Our family is going to Disney World for spring break and we're going to be that family. The one with the matching shirts. I know, it's bad, but there were several non-obnoxious factors that went into this decision. 1-Ease of finding one another in a crowd. 2-Cheap shirts means that I don't feel bad about writing Tim's phone number on them in permanent marker. 3-Cheap shirts! 4-We now already have Disney shirts so I don't have to hear any requests to purchase Disney shirts for a million dollars at the park. So here's how I made them.
First I printed out (I know, archaic) a coupon for Michael's. Turns out I didn't need the coupon as their shirts were on sale for $2 a piece. We are planning on hitting three parks so I bought shirts for the four of us in three different colors. I then allowed each of the kids to choose a Disney movie to theme the shirts with. Henry chose Big Hero 6, Sofia chose Frozen and I chose The Little Mermaid. I then found silhouettes of the characters from each movie and printed them out and taped them to the window with freezer paper in front and traced them with a pencil.
After that I used an x-acto knife to cut the stencil out.
I then ironed the shiny side of the freezer paper onto the shirts.
Some of the shirts had detail work, so I ironed the smaller pieces of freezer paper inside the stencil after ironing the main part on.
I then used little foam stampers to fill in the stencil with fabric paint.
After letting it dry a little while I applied a second coat of paint. You can't see it here, but when I held the shirt up you could see light coming through the areas that didn't have a thick enough coat of paint. Then I just peeled the stencils off and let the shirts dry fully.
I did this whole thing assembly line style, so I cut out all the stencils at once, then ironed them all on at the same time and then painted them all simultaneously. Here is the final product:
The pictures weren't perfect, there did end up being a bit of bleeding under the stencils.
But it's good enough for me! I'm looking forward to being that goofy matching family at Disney!