Time for another fun Valentine’s Day project! Last week I shared an easy swing dress you could whip up and for a semi-dressy celebration. Today we’re going completely casual and making this fun glitter XO sweatshirt that’s perfect for the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, and even beyond since it’s not over the top. I’m styling mine with my new favorite faux leather leggings (non-maternity, but great for maternity too!) for a sleek but laid back look, but it would look so cute with skinny jeans and black pumps, or boyfriend jeans and pink heels.

I made mine with this sweatshirt I found in the mens section of Target because I wanted something simple and oversized (and I loved the little zipper detail on the side) but you could use any plain t-shirt or sweatshirt.

click READ MORE below to find the full step by step tutorial!

black sweatshirt (a t-shirt works great too!)
gold all purpose paint
gold glitter (or whatever color you’d like — pink or red would be cute!)
sponge brush
freezer paper
x-acto knife
Download the XO printable right here or create your own!
Step 1. Cut a piece of freezer paper to 8 1/2 x 11 so it will fit through your printer. Print out the XO (either mine or your own…it would be so cute in cursive!) on the dull side, not the shiny side.

Step 2. Using an x-acto knife, cut out your letters. Make sure to save the middle because you’ll need it later!

Step 3. With the shiny side down, iron the freezer paper onto your shirt. If you haven’t done this before, it’s super easy — just press the iron on the paper for a few seconds until it glues to your fabric. Make sure you press all the edges so it’s completely sealed and your paint and fabric won’t bleed.

Also, try on your shirt first and hold the paper up to your chest to determine your placement. Mark with a pin or fabric chalk.

Step 4. Once your paper is in place and completely sealed down, use a sponge brush and dab your gold paint in all the spaces to create the letters. Do two layers, and then sprinkle the glitter over it before it dries.

Step 5. Let the entire thing dry and then use the tip of your brush to carefully dab the glitter with fabric mod podge and seal it in place. Let it completely dry, and you’re done!



  1. Sarah says:

    So cute and easy!!

    ~ Sarah,

  2. Natali says:

    Adorable casual outfit!! You’re looking gorgeous and I love your DIY sweatshirt!

  3. Tori Hall says:

    This is so stinkin’ cute!! I am so tempted to make one.

  4. Julie Pfeiffer says:

    Love it! Thinking about making one with a pink heart. Will it be washable?

  5. This is adorable! I was looking for a cute Valentines Day shirt that wasn’t just pink or red…now I may need to make myself one! Thank you for the idea!

  6. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    This is such a fun DIY and I think it’s one that I can actually handle! I’ll definitely have to give this a try soon!


  7. Pritha00 says:

    I love this! does the freezer paper make the area around the XO shiny like transfer paper does sometimes?

  8. Vera Sawicki says:

    I LOVE this look & love your sweater.

    Blonde in Cashmere

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  10. Nancy Dyson says:

    I totally made this today! Woo! I used a black tee instead of a sweatshirt but it is just as cute. I really didn’t think it would turn out as good as yours but it did! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  11. Merrick says:

    Wax paper definitely doesn’t work the same way as freezer paper. I’m glad you found a good solution, but for sure try freezer paper next time!

    And yes, the metallic paint is so pretty on its own! xo

    • Della Oborowsky says:

      Oh geez! I didn’t even know they were different papers. Will definitely pick up freezer paper next time! Thanks!

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