March 14, 2013

Lego Star Wars Tee (with a free template)

So I mentioned on Sunday that Rex is hitting the Star Wars phase hard.  We decided it was time to make a t-shirt.  I figured it would be smart to combine his Lego and Star Wars love so here's the shirt we made.

It's an easy stencil - even if you don't have a machine, plus....


...I'll show you how to make two shirts from the same stencil.  It's nice to make all your efforts count.


I always buy my blank tees at Wal-mart because they are $3.47.  They are Fruit of the Loom and there's always a big selection of colors and sizes.  They are on a stand - not on hangers.

For Rex's tee, we decided to paint each character the right color.  (Random Sidenote: We ended up mixing white with the green for Yoda because otherwise it was a lot harder to see on the blue shirt than the other two characters.)


Rex was actually so giddy about this shirt that we painted it in his pajamas and blow dried it immediately so he could wear it to school that day.


To utilize the other part of the stencil we just cut out a large rectangle to go around the characters.


If you've never tried freezer paper stenciling the how-to video is HERE.  It's kind of nice because the paper seals pretty well to the shirt and I can let the boys help out with the painting.  I still paint too, but they love to be a part of it.


So here's Baden's.  We used a metallic silver (Martha Stewart paint) on his tee.



And here's a better look at Rex's.


And both little Jedis are happy. (The light swords are from HERE.)


And here's the template if you want to print it and cut your own stencil.  Just right click on it to save it and then print it the size you want it for your tee.  (I usually just paste it into Word.)  Or, if you have a Silhouette you can save it and import the file.  Then trace it.  


Thanks for dropping in.

39 comments:

  1. You amaze me with every single post! Seriously!! These t-shirts are too cute. My boys are super scared of Star Wars right now....so maybe in a few more years I'll finally be able to make these. It's funny how different kids can be. Your boys are super adorable with their light sabers by the way :) Happy Thursday to you!

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing. I am so excited to try this! I'm going to put this on a blanket for my little man :)

    RamblingReed.blogspot.com

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  3. Clever! I did a double use stencil for our reindeer Christmas tees, one look for the girls and the opposite for the boys! I will have to go hunt down silhouette characters my kids love now! :) we haven't hit the stairways faze yet! ;)

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  4. Love it! we are a LEGO house, and Star Wars fans...I just hope my 12 year old is not too old for it, I know it would have loved a few year ago. The silhouettes are perfect!
    thanks. It would be a perfect T-shirt for "May the 4th be with you"!

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  5. I think I need to make this for my husband, he is truly a kid at heart and is in love with star wars!

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  6. This is wonderful! My little boy is getting into Star Wars too- he will love this!! I need to add t-shirt to the grocery list! :). Thanks so much!

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  7. um that is awesome. Thanks for the template, I'm sure it will come in handy as my little guy gets older. Thanks for showing us how to get two uses out of one template. And I love your video about stenciling, it makes it so easy and fun!

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing! My boys are going to flip! I am off to round up some tees.

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  9. Thank you so much for the free template! My boys aren't old enough to be into Star Wars, but we're going to introduce them someday and I'm 100% sure I'll be using this stencil! My oldest son already knows to ask his mom to make him t-shirts, haha!

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  10. So cool! I LOVE your shirt ideas. Now I need to get over to walmart.

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  11. Thanks so much for this! My guy is obsessed with Star Wars too- in fact we just revamped his chore chart into a "Star Wars Angry Birds" chart- good for earning time playing Angry Birds...

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  12. I'm making four of these shirts tonight. Yup. 4! My three and five year old boys are obsessed with Lego Star Wars. And my husband insisted on having one too. The 4th goes to my nephew. Thanks for the template!

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  13. Can you put the freezer paper in your silhouette? I'm having a hard time with my silhouette stencil material. It doesn't stick to the shirts enough and the paint leaks behind it. Wondering if I would have better luck with Freezer paper.

