DIY Disney Shirt: Dinglehopper Hair, Don’t Care

Make this DIY mermaid shirt for your next trip to Disney or for the Disney lover in your life!

One of my favorite parts of going to any Disney park is wearing Disney themed clothing.  It makes me feel like I am part of Disney in some small way and it’s just a lot of fun.  When I was planning my trip to Orlando and I found out that a friend of mine and her family were going to be able to come down at the same time as us, the wheels in my brain started spinning.  I knew I wanted to make some kind of a t-shirt for the two of us so we could match.  (Yes, we’re those people.)  I started browsing ideas online of cute Disney quotes, made a list and sent it over to her to see what she thought.  We both picked the same two as our favorites and so I got started planning the designs.

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As always, I used my Silhouette Cameo for cutting.  It is amazing and I never hesitate to recommend it to anyone.  The first design was going to be centered around the words: dinglehopper hair, don’t care with a fork in the middle.  (I’ll be sharing the tutorial for the other shirt next week.)  We both love The Little Mermaid so it just seemed natural that we’d do a shirt based on that.  I bought our t-shirts at Target because I love their basic v-necks.  (They are the same ones I used for my mama bear shirt and my pineapple shirt.)  When I got them home, I measured the smaller of the shirts and then used those dimension to decide how big the design should be.  (I used the same size design for both shirts.)

I used my Silhouette Studio to create the design exactly how I wanted it.  I used the same font for all the words, but the sizing is different.  I squished some of the words and stretched others to make it all fit within the space I’d decided on.  I found a fork silhouette on Google, saved it to my computer and used the trace feature to outline the shape.  I manipulated the shape of the fork to extend just barely past the words.

*Note: I used the font Bolton, which is a free font.  You can download it HERE.  If you need help downloading and installing a font onto your computer, click HERE for a tutorial.)

Once I had everything where I wanted it, I colored the words and fork in with the colors of HTV (heat transfer vinyl) I wanted to use so I could see how it would look.  You can see my design below was pretty simple. 

Make this DIY mermaid shirt for your next trip to Disney or for the Disney lover in your life!

I had chosen a purple t-shirt and thought that black lettering and a silver glitter fork would look cute.  I ordered my HTV from Expressions Vinyl because they have great pricing, especially on their specialty vinyl like the glitter, glow-in-the-dark, etc.

When I got the vinyl, I went back into my Silhouette Studio to my design.  Select your entire design and flip the image.  This is an important step because when you cut the vinyl, you are cutting on the BACK, hence the reason why you’d want to make sure your image is flipped.  Otherwise, you’ll end up with backwards text.  You can flip your image by selecting all the pieces that need to be flipped, then clicking ‘Object’ >> ‘Mirror’ >> ‘Flip Horizontal’.

Make this DIY mermaid shirt for your next trip to Disney or for the Disney lover in your life!

Make this DIY mermaid shirt for your next trip to Disney or for the Disney lover in your life!

After everything had been flipped, I moved the fork out of the design and moved the text up so that it was all together and put the fork at the bottom.  Doing it this way allows you to cut all of the text at the same time out of the same color.  Then you can cut a piece of HTV for the fork and put it underneath the black HTV on your cutting mat.

Make this DIY mermaid shirt for your next trip to Disney or for the Disney lover in your life!

*Tip: Turn on your ruler so you can see how to line up your design and use the least amount of HTV possible.  It will also help you know where to put the glitter HTV so it cuts out the fork in the right place.

Cut out your HTV to the appropriate size from your sheet or roll and place it, shiny side down, on the cutting mat and load it into your machine.  Make sure to double check the cut settings, as they are different for smooth versus glitter HTV.  When I did it, I opened the cut menu and selected the fork and marked it as ‘no cut’.  Then I changed the cut settings to smooth HTV and let it cut out the letters.  When it finished cutting the letters, I left it in the machine (meaning I did not unload it). Then went back to the cut menu, selected the fork and changed it to ‘cut’ and selected the text and changed it to ‘no cut’.  I updated the cut settings for glitter HTV and then sent it to cut.

Make this DIY mermaid shirt for your next trip to Disney or for the Disney lover in your life!
An example of how I place different colors on the same cutting mat

*Tip: If you are making more than one shirt with the same design, you can create a new project page that has all the text on it and another that has all the forks on it.  Then cut all the words out of one piece of smooth HTV and all the forks out of glitter HTV.  This way you don’t have to worry about the ‘cut’ and ‘no cut’ settings, only the cut settings for each type of HTV.

After everything had been cut out, I pulled the vinyl off the cutting mat and weeded it all out.  (Weeding is when you remove everything that isn’t a part of the design.)  I love having this weeding tool because it makes getting tiny pieces of vinyl out so much easier.

Once my design had been weeded, I cut the words apart between ‘hair’ and ‘don’t’ so that I could place the fork in the middle.  (I’ve noticed that the HTV from Expressions Vinyl is actually a little bit sticky so you can put it on your shirt (or whatever you’re making) and it will stay in place.  This is nice because when it comes time to iron the HTV on, you know it’s not going to shift if it gets bumped.)

I centered the words below the point on the v-neck shiny side up and adjusted them until they looked right.  Then I turned on my iron to the hottest setting.  While it was heating up, I grabbed my ironing board and piece of cotton fabric to lay over the design while I was ironing.  You do not want to place a hot iron directly onto the backing of the HTV.  It will melt and ruin your iron.  When the iron was hot, I centered the shirt long ways on the ironing board so the entire design fit on the board.  Then I laid the cotton fabric, doubled up, on top of the design.  (You can use any color fabric you have, but I chose white so I could see through it a little easier and know that I was on top of the design.)

