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February 3, 2016

Disney T-Shirts - Do it Yourself!


We recently returned from a fabulous trip to Disney World!  With daughters ages 3, 6 and 9 - it was so fun to live through their eyes.  It is such an exciting place to be a kid :)

Before we left, I did a lot of planning, and gathering, and I made a bunch of Disney goodies for them to have ready to go at the parks.
Some of those things were t-shirts and hair bows - and I wanted to share all my fun creations!

Back when we planned the trip (knowing we would go with cousins and grandparents), my sister, mom and I did a t-shirt project together - so all of the cousins could have a matching shirt.  This Sharpie tie dye look was easy to achieve, and fun because each one was different, but matching in the style.  My mom had done these before, so she explained the process, and it's really simple.  Here are a few pictures to give you the idea:

With plastic cups (could be yogurt containers or anything like that), we used a rubber band to secure a portion of the t-shirt over the opening of the cup. 


Using any color sharpies we wanted, we drew little patterns, dots and squiggles inside the circle shape - really anything goes.  

Then, using a medicine dropper, we dripped rubbing alcohol right in the middle of the circle, and watched as it slowly spread from the center outward.  As it passed over the Sharpie drawings, it spread the ink to create this tie dye effect.  It was like magic!


We used bigger plastic containers for the head, and smaller for the ears - and the result was a funky Mickey head.  
Tip: We did not wash these before they were worn at Disney.  Since being home, they've been washed, and they do fade quite a bit.  

Because white t-shirts are so inexpensive (I got mine at Walmart for only a couple of dollars), I felt like I could experiment with different ideas, and not worry too much if they didn't turn out.
This idea ended up being really cute though!

I love to keep my children's artwork.  I scan into my computer all sorts of cute pictures - and from a few years ago, I had these pictures done by my older girls.
On the left you can see what they drew.  I put a white piece of paper over them, and traced the main lines, darkened my tracing, and then put it inside the front of the t-shirt.
I traced those lines again onto the t-shirt in pencil, and then using a paintbrush, I painted over the lines, to match their drawings.


They turned out so cute!  I wrote their names underneath, with the age they drew the picture, and it was another fun shirt for them to wear at the parks.


We took princess dresses, and other cute shirts I had purchased in advance - but one other set of hand made shirts were these silhouette shirts my mom made for all the grandkids.  Each has a different Disney character - and the bright colors were easy to keep track of ;)
She used her Silhouette Cameo - aren't they fun?


Stay tuned for other DIY outfits I made for my baby!
How about you - have you decorated your own t-shirts before?

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