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DIY Disney T-Shirts

If you follow me on Twitter then you already know that we just got back from a FABULOUS Disney cruise to the Bahamas Nassau and Disney's own Castaway Cay island - which I will blogging about very soon!

I wanted to make some shirts for the kids to wear but didn't want to spend an arm and a leg so I started on the quest via Pinterest, Etsy, and Google! Yeah, it took me that long. But I finally found some ideas that I like and couldn't have been more pleased with how they turned out!

First, I made these for the boys to wear on the day we boarded the ship.

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I hate that you can't see Jayden's in this picture but they looked pretty darn cute with their Mickey shirts and plaid shorts. :-)

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Then I made these for all the kiddos to match in.
I added a ribbon bow in the reindeer for the three girls so they looked girly. :-)

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Here's a close up.

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And all of our little boogers dressed up.

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I'm going to have to get creative for vacation next year as my 10 year old niece told me she was just too old to match the younger kids anymore. :-) Girls.. They are so high maintenance!

So how'd I do it?! Soooo easy. I used transfer paper. Yeah, I know. It sounds tacky but seriously. I was impressed. I bought the nice stuff at Hobby Lobby. It was like $12 for a set of 8 sheets.

1. Choose your image.
I found mine HERE.

2. Customize your image.
I opened the image in a Paint file and added the text box in the middle of the Mickey heads. I'm sure you can do this in PhotoShop as well. I downloaded the Disney font from THIS website.

3. Print your image. 
This gets a little tricky. You will probably want to print a sample copy on regular paper first to make sure it comes our right. A couple of things to remember:
  • Make sure your printer is set to print in color.
  • Make sure you are printing on the best quality setting.
  • If you are using letters or numbers, make sure your printer is set to the mirror setting. (or they will come out backwards when you iron on your image. 
  • Read the transfer paper instructions so you are printing on the right side of the transfer paper. (Mine had a purple line on the back side.)
4. Cut it out.
 I trimmed all of my images very closely. You can see that the "Christmas 2011" image was not trimmed individually. If I was not making 8 of them I probably would have. You really could not see the paper on the white t-shirt but on a color I think you could.

5. Iron It On.
I was super nervous at this point.... The instructions say to iron on a hard surface - not an ironing board. However I didn't have anything that the heat wouldn't ruin so I just used the board. It worked fine. Just leave it on there as long as the instructions say. I ironed mine for approximately 90 minutes on each the top and bottom images. I don't think you could iron too long in other words. Make sure that thing sticks good. :-)

6. You're ready to go!
I did not wash my shirts before or after. I really like all the formaldahyde and everything. haha. No really. I wanted them to look as good as possible and since I wasn't sure how they would wash I decided not to take my chances.
They did actually wash well. I put mine in when we got home. Gentle cycle and line dried. They did fine. No cracking or peeling! I'm so impressed!

Good luck!

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