Friday, July 11, 2014

Homemade Birthday Tees

I was browsing through Mariah's Wanelo list before her birthday this year, and she had a ton of tee shirts listed as gifts she wanted. Some of them were running $25 or more. I'm cheap. I don't want to pay that much for a tee shirt. Jason suggested I try making her similar shirts using my Silhouette Cameo. Honestly, I've never used it for more than cutting out vinyl stencils and a few paper crafts, but I felt confident it couldn't be that hard. I was right, and now a new hobby is born. I picked up a few blank tee shirts for $4 at Meijer, then went to town crafting!

I'm a little late to the party showing these since her birthday was last month, but better late than never, right?


 I was able to make these 3 shirts for what the cost of what 1 would have been!

Since I didn't pack my Silhouette back up to store away in my craft room yet, I decided to make her a belated birthday coffee mug the other day. Trying to find a plain blue coffee mug was a pain, but I found this one for $6 at J.C. Penny, and made her a The Fault In Our Stars mug.

The Fault in Our Stars Cup

I have used vinyl on plastic tumblers before and have had no problems with it coming off in the dishwasher. However, the first set of stencils I did on this mug started to peel off when ran through a cycle. I would recommend hand washing any glass/ceramic dish you apply vinyl to, otherwise you'll be reapplying another set of your stencils to your project. 

Do you like to make your own custom tee shirts? What has been your favorite handmade gift you have ever given or received?



62 comments:

  1. Those look great! I've never done anything like that, although it does look like something fun. Next week Elliott and I are going to start working on an autograph book for our upcoming Disney World trip. While we have the Cricut stuff out, I might consider doing something fun for him like that. I'll have to look around for some ideas and see where to buy stuff. Since we are remodeling, my Cricut isn't usually very accessible right now.

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    1. When are you going Carla? We are going in October. The girls still have pages left over in their autograph book we bought last time, or I would totally have them make one of their own.

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  2. I recently made a few tie dye shirts. 2 were failures, and the other 2 came out alright. So much dye to work with though. The kit had some cheap gloves, but I still got some on me. Actually a lot, so much blue dye in fact that I became fluent in smurf.

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    1. That dye does suck to work with. Mariah did a tie dye shirt for Halloween last year and it was messy!

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  3. Yes, better late than never. T-shirts always come in handy. I used to love making tie-dye shirts, like Adam. But yeah, the dye is strong stuff. There was also silk-screening. That was fun. I wonder if anyone does that anymore. (?)

    Have a nice weekend, Theresa.

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    1. Silk-screening was huge, wasn't it? My cousin used to do that, but he liked to make naughty tee shirts, so I never got any of his designs lol.

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  4. I am so jealous of you that you can make such awesome shirts like that. I should hire you to make me some :)

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    1. Actually, your Disney shirts you bought on Etsy last Halloween gave me the inspiration to try making my own. You have a Cricut don't you? You can make some if so. It was really super easy!

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  5. Did she like the presents? :)
    My own parents never spent more than 10 bucks on me, methinks..... Which is why me is cheap too.... I'm just not used to anyone, even me myself, spending any money on me LOL

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    1. She loved them! My mom didn't spend much on us either. Being a single mom to 4 kids, there wasn't much left, but she did always make the best out of what little money she had for us. I don't like to spend on myself either, and I always feel weird when others do, even my husband lol.

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  6. They turned out great, I tried once way back when, didn't turn out the best lol

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    1. Pat, a crafter? I never would have thought so ;)

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  7. You did a great job! I bet she loved everything too!

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  8. Ok, I need a Sillouette! These are awesome!
    I'm so happy you stopped by to say hi to me! I miss linking up for WW's :(

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    1. I haven't don WW for quite some time with a linky. I was spending way too much time each week trying to stay caught up on all of the blog visits it required to keep it going. I miss a lot of those old faces though!

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  9. Wow these are awesome! The possibilities are endless and you can make so many different stuff!! You're gonna be even more busy nowadays haha

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  10. i'm totally impressed with this crafty device! i must check it out! awesome results!

    and thanks for commenting on my broken branch falls blog tour!

