Monsters don’t have to be scary. These DIY Monster Shirts feature cute monsters in bright colors and smiling faces that are super cute and not spooky.
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A few weeks ago I featured a super fun Monster Mash Party with lots of printables, paper crafts and ideas to create a fun backdrop and table for a Halloween Party. Since I was already using my Cricut Maker to create all the Monster Mash fun, I decided I’d create some DIY Monster Shirts for my kids to match the party. Plus they could wear these all October long for any Halloween festivities.
DIY Monster Shirts
To make these DIY Monster Shirts you will need:
To get started, upload the Monster Shirts cut file into Cricut Design Space. If you click on the link above, it will take you directly to the files. Click customize and you can resize the monsters to fit the size you want for the shirts. This file has already been sliced to make applying the iron on super easy. Once you have all the monsters sized the way you want, click make it and get all your iron on vinyl gathered and ready to cut. There will be about 6 layers of iron on to cut. I ended up not cutting the white layer since I was putting the monsters onto a white t-shirt.
Place your iron on shiny side down and mirror image the design to cut your first mat. Load the mat into the Cricut Maker and select iron on as the material you will be cutting. Once the first mat is cut, unload and load the next color of iron on onto the cutting mat and load it back into the machine. Be sure to mirror image each layer before hitting the green go button on the Maker.
How to Iron On a Multi Layered Sliced Design
Once all the layers are cut and weeded, put all the corresponding elements for each monster together. Using the protective plastic sheet, place each layer of the monster together (like a puzzle).
Place the entire monster design onto your t-shirt. Place it exactly where you want the design to be. Carefully peel off the top layers, leaving the bottom layer on the shirt.
Use the Cricut EasyPress 2 to iron on the design. When layering iron on, press each layer for about 12-15 seconds, remove the plastic cover and lay down the next layer. Make sure all the vinyl is covered with a protective sheet of some kind (I like the Cricut Protective Sheet) before putting any heat on the design. When you are ready to press the last layer, press if for the entire time (usually 30 seconds). Flip the shirt over and press it on the back for 15 seconds.
These DIY Monster shirts really brought out the inner monsters in these 3!! Haha!
They loved all the different Monster designs and are super excited to wear these to school.
Have you ever made DIY shirts using your Cricut machine? If not, what is holding you back?
Making shirts has become second nature to me. These Nightmare Before Christmas Shirts are also a great DIY Shirt for Halloween.