Since getting my new Cricut Explore Air 2, I have been wanting to make my daughter some cute clothes for the holidays. I decided to make her this DIY Valentine’s Day shirt for kids that she could wear to school this year.
This is only my second project using my Cricut but I think it turned out great. You can see my first attempted at a Cricut project: DIY Library Tote Bag.
Cricut sent me all of the equipment and accessories I would need to make this project. Post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.
I wish my store had a white shirt, I think it would look best on that color but they only had grey in the size that I needed.
For this project you will need the following items:
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Easypress
- kid’s blank shirt
- Easypress mat
- Gold Glitter Iron On Vinyl
- Tea Party Sampler Iron On Vinyl
- Black Iron On Vinyl
- Petal Iron On Vinyl
- Standard Mat
For video instructions, you can watch below.
DIY Valentine’s Day Shirt for Kids Tutorial
The first thing you want to do is go to Cricut Design Space. You can find the template for this tutorial here.
Once you have the template open, you can make it bigger or smaller. Change any colors or delete any layers to customize it the way that you want.
I did use all of the layers in the template, just not all on the front. I used two layers that were meant for the front of the shirt on the back since you wouldn’t be able to see them under the other layers anyway. Remember to make your images mirrored since this is an iron on project.
Feel free to change anything you want to make it your own.
Once all of the vinyl has been cut out on the Cricut machine, you can peel back the vinyl from the shiny plastic to reveal your image.
You will have to weed the letters and a few of the hearts but there is not a lot of weeding required.
Applying the Iron On Vinyl
Next, set your Easypress temperature to 315 degrees for 30 seconds for the Everyday Iron On. Place the Easypress mat in the middle of the shirt.
Once it has reached temperature, set the Easypress on the middle of the shirt for 5 seconds so that the vinyl will have an easier time of adhering to the shirt.
Add your first layer to the center of the shirt and heat it with the Easypress. It will need a warm peel so let it cool for a few seconds and then peel back the plastic while it is still warm.
Repeat this process until you have all of the layers on the front except for the gold glitter layer, that will need to be done at a different temperature. You can watch the video above to see the order of the layers.
Flip the shirt over and apply the letters and hearts that are made of the Everyday Iron on with the Easypress.
Once all of the Everyday Iron on has been applied, you can then change the temperature on the Easypress to 330 degrees. Keep the time for 30 seconds.
The glitter iron on will need light pressure and it will require a warm peel just as before.
Start with the word Valentine’s on the back of the shirt. Heat it with the Easypress while you apply light pressure on the Easypress handle. Once the 30 seconds is up, peel back the plastic while it is still warm.
Flip the shirt over to the front and apply the gold horn using the same process.
That’s it, now your DIY Valentine’s Day shirt for kids is done!
My daughter loves her new shirt. She is obsessed with anything that is pink, glitters, or has a unicorn on it so this was right up her ally.
I did buy her a size that was a little larger than normal so that she will still be able to wear this next year as well.
I love all of the projects I am able to do with my Cricut Explore Air 2. I can’t wait to share what I make next!
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