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    1. I use the freezer paper in my Silhouette all the time. It works great!

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    2. Yeah? Maybe I will give it a try. Bet its cheaper, too.

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    3. It's way cheaper and YES it works well. I posted about it here:

      http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2011/09/cutting-freezer-paper-with-silhouette.html

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  14. Love these Cheri for my three Lego Star Wars crazy boys! Thank you.

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  15. Awwww look at Rex's face!! Love this Cheri ~ totally making these for the boys! Thanks for knocking out of the park ;)
    xo
    Heather

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  16. OH.MY.GOSH. I LOVE THIS! My son will flip!!! Do you actually these fruit of the loom shirts in the toddler/preschool area of WM or in the bigger kids? I can never find them. I always love the v-neck ones you use but have had no luck finding those either.

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    1. In the toddler section they do usually have plain tees on a stand, but it's the Garanimals brand and they don't have the v-necks. Once they get into that 4 year old range then they can buy the XS tees in the bigger boy section.

      Cheri

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  17. Thank you so much! Your creations are absolutely adorable and this one will delight my boys (LEGO and Starwars!). I have no artistic talent whatsoever, but I have a silhouette and freezer paper - this one I can do!!

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  18. Very cool. I like the way you made two shirts with the one design.

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  19. So super cute, pinned... I want to try to make it as a onesie for my little one!
    ~Emily
    http://tossedsaladelife.com

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  20. These are great! Thank you for sharing the template. I do have a question. I have loved doing the freezer paper stencils but I have trouble painting on darker colored shirts with lighter colored paint. It there a trick to doing this? I end up having to add paint to make it thick so the darker shirt color doesn't show through. I'm wondering if there is another solution? So far I resort to painting on white tees to avoid the challenge altogether. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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    1. Hmmm...this one if pretty much trial and error. I've done some colors on dark tees and had no problems. Then once I tried orange on navy blue and it tooks like 6 coats! Someone recommended using a coat of white first and then the color and that helped a little, but not a lot.

      Sorry I don't have any definite answers for that one.

      Cheri

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  21. adorable! Thanks!!!!

    also, I often just use vinyl for stencils and skip the ironing of freezer paper.

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  22. Absolutely love those. My boys too are Lego and Star Wars fanatics! Every now and then I find plain t-shirts at WalMart for $1. They are in the same area, but sometimes you have to dig a little.

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  23. Thank you for sharing the file and the idea!

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  24. Great!

    When I saw this shirt, I had to think of you:

    http://www.amazon.de/Lego-Wear-Jungen-T-Shirt-THOR/dp/B009DDYXAI/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1363819419&sr=1-1

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  25. I'm going to be making these this week. The boys will go nuts!
    I'm going to have to make a Walmart run to see if I can find those shirts. Last time they only had garanimals with the pockets and that's not what I wanted. :o/

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  26. These are awesome! What a fun idea! Thank you for the free template. Did you make the template on your own, or did you find it as clip art somewhere? If you did, I'd love to know how so that I could use it for future reference in case I needed to make a Ninjago t-shirt. Thanks!

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    1. I gathered silhouettes from a few different places and then resized them to work together.

      Cheri

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  27. I opened my Portrait today and this was the first project I did. It was so easy though I did have to Google how to find & use the trace function :)

    Thank you so much for providing this tutorial. You rock!

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  28. I just wanted to say I have used this template three times for shirts now. I made one for my son and his best buddy for his birthday. He's going to another party tomorrow and the mom told me that her little boy really wanted a shirt like the other boys. Such a huge hit! Thanks for sharing!!

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  29. Thanks for sharing! My boys are going to go nuts over this :)

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  30. Thanks so much for the template. I used it when the girls and I did some t-shirt painting over the summer. Their cousin was really pleased with his t-shirt http://littleblackduckblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/pinned-it-tried-it-freezer-paper-t-shirt-painting/

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  31. Thank you so much! I wanted to make a fun gift for a birthday party we are attending.

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