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  11. Those are fun! You did a great job! Did the t-shirts wash well? I usually use fabric paint on the ones that I've made. It stays on.

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    1. Yes, they did wash and hold up well. No cracking in the designs whatsoever. You are supposed to wash and dry the shirts before ironing on the transfer, to reduce the chance of the shirt shrinking which would affect the design.

      I always love your fabric paint shirts you make the boys. I am afraid I am just not that good with a paintbrush though :)

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  12. You are always such the crafter, and have your kids doing it too. I used to craft a lot... now my Daughter and Granddaughters do it.

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  13. I bet she loved these I know i would of.You did a really great job.

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  14. I've never made a custom t-shirt like this before, but these sure are cute! You could have your own little business going on here!

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  15. Cutting a stencil and using ceramic paint would have worked on your mug. The vinyl tends to peel with the heat!

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  16. Those tees are super cute! I haven't tried to make a shirt in a long time.

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  17. Those turned out awesome! I would love to try and make my own t shirts like that or mugs, my kids would love it too! Great job :)

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  18. Wow those are amazing! I especially love that mug. Gotta have it! :)

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  19. Those look great. Homemade items are much better than mass produced gifts!

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  20. I love homemade gifts. I try to incorporate them into Christmas gifts. I've made things from scarves to blankets and purses.

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  21. These are super cute! I love anything personalized for gifts especially.

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  22. Those look so awesome! I love when you're able to give great homemade gifts, it's so much more personal!

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  23. You're inspiring me to try something like this too. Those came out so super cute!

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  24. That's so awesome. I'd love to be able to make shirts like that.

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  25. I have never made a custom t-shirt before. I wish I was more crafty!

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  26. We have done tshirts with iron ons. Yours turned out great.

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  27. I've never made my own tee before but would love to. I actually just bought a tie-dye kit just recently and can't wait to do that.

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  28. I love handmade gifts my favorite was a bracelet my son made me for mother day's it had lots of sparkly things on it.

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  29. I have never made my own tee before. I have thought about it for many different reasons. I would love something unique to me.

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  30. The shirts look great - I haven't tried making my own before. The Fault in Our Stars cup was really creative - love it!

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  31. I have tie-dyed shirts before, but never made any with sayings on them like these. I love the idea though!

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  32. So cute and creative... now I need to think up something clever for my t-shirt!

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  33. I'd love a silhouette to play with! We do tie-dye and puffy paint though.

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  34. I love personalized tees! I'll definitely have to check this company out. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Turned out nice! I want to make custom shirts one day for a family reunion

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  36. Hubs got a Cricket for Christmas. Yes, I said my husband got one, not me. LOL He has lots of ideas for it, but hasn't pulled it out yet.

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  37. I made myself a birthday shirt last year. It was really fun!

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  38. Those look great! You did an amazing job!

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  39. This is too cute! What a fun an great idea! I love to make homemade gifts too!

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  40. I don't like to pay a ton for tees either. I think it's cool that you made some for her.

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  41. This woul be amazing to make. Love your ideas.,

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  42. Love the tees but can we talk about that mug!

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  43. These look great! I have a Silhouette Cameo and have been wanting to try using vinyl on shirts and such - have just been too scared to do so.

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  44. Those are some cute shirts. When I want super cute shirts like that I go to a tshirt printing site and order them from there because I have 0 craftiness lol

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  45. I love the shirts! I have a Cricut- bleh! I am looking to sell it- the functionality and compatibility is non-existent.

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  46. I had to laugh at the "That's not very punk of you" tee shirt! These tees are all so cute!

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  47. Wow, you did great! That's way better than buying them!

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  48. I love making my own custom everything. I have never even thought to make my own mug...that innovative I have to do it!!

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  49. What a great idea. I love the coffee mug. And what a savings too!

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  50. These are adorable! I love that you saved on them too. What an awesome way to let your personality shine.

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  51. Very cute. My favorite is the pizza roll princess.

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  52. These are amazing Theresa! A perfect gift!

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  53. I love them. they turned out soo cute! :) I like the mug too

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