Homemade Disney Mickey Mouse Shirts
Well we’re heading on a Disney Cruise and my 14 year old requested matching shirts for the family! I KNOW, I can’t believe it either. I’m still in shock. My husband said, “let’s do it”. So we had a family meeting, and discussed what options we had. I’m actually going to make 3 different shirts for each person.
This is the first set of homemade Disney Mickey Mouse shirts. I love the look of bleach shirts and think it makes them look kinda vintage.
This is the Mickey Head silhouette I used as a template. You should be able to scale them to 120% or more to fill an entire 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. Or scale down for a smaller child.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Freezer paper – because you can iron it onto the shirt (shiny side down) and then peel it back up when done.
Xacto knife – Scissors worked fine for the Mickey silhouette but an xacto knife would be better for more intricate silhouettes.
Empty Spray bottle
Shirts – I purchased mine at Michael’s when they were on sale for $2.99 ($1.79 for kids shirts). I did splurge and spend a couple extra dollars on mine, because I wanted ladies fit v-neck and let’s face it, those are way more flattering than the basic t’s. If you can’t find them in your store, they do sell the same brand online, Gildan, but they ship from Europe so be prepared to wait a bit longer. They do have more color options also and the price is nice. Or you can just pick up t’s at Walmart or even JCPenney’s, for usually under $5.
You could even use some old t-shirts you already have, or thrift store finds.
Print out the Mickey Head silhouette to the desired size. I filled an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper for mine. Then cut the silhouette out and trace onto a piece of freezer paper. You maybe able to try printing directly on the freezer paper (matte side) if you cut your paper to fit your printer. I just printed this once on regular paper and then traced it.
Tracing on matte side of paper makes it easier.
Once they are all traced, you can cut them out of the freezer paper. You will need a new sheet of freezer paper for each shirt. Unfortunately you won’t be able to reuse them.
Once you are ready to make the shirts, place the paper shiny side down on the shirt in the spot you want it. Then iron it down, making sure you get all the edges.
TIP: Do this part right before you are ready to spray the shirts. The paper can start to peel off if you let it sit and you’ll have to iron down again.
Inside the spray bottle I had bleach and water at a 1:1 ratio. Place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so the bleach does not soak through to the back.
I set the spray bottle nozzle to spray on a light mist and sprayed around the template about 10-12 inches away. Then I turned the nozzle to a long stream and drizzled down the shirt to make some bigger drops.
TIP: DO NOT OVER SPRAY! It takes a while for the bleach solution to take effect. I let my kids do their own shirts and they over sprayed them. I recommend a light spray, then wait a few minutes to see what happens. Spray more if needed. You might even want to practice on an old t-shirt first. The red shirt specifically took almost 20 minutes to really take effect. (Scroll to the bottom to see what happens when you over spray)
After you are done spraying, dab any remaining bleach solution off the template with a paper towel, or you will risk it dripping on the design. I dabbed the paper then waited another 20 min or so for the shirt to dry a bit before removing the paper. It peels right off.
Below is a photo of my daughters shirt FAIL! It was over saturated and ran underneath the template. I threw down another $2 to redo hers. 🙂 You might call that one a Pinterest FAIL. lol
See top image for final shirts. I LOVE how they turned out! My daughters purple shirt has some nice colors to it. I like how the light mist outlined the design and then the larger sprays gave it some fun designs.
The possibilities on these are endless. You could cut out names in the middle or underneath, or even on the back. I’m not a fan of my kids names on their shirts so I didn’t do that. I think a Cinderella castle would be cool with maybe even a tinkerbell flying above!
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