DIY Personalized Birthday Shirt
Have you ever researched buying a personalized birthday shirt for your child? They are crazy expensive! I saw some for $30!! For one child’s shirt!? I don’t think so! Thus my Domestic “Goddessness” emerged. I thought “Hey now, I can make this!”
First, I got a plain white shirt from Walmart ($3 – grab a regular Tshirt not an undershirt). Then I was off to Hobby Lobby for a set of stencils that were less than $4 and paints. For this project, I used Tulip brand fabric paint in the squeeze bottles. They were less than $2 each.
I then pre-washed the white shirt and dried it in the dryer. Once clean, I placed a piece of cardboard inside the shirt. This keeps the paint from bleeding through to the back.
Once I placed the stencils to where I wanted them, I painted the shirt with various colors. My son has a huge obsession with balloons, so his first birthday party is balloon theme. I painted a huge cupcake in the middle of the shirt, then using stencil letters, I painted his name under the cupcake. I hand painted the # 1 and the balloons beside his name.
It is imperative that you let the shirt dry for at least 48 hours, and then wash on cold water to set the colors. I would recommend hanging the shirt to dry.
Once dry, get as many pictures as you can with the child wearing the shirt prior to his party so it is still clean!
If you want to preserve the shirt, place an enormously huge bib around him while he eats.
Depending on how you want to design the shirt, it should take less than an hour to make. It took me approximately 30 minutes to make his shirt, but I’m fairly certain it took less than 30 seconds for him to get it dirty!
This is a DIY guest post by Beth Nuckols. Beth is a mom and photographer in the Tri-state area.
Lily Kwan says
This personalized birthday shirt looks very nice. Thanks for sharing!
I would love to try this for my nephew!
Jasmine P says
What a cute idea! LOve it!
RANDY FULGHAM says
I THINK HE MAYBE MISSED UP HIS SHIRT A LITTLE–REAL CUTE THOUGH
Cheryl Reinhardt says
Sooooooooo cute…. great idea to personalize the Birthday !!! Love the picture he looks like he really liked his cake……. thanks for the idea !!!!!
I like how easy and inexpensive this project is.
Dawn K. says
LOL. I saw the photo before I saw your comment about a big bib. Very cute idea.
Paula morgan says
Such an adorable idea!!
Peggy Johnson says
such a great idea, might be fun to do for all the littles at the party
Kimberly Flickinger says
Too cute & very cost saving!
I’m so glad to see someone else doing this! Although, I think yours turned out better than mine. We did these for several years in a row for the kids, they’re now in keepsake boxes for each of them.
Stacy Harrington Calhoun says
I love that you can also do this every year and keep a keepsake Tshirt for your kids and as they get older they can help design them
Mary Beth Elderton says
What a great birthday idea!
Farrah King says
What a great idea! We all know how messy the 1st Birthday and smash cake pics are! Love the shirt idea.
Gloria Walshver says
Wish I can do this,I’d make it for all my grandchildren.
Betty Baez says
Cute!!! It’s a good thing you didn’t spend $30 on a shirt he would ultimately have covered in chocolate 😉
Rebecca Carter says
This is a great idea!
Nickie Busco says
I love this idea. Sook much better than spending tons of money on pre made specialty shirts!!!!
This is a great idea, the entire project cost you about $15, congrats!! Thank you for sharing this great craft idea.
I love the picture at the end!
Priscilla S. says
Awww, this is such a cute idea! Especially for the first birthday since it’s such a big deal.
Aww, so cute!
Julie Marie Beane says
Very sweet idea
Chrystal Thurston says
OH I wish I would have had these when my kids were little, I will have to make them for my Grandsons!
Thanks for sharing this! I have 2 small children and am one to go all out on their birthdays! I love this!
laurie nykaza says
such a cute shirt looks so cute in the picture a fun gift to make for the kids
my son just had to make one for school his was a little more simple just one color lol
That’s pretty cool. My husband makes customized t-shirts so I know how they work and some people overcharge for a child’s shirt but sometimes you have to understand its not only the materials they are charging for – it is in fact the time and people sometimes want to keep the shirts for memories.
But great DIY!
Keep it Touched,
Karen Richards says
And make sure you save this shirt for the future. Looking back on special shirts and outfits when your kids are grown is so much fun!!
From the amount of cake he wore… the pictures may have to be the memories!