Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt!

So the Fourth of July is obviously quickly approaching, and I figured my little man needs a proper shirt to celebrate the holiday.  I mean, he’s gotta have some red, white, and blue duds to rock, right?

This will be Rowan’s third Independence Day, however, it will be the first one that he’ll be experiencing fireworks….I know, the best part!  We’ll be celebrating the holiday up at my parents’ house in KY, and their neighborhood goes ALL OUT in the firework department….their annual display puts any city’s spectacular to shame, no joke.  I’m excited to see how excited Rowan gets as he watches the display in the night sky!

In honor of Rowan’s first foray into pyrotechnics, I created a shirt for him that is all things fireworks!  Pop goes the weasel, boom goes the dynamite….and a firework goes a whole lot more!

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

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Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt!

Supplies

I like to keep some plain white Hanes t-shirts on hand for Rowan.  They’re inexpensive, good quality, and light-weight.  Normally I think they’re a little too thin to wear alone, however, they’re just right for a hot Alabama summer.

The blue HTV is non-glitter and was left over from making Rowan’s 2nd birthday shirt.  The red, black, and silver elements are glitter HTV….and they are just a dream to work with!  Seriously, glitter HTV is my favorite crafting supply to work with ever.  It was love at first project.

At first, though, I was a little hesitant about using so much glitter HTV on his shirt since well, he’s a boy.  However, I figured if there’s ever a time where it’s appropriate for a little boy to wear lots of glitter, it’s for some July 4th firework fun!  Plus I only had these colors on hand in the glitter variety so that narrowed down my options too.

 

Cutting & Applying the HTV

I first created my design in Silhouette Studio then cut out all of the elements in their respective colors using my Silhouette Cameo.

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

To adhere the HTV onto the shirt, I just preheated my iron to the hottest setting (Cotton), and put a piece of cardboard underneath the shirt  since I was getting my craft on on our dining room table (aka my craft room).  I then laid a spare cloth (a t-shirt of my husband’s) over top, and then pressed my iron straight down for about 15 seconds before moving onto another area.

Once the entire surface was covered, I then flipped the shirt over and ironed it from the backside.

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

When all the elements were sticking well, I started peeling away the clear backing pieces.  After all of them were removed, I laid the spare cloth over the shirt and gave everything one final ironing.

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

The Completed Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt!

And here it is!  I think it is just the most adorable little shirt ever in the history of human apparel.  Okay, I tend to get a little excited about my own creations.  But isn’t it so cute?!?

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

And have I mentioned that I loooooooove glitter HTV??  It just turns up the umph factor on every design.  GLITTER ALL THE THINGS (even for boys)!

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Rowan enjoyed going for our morning walk around the neighborhood in his new holiday shirt, and once again…..so much cuteness!  Him and the shirt.  Or the shirt and him.  And those shades. #cooldude

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

He also gets pretty excited when he sees an Ah-Ah (airplane) flying during our walks….

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

….and then a touch of sadness as he watches it fly away. :)  Ahhhh, he melts my heart.

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Rowan’s going to be celebrating the Fourth of July in style now, all thanks to Mommy Dearest here.  I just hope he can keep it free of spills and stains until the firework show starts….bibs, don’t let me down!

 

Another Year, Another Shirt

Well, a year has gone by since I first shared this fireworks shirt, and my little man has outgrown it!  I of course just had to make him another all-American top, and here’s my latest creation!

Patriotic Hand-Scripted USA Shirt + Silhouette GIVEAWAY! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

For Even More Patriotism….

Don’t miss this USA door hanger I made!

Patriotic USA Map Wooden Door Hanger | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Or these 20 creative patriotic crafts and decoration ideas!

20 Patriotic Craft and Decoration Ideas! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

For Some More Fun with HTV….

Check out this shirt I made for Rowan’s second birthday!

DIY Toddler Birthday Shirt with HTV and Fabric Appliqué | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

And this farmers’ market tote bag….eat local!

DIY Farmers' Market Tote Bag: Eat Local! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy Independence Day!

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.

Comments

  1. I so love your 4th of July t-shirt. Would you mind sharing the cutting file. I would love to make one for my nephews. Thanks for your consideration. And as well….just saying appreciate all the tuts and tips!

    • Hi Evelyn! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this project I made for my son! A lot of people have requested this file but unfortunately I think I’m going to hold onto this one, for now at least. I might do something else with it in the future. It wouldn’t be hard to recreate though since it’s just a bunch of different text boxes. So sorry I can’t be of more help!

  2. Hahah what a little model! I love this shirt…it’s so festive :)

    • Thanks Brittany! My little man is a good sport and doesn’t mind having photoshoots showing off my latest creations for him….most of the time. ;)

  3. Love the shirt, so creative and perfect for July 4th! Love the pictures, super cute! :-) Thanks so much Christine for sharing your amazing creations on MMM! Looking forward to seeing you on Sun. night! :-)
    Cathy

    • Awww, thanks so much Cathy! I’m really happy with how the shirt turned out too. And I’ll definitely be partying with you again this week! ;)

  4. I like this spin on 4th of July shirts :) Very cute and perfect for summer!

  5. Thank you dear, I love the your creativity on your t-shirt and your little man is so cute. It is better creativity from your side to make fourth July a very special day.

  6. What an awesome project! I really liked it and will be sure to pass it down to my sister-in-law and her three kiddos! I’m not sure I have introduced myself or not, but my name is Niki, and I’m one of your fellow Merry Monday hosts, and wanted to let you know that I love your blog and hope to catch up on several of your other projects this week, too! I’ll be sharing on pinterest as well. Have an awesome week!

    • Why thank you, Niki! Nice to “meet” you! ;) I’m a fan of your blog as well and really enjoy being apart of Merry Monday with you and the other gals!!

  7. This is such a cool T-shirt !! I love it
    Wonderful job, and I think looking at your sweet model says it all
    Awesome!

  8. I knew once you tried HTV that you would just go crazy with it! This is such a great shirt design! Your little guy is a fantastic model too.

  9. My older son may actually be willing to wear a shirt with HTV that I make. He is about to be 10 in August so a lot of stuff I sew is too young for him. But he always wants me to make him something. Rowen’s shirt is too cute. I have got to get with the program and get my children’s outfits made for 4th of July.

    • Thanks, Sheena! Yeah, I think HTV is probably “cool” enough for a big, bad 10-year-old. ;) I wasn’t really planning on getting or making Rowan a shirt for the Fourth of July this year (I was all about him having a special shirt for EVERY holiday for all the firsts, but I’ve kind of slacked off since he turned one). All of a sudden, though, I got this idea and then I designed and made it that night! Nothing like spur of the moment projects. ;)

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