Father’s Day is just around the corner and today I am sharing a DIY Father’s Day gift idea. If you are wanting a creative gift for the guy in your life and are still in the dark, you could also check out this DIY Smartphone Camera Extender Gadget. Alright, back to the Father’s Day gift idea. Awhile back, I made a Disneyland shirt for my husband to wear on our recent trip to Disneyland. The shirt was from JoAnn’s and I was surprised to see how well it fit my husband. So on a recent trip to JoAnn’s craft store when I saw that the shirts were on sale 4 for $10, I snagged some for my husband.
Now it was time to create. I looked on Pinterest for some ideas but was coming up with nothing. I didn’t want the shirts to be too labor intensive because I had to make 4 of them. I wanted to find simple graphics that had a hint of cool. To add variety, I changed up the placement of the designs on the shirts. I turned to my Silhouette Cameo to help me cut out the shapes I needed.
First up are some black grungy arrows going up one side of the shoulder of the grey shirt. The subtle detail catches your eye without being overpowering. I used black heat transfer to make the arrows and then ironed them onto the shirt. This shirt is probably my favorite one.
Next we have the black shirt. I went with a simple straight white arrow. I wanted to do some sort of tribal look but I wanted it to be manly. The black and white combo is a classic and the design is classy but still gives the fun tribal feel. The arrow was made using my Silhouette Cameo and heat transfer as well.
Moving on to the yellow shirt. I am loving the really simple plain geometric shapes that I have seen on some T-Shirts. I was originally going to go with just a plain rectangle shape that was all filled in but then last minute opted for a thin rectangle border instead. I used a yellowish orange heat transfer and ironed it on. I like the slight contrast of the orange rectangle against the yellow shirt.
Now I was starting to run out of ideas and I still had the green t-shirt to make. It was harder than I thought to come up with 4 graphic t-shirt designs for a guy! I started focusing on things that guys like. I didn’t want the image to be too comical or cutesy looking though. I thought this gear would do the trick. It was clean cut yet rugged. I switched things up again and put the image of the gear on the back of the shirt right under the collar. The gear ended up being about 3×3 inches and I used black heat transfer once again.
Heat Transfer Tip: Something that I have come to realize about using heat transfer is that you really need to iron it in good or else it will come off when you wash it. I iron it until I start to see the marks from the thread lines of the T-shirt start to show through. That way I know that it is really working its way into the fibers of the shirt.