Make your own Disney family shirts using your child’s artwork for a trip to Disney, Toy Story Land or even a birthday party with this DIY Toy Story Shirts tutorial. It’s easy and fun to wear favorites like Buzz Lightyear, Woody, your favorite Potato Heads and aliens drawn by your own kids!
We are SO excited for the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and feel so lucky that our trip dates ended up being during opening week! I’m always on the hunt for what to wear to Disney and I especially wanted something fun for this bright and colorful new land.
My youngest, Calvin has been loving drawing lessons on Art for Kids Hub and over the past few months, started drawing Toy Story characters using their tutorials. I fell in love with his artwork and thought they would make the perfect Disney family shirts!
These Toy Story Shirts were so easy to make. I’ll show you how we made them and how you can too. And really, you can do this with any of your child’s artwork! The possibilities are endless.
DIY Disney Family Shirts Tutorial
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Step 1: Create your artwork. Like I said, my son used some drawing tutorials to create his Toy Story characters. Since then, my older son has freehand drawn some Marvel characters we will use for another set of shirts. How you get your artwork is up to you!
The main thing you want is a bold black outline. It really helps the image stand out and comes in super handy when cutting out your design.
Step 2: Take a photo of your child’s artwork.
Step 3: Prepare for screen-printing or iron-on transfer sheets. If you plan to use a screen printing service or transparent iron-on sheets, you’ll need to erase around your image so the edges don’t show after you cut it out. This was what our plan was originally and my husband painstakingly used the erase function in gimp (free) to get the images print ready. Sadly, when we tried to order the shirts, we couldn’t do it because of copyright issues. Bummer since we aren’t planning to sell them but I understand.
We went with option B, but I couldn’t find transparent iron-on sheets anywhere so we went with white. This meant all I had to do was cut around the bold black outline, which was super easy.
Step 4: REVERSE your image. This is especially important if you have any writing or numbers on your artwork. Make sure it prints the mirror image of what you want to see so it will be legible when you turn it over to iron on.
Step 5: Print your artwork according to the package instruction on your iron-on transfer sheets. Typically these ONLY work with inkjet printers, so make sure you have the right paper for your equipment.
Step 6: Iron on your art according to the package instructions and make sure to let the items cool before trying to peel the backing paper off. For t-shirts, I ordered French Toast tees for the boys, and Hanes for me and my husband. Fist bump to Amazon for having tall sizes!
DIY Custom Art Disney Family Shirts
Boom! You now have amazing and personalized custom shirts for your Disney loving family. I have to say, it’s been years since I used iron-on transfers and they have come a long way. I was really disappointed when I realized we couldn’t screen print because I worried the images would look shiny once we ironed them onto our shirts.
But that wasn’t the case at all. I love the way these Toy Story shirts turned out and we are totally ready for our Toy Story Land debut in just a few days! Now that we collaborated on these Disney family shirts together, my wheels are turning with ideas for our next project. To infinity and beyond!
Our Disney Family Shirts in action at Toy Story Land
We had the best time wearing our new shirts to Toy Story Land. We got stopped left and right by Guests and Cast Members alike asking where they could purchase them. It was so much fun to tell everyone that our youngest actually drew the artwork! He was beaming with pride and so were we.
Custom Disney family tees are awesome at a place like Toy Story Land because not only do you coordinate with each other, you are camera ready for about abillion photo ops!
I had the best time walking around taking photos in our shirts. There are SO many amazing details in Toy Story Land. I wanted to capture them all!
I love the idea of making your own custom tees for a vacation. It’s such a personal way to get the whole family involved. Our morning at Toy Story Land is one of our favorite vacation memories!
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