Tie dye and our favorite Marvel characters inspired these DIY Avengers shirts we made for the Avengers Infinity War movie, celebrating 10 years of Marvel movie magic.
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We are huge Marvel movie fans at our house. My daughters are still a bit young to be watching these movies, but my husband and I and even my son are big fans. As we’ve watched the previews and trailers for Avengers Infinity War we have been getting more and more excited for the movie. Seeing all our favorite Marvel Superheroes in one movie, how could we not be so excited?!?! I was lucky enough to get to see a prescreening of the movie and I’m sharing my thoughts and reactions.
As I try to write up a review of the movie, I’m kind of speechless. Not in a bad way, but there is just so much I want to say, but can’t spoil for you. First of all it was AMAZING! It is everything that makes a Marvel movie great. It’s got all the action and humor you could ask for. In fact, I laughed a LOT in this movie. But it was also sad.
There are so many super heroes in this movie! I wondered how they would be able to bring all these amazing characters with big personalities together in one film. I worried it would be a bit crazy and scattered, but they brought these stories together so wonderfully. And with these big personalities, come some great one liners. 🙂
We do get to learn a little more about Gamora and her back story in Avengers Infinity War. So I was glad one of my girls chose to use her for her tie dye DIY Avengers shirt inspiration. It’s got all the Marvel humor, and action but with an unexpected Marvel ending. The end leaves you hanging and wanting more. Without giving anything away, I’ll say it again, shocked and speechless.
It is definitely a movie you want to see on the big screen, with other Marvel movie fans. I loved hearing the gasps, cheers, claps from my fellow movie goers. It was a perfect 10 year celebration tribute to the franchise.
And if you are wondering about taking your kids, I will be taking my 9 year old. We have been watching the Marvel movies with him over the last year, and if your ok with your kids watching Thor Ragnorok, I’d say it’s in line with this movie. The same language, action, suspense, etc. It is a little more dark and intense. It is called Infinity War, so there is a lot of fighting. Knives, swords, guns, etc., but not a lot of gore. It’s funny, it’s intense, it’s dark and it’s sad. We will be talking to our son about these things before seeing the movie. And I do recommend seeing it for yourself before you decide whether or not to take your kids. Make your own decision there, plus you’ll get it to see it twice. Which you will want to do anyway. 😉
Since we were all excited for the new movie, I thought it’d be fun to make some DIY Avengers Shirts for the whole family to show their love of Marvel and all things Avengers. These shirts are more inspired by the characters of Avengers Infinity War. What I loved about this movie, is that all our favorite characters have a role in it, making it was easy for each family member to choose a different character.
I chose tie dye because my kids love it! They make tie dye shirts at school every year and I thought it would be a fun twist to a typical DIY Avengers Shirt idea. We picked out the colors that best represented the character and we tied the rubber bands onto the shirts to hopefully depict a character. Tie dye is really fun and messy, but usually turns out pretty cool. It’s not super hard, just takes a little time and these Tulip tie dye bottles help make things even easier. All I had to do was add water.
I found plain white t-shirts for the whole family at Walmart. The tie dye kit came with rubber bands and some instructions on how to get different looks with the tie dye. I used the rubber bands and tied up the shirts to create different looks for each character chosen. I covered my table with a plastic sheet and had paper towels ready if needed. Follow the instructions on the tie dye kit to protect your work surface.
Once my work surface and shirts were ready to go, I added water to the dye bottles and shook them until all the dye powder was all dissolved. I let the kids help me a little, but I covered my hands with gloves and we colored our shirts with the tie dye.
This scarlet witch shirt was the easiest with only one rubber band seperating the top red half from the black bottom half. We scrunched up the fabric to create our tie dye look.
After we were happy with the way the dye was looking on our shirt, I covered each shirt with plastic wrap so it wouldn’t dry out and the dye would have time to saturate the fabric. Shirts that were mostly a cotton blend worked best for tie dye. I wrapped them in a way to keep the colors from bleeding into each other as best as I could.
I then put the plastic wrapped shirts into a ziploc bag. Tie dye shirts need time for the color to get into the fibers, so let them set for at least 6 hours or over night before you start to wash out the dye. Then rinse out the colors as best as you can in a utility sink or bucket of water until the water running out of the shirt is not so full of the dye color. Then cut off the rubber bands carefully, rinse it out a few more times and then wash in your washing machine with a little laundry soap. Wash these seperately the first time before washing them with other clothing.
My older kids loved how their shirts turned out. My youngest kept asking me when it was going to look like the character. Haha! Can you guess which characters these kids chose?
Gamora, Scarlet Witch, Rocket
Here is a fun Captain America inspired design to try.
These DIY Avenger shirts were really fun to make. I even made one for my husband and I. My husbands (not pictured) was inspired by Iron Man. So it is mostly red with some yellow. And can you guess which character I was inspired by? It’s not a female character.
It’s Thor. I’ve got my red sleeves as his red cape, the gold (yellow) attachments for his cape, and his black armor. Too much of a stretch? 🙂
If you wanted a DIY Avengers shirt that was all in Avengers and no one would doubt it, you could use your Cricut cutting machine and cut this Avengers Logo out of iron-on vinyl and iron it to the front of your t-shirt. If you’ve never used iron on vinyl, check out this post on how to make a custom shirt with Cricut.
These little superhero fans loved how their tie dye DIY Avengers Shirts turned out and have wanted to wear them to school everyday this week. I even wore mine to the prescreening of the movie!
So are you headed to see the movie opening weekend? Are you representing your favorite character?
If you want to make other fun shirts, check out this DIY Thor Shirt I made for my son last year.