Easy DIY Mens Disney Shirt

A couple of years ago I made my husband a DIY Mens Disney shirt and he wears it every time we go on a Disney vacation. This shirt is one of his favorites and I’m excited to be packing it this week for our Fourth of July visit to Disneyland.

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In 2011, as Disney World was celebrating their 40th anniversary, I fell in love with the design of the anniversary logo.  The design was perfect for a freezer paper stenciling project.  


  • freezer paper
  • fabric paint and brush
  • white t-shirt
  • cotton fabric (not necessary if you plan to stencil directly onto the shirt)

Freezer paper can be purchased from most grocery and craft stores.  I was skeptical about the process the first time I used freezer paper but quickly discovered just how easy it is to stencil detailed designs.

I found the logo image online and traced it onto the front (non waxy side) of a piece of freezer paper.  Then I carefully cut out the portion of the design I would be painting onto the shirt.  I also cut out a small mickey ears design for the front pocket of the shirt.  I used a warm iron to gently press the waxy side of the design onto a piece of fabric.  I was nervous about making a mistake on the shirt so I chose to make a fabric patch.  After your first few projects with freezer paper stenciling, you might decide to stencil directly onto the shirt instead.

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Paint the exposed portion of the design with fabric paint.  I intentionally left brush marks as I painted because I wanted the patch to look distressed.  Allow the paint to completely dry and then carefully pull the freezer paper from the fabric.  I used tweezers to remove the small pieces of paper.  The logo looked perfect when all the paper was removed!

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I pinned the patches to the shirt and stitched around them several times with white thread on my sewing machine.  My stitches are intentionally crooked.  To give the patches a more distressed appearance I used tweezers to gently fray the edges.  This could easily turn into a no sew project by using fusible backing to iron the patches onto the shirt.

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Although this shirt is already a couple of years old in my husband’s closet, I should probably make matching shirts for my daughter and myself.

Easy DIY Mens Disney Shirt

Does your family wear special shirts on your Disney vacations?

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