease," John Travolta's character, Danny Zuko, is a member of a group called the T-Birds. They wear matching leather jackets with a stylized representation of a bird and the group name across the back. Using some basic supplies, you can create your own T-Birds jacket to wear during Halloween or in a "Grease" play.

The T-Birds epitomized the greaser culture of the 1950's. (Image: wildatart/iStock/Getty Images)

Things You'll Need

  • Poster board

  • Crafting knife

  • Black leather or pleather jacket

  • Wash cloth

  • Soap

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Sand paper

  • White acrylic paint

  • Paint brush

Step 1

Draw a large uppercase T on the poster board with block lettering. The "T" in the logo is the largest part of the T-Birds logo.

Step 2

Draw a set of small quotation marks on either side of the large T.

Step 3

Write "BIRDS" underneath the T in block lettering, in a font that makes the word run as long as the width of the large capital T.

Step 4

Draw a small bird on the logo underneath the right arm of the T. The T-Birds logo bird has its wings extended out to the side, with its head turned to face the T and its legs and tail hanging down below the wings.

Step 5

Cut out the letters and the bird shape along the drawn lines using the craft knife to create a stencil.

Step 6

Clean the back center of the jacket where the logo will be applied using a soapy water solution, then rubbing alcohol. This removes the oil coating on the leather and allows the paint to adhere more successfully.

Step 7

Sand over the areas the paint will be applied using a fine sand paper. This roughs up the surface to increase the ability to retain the paint.

Step 8

Prepare a mixture of equal parts water and water-based acrylic paint. Then apply a layer using the stencil as a guide and allow to dry.

Step 9

Flex the painted area thoroughly, and then repeat for a second layer.

Step 10

Flex the leather again, then apply a layer of acrylic paint that has not been mixed with water.

Tip

If you are not artistically inclined, you can print off a picture of a T-Bird's jacket, then trace the picture onto the poster to create your stencil.

Slick your hair back and don your jacket with a white T-shirt and rolled up blue jeans to complete the look.

Make several jackets and give them as party of holiday gifts to your "Grease"-loving friends.

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