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!
- White t-shirt
- Heat transfer vinyl (HTV): blue and glitter red, black, & silver
- Silhouette Cameo
- Iron & spare cloth
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.
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.
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.
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?!?
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)!
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
He also gets pretty excited when he sees an Ah-Ah (airplane) flying during our walks….
….and then a touch of sadness as he watches it fly away. :) Ahhhh, he melts my heart.
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!
For Even More Patriotism….
Don’t miss this USA door hanger I made!
For Some More Fun with HTV….
Check out this shirt I made for Rowan’s second birthday!
And this farmers’ market tote bag….eat local!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy Independence Day!