Make this DIY mermaid shirt for your next trip to Disney or for the Disney lover in your life!

To iron the HTV to the shirt, I placed the iron on top of the shirt (again, with the cotton in between the shirt and the iron) and press firmly for about 45-60 seconds.  I used the stopwatch setting on my phone and just moved the iron each time it hit the 45 second increment. 

*Tip: Glitter HTV will require a little more time under the iron because it is a little bit thicker.

Once you feel like you’ve gotten everywhere, remove the cotton fabric barrier.  Gently pull on the plastic backing to see how easily the vinyl comes away from it.  There will be a little bit of resistance, but the edges of your design should stay on the surface you’ve ironed it to if you’ve done it correctly.  If not, just replace the cotton and press the iron in the spot(s) that need a little more heat.

Let the shirt cool after you’ve removed the plastic backing from your vinyl and then try it on!

I am SO happy with the way this shirt came out!  It is exactly like I pictured in my head and it was so fun to wear it to Hollywood Studios with my friend.  Twinning at its best. *wink*

Make this DIY mermaid shirt for your next trip to Disney or for the Disney lover in your life!

Make this DIY mermaid shirt for your next trip to Disney or for the Disney lover in your life!

What would you put on your Disney shirt?

How To Tie Dye T-Shirts

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

In my mind, there are few things that say summer more than “tie dye t-shirts”, especially when it comes to kids.  I love how happy and bright the colors are and that each shirt is as unique as the child who wears it.
Last summer, I was walking through Target and noticed some clearance items at the end of an aisle so I stopped to take a look.  I found some small tie dye kits with 2 colors in each kit for $1.48.  I threw a couple of them in my cart and decided it would be a fun activity to do with the kids the following summer.

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

Fast forward to 2016.  I was making our family’s summer bucket list and remembered these tie dye kits that I had stored downstairs.  I had picked up a shirt on sale for my daughter from Hobby Lobby during one of my many visits (I love that store!).  For my son, I found a white shirt with a pocket at Target.

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

The day I had planned to do the project came and the kids were both super excited.  My daughter was excited because it was a craft project of sorts which she loves and my son was excited because his sister was excited.  I sent the kids outside for a few minutes so I could read through the instructions in peace.  The kids kept coming in every couple of minutes asking if it was time to start and climbing on the chair and trying to grab the bottles of dye or take their shirts outside with them.  I swear it took me 20 minutes just to read the steps!

So, I have a confession to make: I’ve never made a tie dye shirt.  I know!  How is it even possible I went my whole life without making one?  I don’t really know.  But today was as good a day to start as any.

Before mixing the colors, I went to my Pinterest page where I had found a pin for creating different tie dye designs.  It took me to Tie Dye Your Summer and it had video tutorials teaching techniques.  I asked my daughter which one she liked and she chose a heart.  I chose a design like this for my son.

After the t-shirts were all bunched up and had the elastics in place, I grabbed a cooling rack, a cookie sheet, plastic wrap and a small plastic bin.  Then I mixed up the colors and took everything outside.

I placed the cooling rack inside the cookie sheet.  (Looking back, I wish I’d put some tin foil or something underneath.)  The cookie sheet is meant to catch any dye that dripped of the shirt and the cooling rack made it so I had a surface that was higher than any dripped dye.

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

I pulled the plastic gloves on that had come with the kit and started on my son’s shirt first.  He wanted to help of course, so I put the other set of gloves on him and he “helped” me for a couple of minutes before running off to play.  I finished his up, wrapped it in plastic wrap to keep it wet and set it inside the bin.  Then my daughter and I worked on her shirt until she got bored and joined her brother.  So I finished hers too, wrapped it in plastic wrap and placed it with the other shirt.  (Honestly, I was ok with the fact that the kids didn’t insist on helping too much, since the dye would have stained any clothing it came in contact with.)

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

When using the dye I soaked the shirts pretty well.  I used one hand to squeeze the dye onto the shirt and the other hand to rub it in and move the shirt around and make sure it was getting spread around.  Since the colors were blues and greens, I wasn’t too worried about them overlapping each other or mixing a little.  But if you are using lighter colors next to darker colors and don’t want them to mix, you should leave about 1/2″ of space on either side of the elastic.

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

I left the shirts wrapped up for about 7 hours before unwrapping them and rinsing them out in cold water.  I washed them out in the bathtub under running water, squeezing the shirts until the water was as clear as I could get it.

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

Then I cut the elastic bands and unwrapped the shirts.  They turned out SO good!  I was seriously grinning from ear to ear because I was so happy with how they turned out.  My kids were already in bed so I had my husband come into the bathroom and look at them and he was pretty impressed too.

I threw them in the wash using hot water for the wash and cold water for the rinse (all according to the instructions that came with the kit).  When I pulled them out of the wash, I was surprised at how much lighter they were than before washing.  Then I put them in the dryer and laid them out for my kids to wear the next day.

The next morning, my kids were so excited to wear their new shirts!  I have to admit, I think they are pretty much the cutest kids in the entire world and wearing their matching tie dye shirts just about did me in.  I love them. 🙂

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

Of course, I had to take my cute kids out in the yard to model their new shirts.  You can see that the heart design on my daughter’s shirt turned out pretty well and my son’s design was really fun as well.

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

What says summer more than tie dye t-shirts?  See how easy it is and create some fun memories with your kids!

I found the whole process really simple.  The instructions were clear and the dye did it’s job.  I would definitely do another tie dye project next summer with my kids.

What do you think about tie dye?