diy disney: fun family t-shirts

Friday, October 7, 2016

Hi Friends! I'm back today with a how-to on the first (of many) t-shirts I made for our recent trip to Walt Disney World, in the continuing series I'm calling...

Before I get started, if you're stopping over from Dawn Nicole Designs, HI!  I've been a monthly contributor over there for {almost} a year now, posting mostly graphic design DIYs, tutorials and freebies.  My most recent post went live today, featuring a Silhouette Cameo tutorial on how I made our Frozen-inspired t-shirts.  Go check it out if you haven't!

Okay, onto today's post.  The 3 of us, and my mom and father-in-law went to Magic Kingdom on our first day at WDW and wore my favorite of all the shirts I made:

Our child really wasn't miserable, I promise! haha

For this shirt, I created the design in Adobe Illustrator (fonts: Carlingford and Waltograph).  Click here to see what I think are the 5 most essential Illustrator tools for beginners.

The rest of the t-shirts I completely DIYed using my Silhouette, but this one was a little more intricate  than I wanted to attempt myself.  I took the AI file and t-shirts to a local graphics place in our mall (they do all kinds of vinyl-based graphics, including adhesive vinyl like putting monograms on Yeti cups and heat transfer vinyl on t-shirts) and had them put the design on the shirts for me.  It was $8 for S2's shirt and $10 for all of ours.  I paid less than $5 for all the shirts on Amazon (here), so it wasn't bad at all.  S2's shirt is actually a brand called Rabbit Skins, and quick word to the wise: size UP!  She's wearing a 3T here.

Also, if you don't have access to Illustrator or are not very artistically inclined, most t-shirt places like the one I mentioned will do a custom design for you.

If your child's name doesn't rhyme with Disney, I think a shirt like this would still be cute!  "Ella goes to Disney" is just as cute, just not quite a sing-songy.  Funny story: we almost decided to spell her name with an "i" instead of a "y" so that the letters rearranged would spell Disney.  In the end, we thought that was more of a boy spelling so we stuck with our original plan. ha.

Yay for the weekend!  My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Hurricane Matthew.  Here in western North Carolina we're expecting rain all day tomorrow but nothing major, thank goodness.  It will be a good day to stay inside and do some fall baking.  Apple pie, anyone?

I have some fun posts planned next week so be sure to check back!


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