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Make Your Own Bernie Shirts and Signs

Updated on April 20, 2016
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Politics affects all our lives. I made thousands of phone calls in the 2016 elections and now lead a group of women activists, all retirees.

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Save Money By Making Shirts and Signs Showing You Are a Bernie Sanders Supporter

Fans of Bernie Sanders are endlessly creative in supporting their favorite presidential candidate. They make their own signs and design t-shirts. Some do this because they're crafty and some are just thrifty. You can too. Here are some projects for you.

If a local march, phone bank party, rally or other Bernie Sanders' event is coming up soon, you'll want to get busy fixing your signs and figuring out what you are going to wear. Sometimes you just don't have time to order something or you can't find a design that fits what you want to say.You can too. Here are some projects for you.

Try some of the ideas below to make your own signs and t-shirts. You can do it. Here are some projects to get you started.

Make a Bernie Sign

Handmade Bernie 2016 Sign

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Painting Your Own Bernie Sign

Mackenzie Williams‎ on February 12·- I'm tired of having to see Trump signs in my neighbor's windows so I decided to use my artistic abilities to my advantage and paint a huge Bernie sign.

The picture above is not the finished result. I stuck it in my window and wrapped lights around the perimeter of the sign. All in all, let's just say there's now a totally huge Bernie sign on my street that's impossible to miss now.

Here's a Light Brigade in Action - Baltimore, Maryland

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Participating in a Light Brigade Event

My friend from Baltimore participated in a Light Brigade event. She's the one waving on the right side (holding the B). I asked her if the panels were heavy. Here's her answer.

"Just unwieldy if you're trying to hold more than one and wave too! Gotta stabilize them so they don't fall. off the bridge wouldn't be good... Each two are hinged together though, so that helps. I'm not sure if they were a thin plywood or a pressboard material.. wasn't thinking that much about it then. Each one has it's own battery setup for the lights of that panel. Christmas tree lights, each light with its own drilled hole. Joe, the guy who created them, did an amazing job. Yes, I want to do it again. They've done it on the stretch of York Rd that crosses I-83 north of Towson.

Stenciling Bernie Logos onto Sheets for Marches and Rallies

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Stenciling a Large Sign

Eric from the Columbia Gorge 4 Bernie group made this amazing stencil out of a used piece of paneling! We are using it to spray-paint sheets at a sign-making event.

We were blown away that he brought this to our sign-making event! You could hang these sheets on the side of a house or office building or hang them from line tied between two trees in a park for an outdoor rally or a Bernie pot-luck gathering.

Another Friend Made Large Bernie Signs with Zazzle

With Zazzle, you upload your design and order a sign. If you are in a hurry, you can pay extra to expedite it. You can also take your design to a local print shop or an office supply place like Staples or Office Depot.
With Zazzle, you upload your design and order a sign. If you are in a hurry, you can pay extra to expedite it. You can also take your design to a local print shop or an office supply place like Staples or Office Depot. | Source

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Fred Thompson Made This Sign for the Back of His Truck

Here's how he did it: I made the sign with an overhead projector. Traced the image and painted it!
Here's how he did it: I made the sign with an overhead projector. Traced the image and painted it! | Source

Examples of Signs for a Rally or a March

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This sign would work great for an information table where you're handing out Bernie Sanders literature at an event or on a street corner.  Use a stencil or stick on letters from a discount store. Hand-painted sign at the rally in Kissimmee, Florida.
This sign would work great for an information table where you're handing out Bernie Sanders literature at an event or on a street corner.  Use a stencil or stick on letters from a discount store.
This sign would work great for an information table where you're handing out Bernie Sanders literature at an event or on a street corner. Use a stencil or stick on letters from a discount store. | Source
Hand-painted sign at the rally in Kissimmee, Florida.
Hand-painted sign at the rally in Kissimmee, Florida. | Source
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Awesome Scrap Cardboard Letters Spell Out BERNIE

Read the story behind these letters (below). They are created by a homeless man in Los Angeles.
Read the story behind these letters (below). They are created by a homeless man in Los Angeles. | Source

The Homeless Man Who Makes Cardboard Bernie Letters

Mary Jane tells about these, "There is a homeless man who lives down the street from me, he creates all sorts of different Bernie art that blows me away.

He made these 3D Bernie letters from cardboard boxes. He's not often there, but I stopped to talk to him once and he was very adamant that we need Bernie to win to make real change in this world and we talked about how terrible TPP is ...

I'm so moved and motivated to keep fighting for him and all of us.... We ALL need this revolution!"

