DIY Ninjago Eyes T-shirts

Our Lego Ninjago birthday party is coming up, and I’m making t-shirts for all the kids as party favors.

I tried two different ideas for the shirts. First, I made stenciled ninja silhouettes for the older boys. Details on where I got the blank shirts and created the stencils are in that post.

Use contact paper and fabric paint to stencil your own T-shirts.  These are for a Ninjago birthday party.  {Jewels at Home}

Use contact paper and fabric paint to stencil your own T-shirts.

And for the younger kids, here’s how the cute Ninjago eyes T-shirts turned out:

Tutorial for easy-to-make Ninjago T-shirts for party favors or everyday! {Jewels at Home}

Instructions for DIY Ninjago eyes T-shirts:

  • Create a template for the eyes and trace it onto contact paper. Cut out the template, including the eyebrows and eyes. I used a circle cutter – you could also use a large circle punch – for the eyes. You can print this image and enlarge or shrink it as needed:

Stencil for Ninjago eyes to use on T-shirts or other projects.  {Jewels at Home}

  • Stick the contact paper onto yellow fabric, trace around the outside with a pencil and use black fabric paint and a stencil brush to paint the eyes and eyebrows.
  • When the paint dries, iron it on both sides to heat set the paint.

Stencil for Ninjago eyes to use on T-shirts or other projects.  {Jewels at Home}

  • Iron Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive onto the back of yellow fabric.
  • Peel the backing paper off and iron the yellow fabric on to the T-shirt.
  • I used black puffy paint to outline the fabric, which also seals the edges to help prevent peeling and fraying.
  • Your design will last longer if you wash the shirt inside out.

Stenciled Ninjago eyes to use on T-shirts or other projects.  {Jewels at Home}

Here are some close-ups of red Ninjago Kai and blue Ninjago Jay:

DIY Ninjago T-shirt.  Red for Kai. {Jewels at Home}

DIY Ninjago T-shirt.  Blue for Jay. {Jewels at Home}

Besides red for Kai, and blue for Jay, I also made heather gray (because I’m not crazy enough to make a white T-shirt for a little boy) for Zane, black for Cole, and green for Lloyd Garmadon, the birthday boy!

Charming handmade Ninjago T-shirts. {Jewels at Home}

Make these cute DIY Ninjago eyes T-shirts.  Tutorial from Jewels at Home.

Make these cute DIY Ninjago eyes T-shirts.  Tutorial from Jewels at Home.

Hope you’ll try some of these ideas and make shirts for your own little guys!

You can also always find great sales on Ninjago and other Lego shirts, games, and toys at Zulily.com!

“Jewels”

Vintage Find: Marble-topped Coffee Table

I think you know by now that I love a great vintage find – what a great way to add character to your home, save money, and keep things out of the landfill.

My latest treasure is a marble-topped coffee table I found on Craigslist. I looked for a few weeks before finding something the right size and style for our space. This table has just enough curves and details to show its history – the seller said, it was his grandmother’s from the 1950s – without being overly ornate or fussy.

Paint and some minor repairs brought this vintage table back to life!  {Jewels at Home}

A quick paint job in glossy black gave the base of the table an elegant new look, and there was a small chip in the marble top that I repaired.

Living room seating area with contemporary regency style.  Paint and some minor repairs brought the vintage coffee table back to life!  {Jewels at Home}

Living room seating area with contemporary regency style.  Paint and some minor repairs brought the vintage coffee table back to life!  {Jewels at Home}

 

I think our living room is finally complete, so I will post some more pictures of the space soon!

 

Living room seating area with contemporary regency style.  Paint and some minor repairs brought the vintage coffee table back to life!  {Jewels at Home}

“Jewels”

DIY Stenciled Silhouette T-shirts

Honestly, I don’t get tired of planning the boys’ birthday parties. This is different than saying I don’t get tired executing my own plans, which I do, but the ideas are so endless and inspiring, so I hang in there, and their happy faces are always the best reward!

This year, L wants a Ninjago birthday. I have to say that Lego’s marketing strategy is truly brilliant – combine Lego, a fantastic toy, with every possible boyish fad – Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pirates, Lord of the Rings, and Ninjas! It’s irresistible, as the clutter in the boys’ room will attest.

I’ve mentioned that I try to do a larger and reusable treat in place of a goody bag of small items. This time, I wanted to make the boys Ninjago T-shirts.

You can actually find T-shirts for sale for a reasonable price, if you keep your party small, but 1) I wanted long-sleeved shirts, since our weather is temperate year-round and 2) I think everything is more fun when you make it yourself!

I got the shirts at BlankShirts.com. I’m not affiliated with them or anything – I just figured I’d share my research in looking for inexpensive blank shirts. You can get short-sleeved shirts for as little as $2. I got these long-sleeved ones for about $8. I’ve also found some on clearance at Lands End for as little as $5, but you won’t get the same range of colors there.

I’m trying two different ideas for the shirts:

  • stenciled ninja silhouettes for the older boys
  • ironed-on and painted Ninjago eyes for the younger ones

Stencil your own T-shirts with contact paper and fabric paint. The ideas are endless.  These are for a boy's Ninjago birthday party.  {Jewels at Home}

Here are the instructions for the stenciled T-shirts.  I’m really thrilled with how well they turned out, and it was quite easy!  I’ll post the Ninjago eyes when they’re done.

  • Choose a ninja silhouette from the Internet and enlarge it.
  • Tape the printed silhouette over some contact paper and cut it out with a craft knife. I was able to do two layers at once, to make two stencils. (top row of pictures below)
  • Stick the contact paper stencil in place on the shirt, with a piece of cardboard inside the shirt. (bottom left picture below)
  • Use a stencil brush or sponge to apply black fabric paint. Remember to use small amounts of paint at a time and “pounce” up and down, so paint doesn’t bleed under your stencil.
  • Remove the stencil. I was able to reuse it a few times.

Stencil your own T-shirts with contact paper and fabric paint. The ideas are endless.  These are for a boy's Ninjago birthday party.  {Jewels at Home}

  • Once the paint is dry, heat set the stencil with a hot iron.  I used a thin press cloth on the front and then also ironed it from the inside. (pictured below)
  • Your pattern will last longer if you wash it inside out.

Stencil your own T-shirts with contact paper and fabric paint. Heat set the paint with an iron.  The ideas are endless.  These are for a boy's Ninjago birthday party.  {Jewels at Home}

Yay!  The pattern on these came out very crisp and looks great.  I’m already thinking of other patterns to try!

Stencil your own T-shirts with contact paper and fabric paint. Heat set the paint with an iron.  The ideas are endless.  These are for a boy's Ninjago birthday party.  {Jewels at Home}

Stencil your own T-shirts with contact paper and fabric paint. Heat set the paint with an iron.  The ideas are endless.  These are for a boy's Ninjago birthday party.  {Jewels at Home}

More ninja-themed T-shirts coming up soon!

“Jewels”