Project Ideas: Disneyland Celebration Shirt

Disneyland birthday shirtMy daughter and I have a tradition that started when she was in the eighth grade. Every year we take a short trip to Disneyland, just the two of us. This year, our trip coincides with her birthday, so it's going to be even more fun.

If you know me or have been following my blog for long, you are likely aware that:

  1. I love both Disneyland and Walt Disney World! Maybe it's because we never went there when I was a kid. They are my happy places and I love to show my Disney side!!
  2. The perfect trip to a Disney park includes some sort of handmade shirt. We had an extended family trip to Walt Disney World a couple years ago and I was thrilled that everyone in our group of 8 agreed to wear my high visibility safety green "no disco dancing" shirts.
With that in mind, I decided that my child needs to be sporting an 18th birthday shirt on our pending trip to the park. I whipped up a basic design and grabbed my screen printing press.
I'm not going to share a complete tutorial for this project because screen printing is a little more complicated that I can explain in one or two posts, but I would like to tell you about a couple products I tried during the process.

The first is Speedball Diazo Photo Emulsion Kit. Since I was only making two screens, I liked that this came in a smaller size than other diazo emulsions. It's perfect for people like me who only screen print occasionally.

The directions were easy to follow  and my only surprise was how thin the emulsion coating was on the screens compared to other emulsions I have used. Had I been more careful, I probably could have coated 4-5 screens with one bottle.

It was easy to burn my images and the screens washed out nicely. Here are the screens I made. The front says "I'm celebrating my 18 birthday in Disneyland!"

The back has a complete checklist of all the Disneyland and California Adventure attractions so we can mark them off as we go.
The second product I tried was Tulip Fashion Glitter iron-on transfer sheets.

Sure, my shirt looked nice after printing, but it needed a little bling! These iron on transfers were perfect for my project.
I used scissors to cut out a pair of mouse ears for the 18 on the front of the shirt. The glitter sheet was easy to cut and easy to iron on.

For the back, I used a large paper punch to cut stars. Since the glitter paper is so thin, I actually placed a piece of printer paper under it so that the stars didn't get tangled up in the punch. (I may not have needed to do that if my punch was newer and sharper.)

Disney birthday shirt with attraction checklist

Now, my friends, we are ready for two and a half days of Disney magic! And yes, I will be making sure that our first stop is City Hall so we can get a birthday button to pin on the birthday shirt.




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The Chilly Dog: Project Ideas: Disneyland Celebration Shirt
Project Ideas: Disneyland Celebration Shirt
We're celebrating my daughter's 18th birthday in Disneyland and I made the shirt to prove it!
The Chilly Dog
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