Bud’s 6th birthday was this week and to celebrate, we went to the zoo with two other families. We had 9 kids total so I thought instead of a party favor bag, I would make custom t-shirts for them all to wear. It was so helpful to have all the kids dressed in bright yellow shirts in the crowded zoo.
The project was fun and easier than I thought it would be! Here is how I did it:
You will need:
- Freezer paper
- A sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock
- Scotch Tape
- Foam brush
- X-acto knife
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Fabric paint (I used Tulip Soft Fabric Paint and it worked great)
- Piece of thick cardboard to fit inside your shirt
1. I started by creating my t-shirt design on the computer. I used a nice block font that would be easy to cut out. You can download a free printable of the design I created at the bottom of this post.
2. Then, I cut a piece of freezer paper to 8.5″ by 11″ using my X-Acto knife. I then taped it around the edges to a piece of cardstock. The shiny side was pointing down so that the dull side would receive the design. You do not need to make a mirror image of your design for this method. Just print it as is onto your freezer paper/cardstock.
3. Then I removed the freezer paper from the cardstock and placed it on a cutting mat. Using my X-Acto, I cut out each letter on the freezer paper. For the “ROAR” part of the design, I saved all the letters so I could iron those inside the stencil.
5. Then I used my foam brush and dabbed the paint inside the stencil until all the letters were covered completely with fabric paint (dabbing works better then stroking). I let it dry for a few hours and then gave it another coat of paint.
Et viola! I actually made 9 of these shirts and cut out 9 stencils but I have heard you can reuse the stencils if you are careful while removing them. I found steps 2 and 3 to be easy enough to just do them 9 times. I love the way they turned out. My friend said that they would be their new designated “Zoo Shirts” because they make it easy to keep track of multiple little people.
Here is a FREE printable of the “You’re Gonna Hear Me ROAR” design. Enjoy!