Make Your Own Mickey / Minnie Mouse Shirt For Disney World - No Sewing!

There are a few things that you can get away with at Disney without anyone taking a second glance.  Having your whole family dressed alike is one of my favorites.  It is so much easier to keep up with your littles if they are wearing the same thing - and it makes for cuter pictures.  I wanted a simple design for a T-shirt, but didn't want to pay at least $10 each for them(the cheapest I found Mickey clothes).  After searching, I found this super easy tutorial to put any image you'd like on a shirt(or any fabric surface really).  I decided to give it a shot.  I could have personalized the kids' shirts if I wanted, but decided against.  We were only at Disney one day this time, so I had the girls wear their pillowcase dresses and brought along these shirts that I made them in case they got wet/spilled food/etc.  My husband, son, and I all wore ours.

You'll need-
  • Shirt, Tote bag, pants, hat, whatever you want your image on
  • Print of the image you want...in the size you want it
  • Freezer paper
  • Sharpie
  • Exacto knife
  • Cutting board/mat
  • Iron
  • Permanent Fabric Paint in color(s) of choice(Matte Finish)
  • Paint brush or sponge brush to paint on the fabric
Tape your printed picture and tape it down to a cutting mat.  Tape a piece of freezer paper on top of it - with the shiny side down.  You can go ahead and start cutting what you want...

...but if it is a more difficult picture, I suggest tracing it and coloring it the parts that will be painted.

Cut out the picture.  As you can see below, you also need to keep the parts that are not painted.  For this picture, it was the Face, eyes, and tongue.  The more detail of your picture, the longer it will take.  I made 5 of these, so I turned on a favorite movie and started cutting.  It really didn't take as long as I thought it would once I got the hang of it.

Next, you're going to iron the freezer paper to your shirt.  With the shiny side down, just iron right on the paper.  I keep the picture right next to me to make sure I put the small pieces exactly where they need to go.

After the head was down, I placed the face, eyes, and mouth in the right spots and ironed them on - one at a time.  I went over everything an extra 3-4 times to make sure the edges are sealed really well.

Now it is time to paint.  Put a piece of cardboard(or something thick) in the shirt so it doesn't bleed through to the back.  I used one of these sponge brushes.

Paint the whole thing - make sure you get the edges really well.  Let it dry and do another coat - or 3.

I waited about 2 hours between each coat and then just let it dry over night before peeling the freezer paper off.  You could speed up this process by using a hair dryer.  When you take the freezer paper off, put a piece of fabric over the image and run over it with the iron to heat set it.  Remember, you could definitely personalized these!  Just print on the name in the font you want and follow the same steps above putting the name below your image.

My kids have worn and washed their shirts several times since we've been back and the shirts still look great!  You can often find plain shirts on sale for $3ish dollars and the paint is often on sale for less than 40cents a tube!  I bought a HUGE roll of freezer paper that will last me the rest of my crafting life(I might be exaggerating with as much as I plan on using this technique in the future) for about $5.

Want to make your own Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse Headbands?  Here is an easy Tutorial!

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21 comments:

Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired said...

Those turned out great! I would love to try that sometime. I've never made a shirt before but it looks doable and like something my kids would love to help with this summer.

Melissa Pezza said...

This is beyond adorable and creative!!! I might have to try this when we go to Disney in Nov!

Trish Harden said...

This is so awesome! It almost makes me want to try it with the kids this summer!

Morgan said...

Oh my gosh! This is a GREAT tutorial and this looks so simple! I am pinning this for a to do with my kids. Love it!!

Allyson Bossie said...

omg, the mickey mouse girl is so girly and cute! Love this idea, thanks!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Now that is just the smartest thing, and you're right, nobody would think a thing of it except that it's CUTE!

Stephanie Houghton said...

Wow! They turned out really cute!

Emma said...

Great idea and everyone looks wonderful! Love the pillowcase dresses - they're a favorite with my daughter.

Jennifer Clay said...

That is super cute! Thanks for sharing how to do this! I have never done anything like this before so I am excited to see how it turns out.

VickeC said...

that is so cute an so much cheaper to make it yourself

cheryl c said...

I'm impressed!

Linda R. said...

that's awesome I'm going to have to try it out thanks for sharing

Karen Coutu said...

How cool is that?!!! You could make matching ones for the whole family to wear on vacation together!

Tammy S said...

These are super cute! I love how these turned out. You can make these for any event. My daughter would love to do this. Thanks for sharing!

That Bald Chick said...

THAT is brilliant! We won't attempt Disney for a few more years, but that doesn't mean we can't do the shirts!

freddie said...

Wow, what a neat idea. My daughter would love doing this so I will be passing this along to her for my grandchildren.

Shop with Me Mama said...

Oh my goodness your kids are cute! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the shirt idea! How cute is that?!

Queentob said...

You don't give yourself enough credit! You did an excellent job! A great step by step by I'm not crafty AT all!! And I love that you all are wearing something you made!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Wow, those are fantastic! Great job!!

Amanda A. said...

what a fantastic idea!!! I will have to do this next time we head to Disneyland!

Emily said...

I love it! Looked great on too!! Thank you for the tutorial!

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