(Closed) Screen Printing vs. Heat press

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Screen printing DIY works really well, just be prepared to practice first, especially if you have never done it before!


It really is durable, and isn’t too difficult or time consuming either! Hit up your crafts store and look at the kits- pretty cheap, easy, and you will enjoy it!

Post # 5
1667 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Having done both extensively, I can tell you that screen printing is much more difficult (setup, materials, and you have to practice!) but the results are more lasting. I think for something as simple as gift bags for guests you might want to stick to the heat press. It is much faster and cheaper. Screen printing will of course give a more professional look though.

Good luck!

Post # 6
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jillieb:I always used the old embroidery hoops we have laying around the house, and a porous fabric (such as a tight mesh) and wax paper for the outlines. Once you get the hang of it, its quite simple. (That, and if you wash and rinse the mesh, you can reuse it for projects in the future.)  I also use acrylic paint (tee hee! cheating!) for the actual printing becuase it molds nicely to fabrics.  You can look at spending about 30 dollars for the entire thing.

To me, heat press looks really DIY, and I always thought that if you DIY something, you want it to look like you didn’t 🙂 It is definitely easier, a teeny bit cheaper, and significantly less professional.  It’s not worth the extra pocket change to me, but is worth a shot if you aren’t so so artsy 🙂

Post # 7
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m not sure about the heat press thing… but I’d consider talking to your local screen printing shop to see what they would charge for printing a large quantity of totes.  Typically, the more you purchase the better the prices.  Plus they have experienced people doing the art work and create any design you desire.

Post # 8
41 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m a huge fan of screenprinting and actually just recently posted a diy screenprinting tutorial on my blog detailing the process.seting up ur own print station at home is pretty easy and depending on ur needs can cost between 50-100 bucks in order to burn ur screen u can look up screen printing supply shops inur area they can burn ur image for about 10 bucks

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