Turning Kid Art into a T-shirt (A Father’s Day Gift)


For Father’s Day, I wanted to create a one-of-a-kind gift for my husband. My 3 year old likes to do arts and crafts and draw (pretty much any excuse to play in my craft room and touch all my stuff), so I thought it would be a brilliant idea to take one of his drawings and somehow transfer it onto a t-shirt for my husband. Using the same concept as this project here, I used freezer paper as homemade templates. I had my son draw a picture of our family, and I used a craft knife to cut it out. I used the negative as a template, to paint the image onto a large men’s t-shirt. And then I heat-set the image with my iron.


Father's Day T-Shirt


Here is a video tutorial of how it was done:


An alternate method: For those who have a digital cutter, there is an easier way. You can take any drawing on any regular paper, and scan it as an image file. Use your digital cutter program (SSDE, MTE, SCAL, etc.) to create cut lines around the drawing, and have your cutter cut out the templates. And if you’re fancy, you can skip the whole freezer paper step and go for heat transfer vinyl instead!



  1. What a fantastic and personalized gift for your husband!! This project looks so awesome– I’m going to have to try it myself! Thanks so much for sharing :)