DIY Disney-Inspired Shirts + Free Silhouette Cut File. Plus, a how-to on Creating Silhouette Cut Files in Adobe Illustrator.
DIY Disney-Inspired Shirts + Free Silhouette Cut File
Hey hey! Jenna here from love lake living, again!
I’m so excited about the post I have for you today. My family and I went to Walt Disney World last month and I made us matching shirts for each day we were in the parks. My husband and I have been to Disney numerous times over the years, but this was our daughter’s first trip so it was extra exciting. She’s 2.5 so still a little young to REALLY be excited about it, but it was so much fun for us to watch her experience all things Mickey for the first time.
Anyway, back to the shirts. I don’t know a single person in the universe who doesn’t love Frozen. Although I have to disagree with the masses that “Let It Go” is the best song… everyone should just let it go (sorry, I had to) and get on board with the genius that is “Love is an Open Door.” We may or may not know all the words and sing it duet style on the regular. Yes, we’re those people.
So it only made sense that our shirts to meet Anna and Elsa featured our favorite lyrics from the song.
Cute, right?! The cashier where we ate dinner at Epcot that night said he had never seen couples’ shirts like ours and he has seen a lot of family Disney shirts. I was like, yay, go me! ha
Whether you’re planning a trip to Disney or just want a simple Halloween costume (hello, it is October and how cute would this be to wear on the big night or to a Halloween party? Ladies, just put your hair in pigtail braids, throw on the shirt, make your guy wear the shirt and done).
I promise, with the help of your Silhouette, this DIY is so super simple.
DIY Disney-Inspired Shirts Supplies:
- Download free Silhouette cut file HERE.
- White heat transfer vinyl
- Weeding tool
- Shirt blanks
- Font: Ice Kingdom Bold
How to Create Silhouette Cut Files from Adobe Illustrator Files
I wanted to show you the process of creating cut files from Adobe Illustrator files. Did you know you could do that?
Here’s the step-by-step!
This design would be simple to just do directly in Silhouette Studio, but for a more complex design, you might need to use AI and then convert it to a cut file. So anyway, after you create your art in AI, open Silhouette Studio. File > Open your Illustrator file.
With your AI artwork selected, choose Object > Trace to bring up the trace panel.
Click Select Trace Area and draw a rectangle around the part of your artwork that you would like to trace. After you select, then Silhouette Studio detects the edges as best it can, but you will probably need to refine it a little. The goal is to have the art you want to cut to be completely filled in with yellow.
To do that, edit the trace settings in the Trace panel. Usually increasing High Pass Filter does the trick but you can play around with the sliders to get the yellow to fill in your art.
After your artwork is sufficiently yellow, you’re ready to trace. Click Trace Outer Edge. The yellow will disappear and the portion that is traced will have a red stroke around it.
Click on the AI art and delete it. You won’t need it anymore.
For heat transfer applications, you need to flip the art horizontally so that it will cut in reverse and later you’ll be able to iron it on right-side-up. Transform > Flip Horizontally.
So as to waste as little heat transfer material as possible, move the traced art into a corner. Once the art looks the way you want it to, Click on the Send to Silhouette button, then click Heat Transfer Material Smooth (or flocked if you’re using glitter transfer). Be sure to load the heat transfer material onto your cutting mat and load it into the Cameo, then click CUT.
Once the Cameo is finished cutting, you’re onto the fun part, weeding the vinyl. Ugh, I love doing this so much. It’s so darn satisfying. If you’re into watching pimple popping videos, this is along those same lines. Here, watch and see…
Don’t tell me that wasn’t satisfying. Maybe not quite as good as Dr. Pimple Popper, but close. 😉
After weeding the excess vinyl out, just follow the instructions that came with it to iron it onto your shirt.
Easy, right? Now, go forth and make some shirts to impress all your Frozen-loving friends!
Craving more DIY Disney-Inspired Shirts? October is Disney month over on my blog! Hop on over today for a fun shirt featuring Cinderella’s castle, and pop over the rest of the month for more fun shirts, tips and tricks!
JENNA @ LOVE LAKE LIVING
Jenna is a full-time graphic designer and part-time author of love lake living, where she has chronicled her family’s journey of building their dream house. Now comes the fun part – making it feel like home! A little bit of home decor, a smidge of DIY, a dash of baby-love, and a whole lot of… coffee.