DIY Birthday Shirt Using Crayons

Posted on May 13, 2016 in Crafts/ DIY


When May rolls around it’s what we call in our family “Birthday Season” because starting in May we have a Birthday or two every month until October!

This month on May 11th, we celebrated Jackson’s 5th Birthday! I still can’t believe he turned 5 it still feels like he’s so much smaller than that, but boy has he brought joy to our lives over the last 5 years! He is such a fantastic little guy, I can’t wait to see what is to come in the next 5 years!

Justin will be turning 3 in September and although that’s quite a while away I’ve already started planning  (all other Birthday’s are already well planned too, I know crazy!)

This year I wanted to do something special for him as shortly after the new baby arrives will it be his Birthday and I already know he will have a few little issues welcoming a little sister.. He is very much a mama’s boy, and is glued to me like crazy. He will for sure have a few little attachment issues and maybe some issues with the fact a new little one has a lot of mommy’s attention so doing something very special for him is something I am looking forward to!

DIY has recently become something I am loving and wanting to explore a bit more. I am not very crafty or unique, so when coming up with ideas it can be hard!

For his 3rd Birthday – what better way to help celebrate than make him his very own Birthday 3 t-shirt! Super cute and simple! To include his favourite crayons – in the making of the t-shirt makes it all the more better and special for him. He loves colouring and playing with crayons any chance he gets so this will be lots of fun for him! Here’s how to get this super cute t-shirt of your own!

DIY Birthday Shirt Using Crayons:

Supplies Needed:


  • Cotton t-shirt
  • Sandpaper (I used 150 grade)
  • Crayons
  • Iron & board
  • Paper towel


  1. Draw your number or design on the sandpaper **keeping in mind that it
    will be reversed once on the t-shirt**
  2. Make sure there is a good thick layer of crayon on your image
  3. Place your sandpaper, with the image facing down on your shirt, on the
    ironing board and place a few layers of paper towel over the
  4. With a hot iron, go over the sandpaper for about 20-30 seconds.
  5. Remove the paper towel and sandpaper and your image should now be
    transferred on your shirt.
  6. Throw in the dryer for about 20 minutes to set.
  7. Be sure to wash by itself for the first launder.








Have you ever made your own t-shirts? Have you ever used crayons? 


  • Reply Jennifer May 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

    That’s really cool! I’ve never tried anything like that before, but it looks like a lot of fun.

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle May 13, 2016 at 9:56 am

    That looks like a great idea for letting an artistic kid run wild! I can imagine some great creations from them.

  • Reply Kiwi May 13, 2016 at 10:40 am

    We have birthday seasons in my family too! I love this idea of the DIY crayon transfer shirt…super innovative!

  • Reply Heather May 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Coloring on clothing? Uhhh yes, please! You just gave me my craft for 10 year old stepdaughter’s upcoming movie night sleepover! Hashtag Thank You Very much LOL!

  • Reply Kelly Hutchinson May 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Oh, I love this idea! I would definitely like to make some of these with the kids.

  • Reply Pam May 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

    The kids and I used to make tee shirts all the time for special events. This is super cute, we never used crayons.

  • Reply MELISASource May 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    What a cute craft! I think this might be the first time I’ve ever seen sandpaper used like that.

  • Reply Jeni Hawkins May 13, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    This is brilliant! I have some of these items right now, and think I might try this for my little nephews’ 5th birthdays this year! Thanks so much!

  • Reply Sarah Bailey May 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    What a great DIY I love how colourful the end result is as well! Such fun! x

  • Reply Carrie May 13, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    This is such a cute idea! I love it and think I am going to try it for our sons birthday!

  • Reply Diana Elizabeth May 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I remember making t-shirts with melted crayons on like some hot flat surface in kindergarten but that was so messy! This looks a lot cleaner and more controlled :) I love this because you can get as artsy as you want!

  • Reply Theresa May 13, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    That’s a really unique method for t-shirt printing! We’ll have to try our own this summer!

  • Reply Neely Moldovan May 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I love how cute that turned out. What a brilliant idea!

  • Reply Lisa Favre May 13, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Happy birthday to Jackson! I adore this idea and may try it out with my nieces. I’m sure they’ll love it!

  • Reply Heather @ Kraus House Mom May 13, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    My girls have bazillions of fabric markers to make their own t-shirts, but they’re never done it with crayons. I’m going to have them try this.

  • Reply Notorious Spinks May 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I’ve never made my own tshirts but this looks cool. Thanks for sharing. I’ll might try this during the summer.

  • Reply Stefan May 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Great DIY gift that I think my little cousin would love!

  • Reply Sarah May 13, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    This is such a fun idea, I love how well it came out. It is super colorful too!

