Off to Disney? Don’t pack your suitcase without this fun DIY Disney T-Shirt, featuring dole whips + pirate ships!
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You guys. I am so excited.
I can barely contain myself.
Justin and I are getting ready to leave on an adults only trip to Disneyland.
I know. You think I am nuts. You’re wondering why the heck I would choose Disney over, say, Mexico? Well, it’s the happiest place on Earth!
The next time you go to Disney Parks, you may be with your whole family. Regardless, you NEED this cute DIY Disney t-shirt in your life. I mean, dole whips? Pirates of the Caribbean? You can’t pass this stuff up!
DIY Disney T-Shirt
I’ve made dozens of t-shirts in the last couple of years…They’re one of my favorite things to make.
I have so many DIY t-shirts that Justin recently asked me if I had to put words on everything…The answer is yes, no surface is safe. He doesn’t know it yet, but I’ve made a few Disney t-shirts for him too. Ha! Thank you Cricut!
In fact, I got so excited about the prospect of matching Disney t-shirts (Shhh! He doesn’t know that part either.), I made nearly a dozen different designs. I can’t wait to share them with you this summer!
Today’s DIY Disney t-shirt though? This one is just for me. It features two of my can’t miss Disney adventures…a stop at the Dole Whip counter (mmmm) and a ride (or 20) on Pirates of the Caribbean.
What you will need to recreate this Disney shirt:
I have provided a direct affiliate link wherever possible so that you can easily create your own t-shirt! Most of these tools listed below are are things I use all the time!
- Disney Dole Whips and Pirate Ships Cut File (download at the bottom of this post)
- Electronic Cutting Machine (I used my new Cricut Maker)
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (I used this glitter HTV)
- Cricut Bright Pad
- Cricut Weeding Tool
- Cricut EasyPress 2
- Cricut EasyPress Mat
How to make this DIY Disney shirt:
- Download the DIY Disney t-shirt Dole Whips and Pirate Ships cut file located at the bottom of this post.
- Upload the file to the Cricut design space (or applicable design software) and size the file accordingly.
- Mirror the image so the text appears backwards on the screen.
- Feed the heat transfer material into your machine with the glossy side down. Select HTV on the media menu dial or in design software and cut.
Note: I used my new Cricut Maker for this project. You can read all about my new machine here, but this project could also be completed on an older Cricut Explore machine.
- Peel the negative space in the design off the plastic backing, leaving only the words and shapes on the clear plastic transfer sheet.
Note: Glitter HTV is notoriously difficult to weed, as the cut lines are harder to see. I use the my Cricut Bright Pad whenever I need to weed glitter products. It illuminates the cut lines and makes weeding so much easier.
- Pre-heat the t-shirt you’re planning to transfer the design on for about five seconds and crease the center to serve as a point of reference.
- Position the Dole Whips and prate ships cut file on the t-shirt face down so that you see it through the clear transfer sheet. Your text should be facing the right direction at this point.
- I used my Cricut EasyPress 2 to transfer this design to my t-shirt.
Note: After my Cricut, the EasyPress may be my favorite crafting tool. If you’d like to know more about it, you can read my review of the EasyPress 2 here.
If you don’t have an Easy Press, place a thin cloth or parchment paper over the design and place a heat source (like an iron) on top PRESSING FIRMLY into the design for 45-60 seconds.
- Remove the iron and cloth. Gently peel up the transfer sheet. If the HTV continues to stick to the transfer sheet, replace the cloth and iron again making sure to apply pressure.
Note: Follow the instructions on your HTV to determine if the transfer sheet should be pulled back when the vinyl is still hot or if you should wait until it’s cooled. Glitter HTV is typically a warm peel.
I am so excited to head off to Disneyland in my new DIY Disney t-shirt. I can’t wait to share some of our adventures on Instagram! Hope you will follow along with us!