Make a Bernie Shirt to Wear

Iron-On Letters - Horizontal BERNIE Design

This inexpensive shirt gets the Bernie treatment with iron-on letters from the fabric department.
This inexpensive shirt gets the Bernie treatment with iron-on letters from the fabric department. | Source

Steps for Ironing On the Letters for the Bernie Shirt

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Start with a cotton t-shirt or a cotton-blend shirt that can stand up to the heat of an iron. You can see that this one was quite inexpensive.
Start with a cotton t-shirt or a cotton-blend shirt that can stand up to the heat of an iron. You can see that this one was quite inexpensive.
Start with a cotton t-shirt or a cotton-blend shirt that can stand up to the heat of an iron. You can see that this one was quite inexpensive. | Source

Margaret and Her Homemade Bernie Shirt

Bernie hugged me and my daughter and told me how much he loved our homemade Bernie shirts. I got to sit in the second row!!!! I also met Jane Sanders and Nina Turner.
Bernie hugged me and my daughter and told me how much he loved our homemade Bernie shirts. I got to sit in the second row!!!! I also met Jane Sanders and Nina Turner. | Source

Margaret Ellen Bradford - I've had a few people message to ask if I am selling shirts. I am not. I just used an iron on transfer. Anyone who was interested in purchasing one, I encourage you to make it yourself for $5, and then donate the other $10 it would cost to buy this shirt over to the Sanders' campaign!

If you do decide to make your own shirt, please remember to mirror the image so it is backwards when you print it on the transfer, so it comes out correctly when you place it on the shirt!

Use a Design from Your Computer to Print, Then Iron-On a Shirt

Avery InkJet Iron-On Dark T-Shirt Transfers, White, Five Sheets per Pack (03279)
Avery InkJet Iron-On Dark T-Shirt Transfers, White, Five Sheets per Pack (03279)

This iron-on transfer works with an inkjet printer and a dark t-shirt. It comes with five sheets in the pack, so you can apply the design onto five shirts. If you want a really big design, you can print half on one transfer and half on another, then line them up to iron onto the shirt. That's a bit tricky.

Click on through to Amazon if you want to see transfer sheets to use on white shirts.

 

Another Design with Iron-On Letters

Check the craft section at stores like Walmart or the big-box craft stores for plain colored t-shirts. These are often budget priced.
Check the craft section at stores like Walmart or the big-box craft stores for plain colored t-shirts. These are often budget priced. | Source

Steps for Ironing-On Bernie on a T-Shirt

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Find iron-on letters in the craft section at Walmart or a fabric store or craft store. Try out different arrangements of the letters to suit yourself. Read the directions for how long to apply the iron and what temperature to use. For these letters, you peel off the backing, position them on the fabric, then cover with a cloth before placing the iron on them. The instructions said to use the "cotton" setting on a steam iron.
Find iron-on letters in the craft section at Walmart or a fabric store or craft store.
Find iron-on letters in the craft section at Walmart or a fabric store or craft store. | Source
Try out different arrangements of the letters to suit yourself.
Try out different arrangements of the letters to suit yourself.
Read the directions for how long to apply the iron and what temperature to use.
Read the directions for how long to apply the iron and what temperature to use.
For these letters, you peel off the backing, position them on the fabric, then cover with a cloth before placing the iron on them.
For these letters, you peel off the backing, position them on the fabric, then cover with a cloth before placing the iron on them.
The instructions said to use the "cotton" setting on a steam iron.
The instructions said to use the "cotton" setting on a steam iron.

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Colorful Hand-Crafted Shirt Design

I took this photo at the Kissimmee, Florida rally for Bernie Sanders in March 2016.
I took this photo at the Kissimmee, Florida rally for Bernie Sanders in March 2016. | Source

Steps for Making the Shirt Pictured Below

  • Get a t-shirt and a tube of fabric paint. You might already have a shirt on-hand that you can use.
  • Try on the shirt and determine the section where you want your message.
  • Remove the shirt and place it on a flat surface.
  • Put newspaper or cardboard inside the shirt in case the paint seeps through.
  • Decide what you want to write or draw on the shirt. Sketch it out with a pencil on some paper first to practice and decide on the spacing.
  • Test the paint on some paper first to get a feel for how it flows out.
  • Write your words or draw your graphic.
  • Leave the shirt flat for a number of hours for the paint to dry. Check the instructions on the paint for this.
  • Enjoy your newly created, one-of-a-kind Bernie Sanders shirt.

Use Fabric Paint to Decorate a Bernie T-Shirt

It took just a short time to make this, using a squeeze tube of fabric paint and a plain t-shirt.
It took just a short time to make this, using a squeeze tube of fabric paint and a plain t-shirt. | Source

Here's the Kind of Paint Available for This Project

Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint 4oz Slick White
Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint 4oz Slick White

There are sets with lots of colors and you can even get ones with sparkles.

 

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      Virginia Allain 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for your comment. We meet lots of Canadians on the golf course here in Florida. They always seem pretty happy with their country and we ask about their medical system, they give a good report of it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 21 months ago from Canada

      What a great idea. I am Canadian but if I were in the US you would see me and my signs for Bernie. He would be my choice. In Canada Trudeau was the long shot but we made a lot of noise and we got the vote out. He won with a landslide majority. Get the vote out! Pinned and Google+'d. Good luck.