  • Reply Amy Desrosiers May 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    This is super cool for kiddos! I really would love to make some for each of my three kiddos.

  • Reply Alli Smith May 13, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve never made my own t-shirt and have never seen one done with crayons. This is too cute and I want to make one for my grandkids. So cute!

  • Reply Dawn Lopez May 13, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Now that is one clever way to design a t-shirt! I like the concept of using it as a birthday shirt but really you could do SO MANY other designs also. Love it!

  • Reply Jennifer May 13, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    How cool is that! I can’t wait to try this craft!

  • Reply Toughcookiemommy May 13, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    These birthday shirts are so adorable and creative. I think any birthday boy or girl will be tickled being able to design their own shirts for their special day.

  • Reply nicole escat May 13, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    wow great ideas and fun so cool
    i will try this thank you for sharing this

  • Reply coolchillmom May 13, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    This is a very original DIY. I love the final look and how easy it is to make

  • Reply Kathy May 13, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I love this! What an awesome idea. I need to do this with my girls for their birthdays. This is so neat.

  • Reply William Sweeney May 13, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I never knew you could do this with crayons before!! This shirt turned out great, what a fun birthday party shirt.

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia May 14, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I love this idea. It looks fun and easy to do. I will have to give this a try with the kids.

  • Reply gingermommyrants May 14, 2016 at 12:51 am

    My kids are going to love doing this. There are so many designs you could do. It is perfect for a birthday party.

  • Reply Tammilee Tips May 14, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I had no idea that you could do this with crayons on a shirt! What a neat way to make a birthday shirt for kids!

  • Reply Kristen Dann May 14, 2016 at 7:39 am

    This is too cute! My niece’s 2nd birthday is coming up and I’m definitely going to make her a shirt!

  • Reply Valerie Robinson May 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Very creative and excellent way to save money. It came out nice.

  • Reply Seattle Travel Blogger May 14, 2016 at 8:23 am

    This is such a creative and cheerful idea!
    I plan on sharing this with my niece. She loves art and making her own designs.

  • Reply Brandy May 14, 2016 at 8:47 am

    What a super fun idea, I can see how this would be a great addition to a birthday party event! Loving how colorful and fun it would be.

  • Reply Bella B (xoxoBella) May 14, 2016 at 9:21 am

    This is so clever. I have never seen this done before.

  • Reply Beeb Ashcroft May 14, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I have made my own t-shirts before using several different methods but none were near as easy as this one looks. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Janeane Davis May 14, 2016 at 10:42 am

    This seems like a nice idea for creating shirts at home. It would be a good idea for creative or artistic people. I wonder how this stands up to the wash. Or do the shirts need to be dry cleaned?

  • Reply Franc Ramon May 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

    This is actually a cool idea for a birthday shirt. It can also bring out the creativity on making them.

  • Reply Nicole Escat May 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve never used crayons. This one looks really cool!

  • Reply Toni | May 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    This is the best project ever! It’s rare to see something really fresh and unique and this IS! I love it.

  • Reply KITA May 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    This is such a good idea. My daughter would love this for her next birthday. This with a tutu skirt.

  • Reply bohemian babushka May 14, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    ♥♥♥ this! Used to make tees for The Trio when they were little, but had to use expensive “transfer crayons” and fabric paint. THIS is so much easier!!! Gracias for the idea. BB2U

  • Reply Tess May 14, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    I love this great thing to do at a party.

  • Reply rika May 15, 2016 at 1:38 am

    That’s a wonderful idea and sounds pretty easy to make! I think my kids will enjoy this DIY

  • Reply Lisa Joy Thompson May 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    This is such a fun idea! We do lot of fun DIY projects with shirts! It’s a great way to cover a stain! :) I’ll definitely be doing this with the twins!

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor May 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    This is a really cute idea. I would never thing to use crayons to decorate a shirt. I will have to share this with my sisters. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  • Reply Michele D May 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    What a super cute idea for a birthday suit. Never would of thought using crayons. It came out awesome!

  • Reply Karlaroundtheworld | Karla May 15, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    How is this not known as a fun way to spend time with children? The idea sounds so exciting and I’ve always wanted to do this when I was a kid. I’ll be using this for a friend’s child’s birthday party and I bet they’ll enjoy preparing and living the experience!

  • Reply brianna george May 16, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I’ve made many t-shirts on my own, but never with crayons. What a cool idea!

  • Reply CourtneyLynne May 16, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Omg what a cute idea!!!!!! My daughter would love something like this. So need to make one of these shirts!

  • Reply dawn May 18, 2016 at 1:08 am

    oh wow this is so cute and very creative. i totally love this idea.

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen May 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    What a cute and creative idea!!!

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