Plan your next Disneyland family reunion with fun DIY customized Disney shirts. Follow this tutorial to make your own shirts with a silhouette and heat press.
Last summer we had our family reunion at Disneyland. We rented a large house, with a pool, that was within walking distance to the park. It was SO much fun! Normally for family reunions we go to a cabin in the mountains and fish, play at the lake, play games and relax. We love those those laid back reunions, but last year we wanted to do something different. It was a little more crazy and busy than our typical family reunions, but we still got plenty of pool time, family time, and fun! We took a day off in between park visits so we had more time to relax. It was perfect!
We started planning way early, and knew that we wanted to do Disney shirts for the family. I had seen some fun ideas on Pinterest, and asked my sister to help out. I thought it would be fun to have one uniform look but still let everyone customize them. We came up with the idea to do a family reunion logo on the front and then each family member could pick a Disney character and quote that would go on the back.
I visited my mom and sister in Idaho for a week, and we crafted! I spent the whole weekend working in silhouette studio tracing characters and making the text. Tracing took a little more time than I expected, especially because I’m perfectionist! But I was really happy with how they turned out.
Here’s what the file for the front of the shirt looked like…
I traced the Mickey Ears and used the font, Waltograph, for the text.
And the back…
Nobody used Jake (Jake and the Neverland Pirates) but this was my first mock-up to show the family.
We used Siser Easyweed HTV for the vinyl. When you’re ready to cut, make sure you mirror the image, otherwise all your text and images will be backwards once it’s pressed to the shirts. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat shiny side down, matte side up and then align and load your mat into the silhouette. The recommended blade setting for HTV is 2. I always like to do a test cut first, to make sure the setting is correct. You may have to adjust it for a duller blade. You don’t want to cute through the backing of the HTV, you only want to cut the vinyl.
Once the vinyl is cut, weed it by pulling away the excess vinyl. You can use the silhouette hook tool to grab the pesky little pieces in the center of letters. Since it was our first time using HTV, we grabbed an old t-shirt to test it out. We went to the iron and pressed. It took FOREVER, and we finally decided to forget the whole iron thing. (It really does work, just take a lot of pressure and patience!) My sister decided it was a good excuse to buy a heat press. So once the heat press came in, she pressed the vinyl onto each shirt (about 20 seconds each). Much faster and easier!
And tada! The Disney shirts are done!
FYI – On the babies onesies, we put the family reunion logo in the center on the front. On everyone else’s Disney shirts, the logo went in the left corner.
Just as a reference, these pictures were just recently taken, over a year after they were made. They’ve been worn and washed many, many times (which is why they are so wrinkly!). But, the vinyl is still in excellent condition!
Here’s the list of characters and quote that all the family members used, in case you need ideas for your own. We chose Mushu (Mulan) and Chip (Beauty and the Beast) for the babies. I thought their quotes were perfect! In fact, I think every character/quote fit each person perfectly!
Disney Shirts – Character Quotes
Mr. Incredible – You know I’m retired from hero work
Tinkerbell – All you need is Faith, Trust and a little Pixie Dust
Jack Sparrow – The problem is your attitude about the problem
Mary Poppins – Practically perfect in every way
Snow White – Remember you’re the only one who can fill the world with sunshine
Hans Solo – Never tell me the odds
Aladdin – You’re only in trouble if you get caught
Elsa – Let it Go
Mrs. Incredible – Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don’t think so.
Dash – We’re dead! We’re dead! We survived but we’re dead!
Ariel – Part of your world
Flynn Ryder – Here comes the smolder
Cinderella – Have courage and be kind
Lightening McQueen – Speed. I am speed.
Winnie the Pooh – Do you have any hunny?
Mushu – I’m not tiny, I’m travel sized for your convenience
Gaston – As you see I’ve got biceps to spare
Alice in Wonderland – It would be so nice if something made sense for a change
Chip – Do I still have to sleep in the cupboard?
And here’s the whole family at Disneyland! Did I already say how wonderful it was?!
These little dudes had a great time! And my big 4 year old even rode his first roller coaster! I can’t wait until we can go back to the happiest place on earth!