How to Fake Tire Marks on Shirts

Use an old tire to mark shirts.
Use an old tire to mark shirts. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Making fake tire marks on a shirt can help make a Halloween costume -- or it can simply add an interesting decoration to a plain T-shirt. Making it is simple and will only take a few hours to completely dry. Purchase the materials you’ll need at a craft or fabric store. Practice rolling the tire to make tread marks several times on a pieces of paper, until you determine the best consistency and pressure for the material and the tire you are using.

Things You'll Need

  • Old tire
  • Fabric paint
  • Paintbrushes

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Lay the shirt on a flat surface outside. Decide where you are going to place the tire tread marks.

Paint the tread on the tire with fabric paint. Don’t paint in between the tread. Use any color you like, but black or brown creates a more realistic look.

Immediately roll the tire over the T-shirt. Apply pressure if you are using a light tire, so that the pattern is pressed into the fabric.

Let the shirt dry completely.


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