We recently spent a couple of nights at the LEGOLAND resort. While planning for our trip, I decided to take a page from our standard Disneyland souvenir shirt philosophy and bring fun LEGO shirts for the boys to wear. Quinn already had a few Star Wars LEGO shirts but Elliot didn’t have any. So I decided DIY LEGO shirts for the boys, similar tot the DIY custom Disney shirts was necessary!
Making custom DIY LEGO shirts, boils down to two big steps. 1) Create a design and 2) Iron it on. Easy Peasy! 🙂
DIY LEGO Shirt
For some reason the LEGO man outline was harder to recreate than the Mickey head. Thankfully, after some graphic manipulation and a little help from my dear friend Becca, we made it work!
Voila! What do you think of my LEGO design?
I decided to just add the boys’ first initial on to the design rather than their full names.
And because I am awesome and I don’t want you to struggle with a design, I am sharing my DIY LEGO Shirt design template with you.
If you aren’t super design savvy, never fear you can easily upload the image into PicMonkey and simply use their tool to customize the LEGO man design. Once you’ve added the name or initials you want, just re-save the image.
These also make fun coloring sheets too… I added a few to our travel activity tray for the road trip to California!
Thoughts on iron on transfers
For my Disneyland shirts, I used HP brand iron transfers and I loved them. This time, I picked up the up&up dark color fabrics iron on transfers. I didn’t realize there was a difference between regular iron on transfers and those for dark color fabrics. There is.
I chose the dark color version to be safe because my shirts were bright-colored and not white. Plus, I was also a little concerned that the iron on transfers were generic (Target brand) and might not print as “strong”.
One important thing to note with the dark color iron on transfers, the design is NOT printed in reverse (like with regular iron on transfers). Luckily my sister-in-law Lynn read the directions when she printed them on her ink jet printer. I hadn’t even opened up the iron on transfers, much less read the directions. Stupid me, gave her one repeated instruction, reverse the image before printing.
Thankfully she ignored me. 😉
Then I followed the directions to iron the designs on to blank t-shirts. These transfers are more like decals and didn’t seem to “stick” as well to the shirt. If I did it over again, I would have stuck with the regular iron transfers.
Overall the shirts were a big hit, the boys loved them and they worked perfect for our LEGOLAND adventure.
I am 100% sure they will not hold up in the wash like our Disney shirts. I will definitely be remaking them with the regular iron on transfers.
My advice 1) Stick with regular iron on transfers, 2) Buy the HP brand transfer if possible and of course 3) Follow the directions of whatever you buy!
Who’s ready to make DIY LEGO shirts?
Linking to Lets Here It For The Boy!