This 100 Days of School shirt idea is just *crawling* with coolness! Show how your kiddo “bugs” his/her teacher in this simple and fun project!
100 Days of School Shirt Idea: ‘Bugging’ My Teacher
My oldest son is in Kindergarten this year, and that means lots of fun projects for us.
His school is marking their 100th day this week, and his teacher sent a letter home asking that each student join the celebration by doing one of the following:
- Dress up as their future 100-year-old self
- Create a sign with 100 things
- Wear a shirt with 100 things
Rowan and I thought the shirt idea sounded fun, and since he’s all boy, bugs were the name of the game! (I think he was really just excited about the extra bugs that didn’t make the shirt that he and his brother get to play with now…)
- Black sweatshirt
- 100 plastic bugs
- Hot glue gun & sticks
- Silhouette Cameo
- Heat transfer vinyl (HTV)
- Apple green
- Lime green
- Light blue
- Craft tweezers
- Cricut EasyPress
- Cricut EasyPress mat
- Sheet of multi-use paper
The Heat Transfer Vinyl Mockup
Cutting Out the HTV
Once the design was ready, each of the pieces of HTV were cut out, one at a time.
Applying the HTV
For all of my other projects involving HTV, I’ve always used my regular clothes iron for application.
This EasyPress makes applying HTV soooo quick and easy. And all the colors went on PERFECTLY. I am truly in love with this little fella…and I guess that means I can finally ditch my iron since lord knows I never use that for clothes either (that’s why God made driers).
Friends, forget your clothes iron and don’t fork out dough for a pricey and bulky heat press. Just get this puppy (they now have the EasyPress 2 out in three sizes (small, medium, and large) and it’s pink!).
You can thank me later.
After checking out Cricut’s reference guide for EasyPress settings, I adjusted the temperature and timer for Cotton/Poly blends, positioned the HTV pieces on the sweatshirt (except for the white ‘100 Days’ piece), and once the EasyPress was warmed up, applied the HTV.
All the pieces stuck like GLUE.
The first time. No repeated passes of an iron. No pushing with all of my body weight. No unevenness. No peeling up.
It. Was. AMAZING. And so darn fast.
After that first application, I then layered the final white piece and placed a sheet of multi-use paper overtop all of the HTV (since I was layering and didn’t want to melt everything I’d just applied), then used my EasyPress one more time.
Adding the Plastic Bugs
I admit that I am not a fan of arthropods (especially the eight-legged variety), so pouring all of these toy creepy crawlers out of the bag and then having to pick them up, one by one, did freak me out a little.
Even though they’re plastic, they’re still yuck.
But that’s what I’m willing to do for my boy. Such bravery, I know. ;)
Rowan’s Finished 100 Days of School Shirt!
And here’s how Rowan looks rocking his buggy 100 Days of School shirt!
We both think it’s just the coolest and he is SO excited to show it to all of his classmates and teachers.
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