I’m letting you in on a little secret — I asked Mr. Lovely what might be a cool St. Patrick’s Day DIY project and he said, “All I want is a shirt that says Kiss Me, I’m Irish.” And so here it is. In exchange for the shirt I made him model for me. (Although we all know that kid is the opposite of shy.) So you can thank Mr. Lovely for this little freebie download!
- downloadable template
- freezer paper
- scissors or craft knife (or a Cricut machine!)
- craft paint
- sponge brushes
Make Time: 1 Hour
I’m just gonna come right out and say that I didn’t cut this thing by hand. I used my handy new Cricut Explore machine, which will cut just about anything in the world. My hands were so happy that they didn’t have to excruciatingly cut this whole thing with scissors. Basically, you just create or upload a design, put your material on a cutting mat, insert it into the machine, and press go. Amazing. So that’s how I cut this.
That being said, there were definitely days when I cut this stuff by hand, so it can be done. Start by printing your template. You can print it right onto the freezer paper; just cut it to 8.5″ x 11″, tape it gently to a piece of printer paper, and send it through your machine. Then cut the black part of the design away until you are left with a stencil.
Once you have the stencil, set the paper shiny side down onto the t-shirt. Be sure that it’s centered, and then iron the paper onto the shirt, being sure to get all the edges around the words.
Insert a piece of cardboard into the shirt to be sure that no paint seeps through to the back side. With a sponge brush, apply paint to the exposed areas of the design.
Peel away the freezer paper and let the shirt dry thoroughly.
Put this baby on during your St. Patty’s Day celebrations! I’m thinking it would also be adorable to shrink the design a bit and put it on a onesie or tiny tees for your kiddos. Have fun! xoxo