Make Your Own Valentine Shirts (3 Ways)

This past weekend, we made some Valentine Shirts.

We did 3 different versions,

1. Card Stock and Glue Stick
2. Card Stock and Adhesive Spray
3. Freezer Paper and Iron (best result)

We had a lot of fun, and will probably make more shirts in the future. I’ve listed where we made mistakes, so you don’t! Have fun!


Card Stock
Glue Stick
Adhesive Spray
Freezer Paper
Fabric Paint
Foam Brushes


 For all 3 -

Find/Create a cut-out you want to put on a shirt. I read somewhere (can’t remember where) someone used a doily heart. I have a Silhouette Cameo, so I made my own designs.

Dab paint, and do 2 coats.

Don’t forget something between so you don’t have bleed through!

Let stencil/doily/cut-out dry before removing.

Card Stock and Glue
Apply a THIN layer of glue on the back of your template and place on shirt. Smooth it out and paint.
Let paint dry, then peel off template.

My Mistakes - 
I should’ve used Card Stock close to the same colour as Tshirt!
I didn’t let the Card Stock dry completely before peeling off. (Smudged paint)
I applied a thick layer of glue.
I should’ve done 2 coats of paint.
Next time, I may try a lighter weight paper.

Card Stock and Adhesive Spray
Follow instructions on Spray to stick template to shirt, and paint.

This one turned out well, but again I should’ve waited before peeling off the template :(

I got some of it off with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Next time, I may try a thinner paper.

Freezer Paper and Iron

By far, my favourite method! We made no mistakes. Okay, a small one, let the paint dry, then peel off the freezer paper.

I got my freezer paper from the Whole Foods butcher  :) but I think it is sold in any grocery store.
I set the iron on a low setting, nylon, and sit it on the paper for 15s, or until it seems set/stuck.
Dab on paint.

Side note: Here are the  Silhouette Cameo settings for cutting freezer paper – Blade 1, Thickness 10,Speed 3, thanks Krafting Kelly!

After washing – here is how the shirts look.

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Now the big question – do you know why I made one that says “Elephant Shoes”? My husband didn’t.

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  1. 1

    Oooohhhhh …. These look like fun. And I really like how we can pick the “type” that woks best.

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  2. 3

    I do not know why you made the elephant shoes one. Do tell!
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  3. 5

    LOVE this!! I’m so want to do this now. Great idea!
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  4. 7

    Cute and so very clever!
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  5. 9

    Those are cute! I’m glad the freezer paper settings I suggested worked for you. Other than the iron, it’s such a kid-friendly way to let the kids help. Thanks for all the tips on do’s and don’t's. :)
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