DIY glow in the dark vacation t-shirts

I love making a shirt for each vacation we go on. It adds to the excitement and memories. On our last vacation, we made these awesome shirts. For this trip, I got inspired and we made glow in the dark hidden Mickey shirts! You will need:
  • 100% cotton white tshirts
  • Fabric markers
  • Glow in the dark fabric paint
  • Any other color fabric paint. I found that the neons tend to be more sheer, which I preferred for this project
  • Contact paper
  • Masking, packing, or painter’s tape if desired
  • Scissors
  • Pen or marker
  • Mickey cookie cutter to trace (various round cups and cans can also be used. Play around until you get the right Mickey shape)
  • Paint brushes
  • Cardboard or paper bags to put between the shirt layers
I started by putting a piece of cardboard between each shirt. I then handed each family member some fabric markers and let them go at it! Even T Mouse had a blast. If your littles are dangerous with a market, strip them down to diapers or wear a paint shirt!
I wrote details of our trip all over it so thatwe can remember the good, bad, and ugly off our trip! I then painted a thin layer of glow in the dark fabric paint over the entire design. It dries relatively clear, so don’t worry about that! Allow to dry at least 4 hours or even better, over night. I then taped off my shirt. This is totally optional. For the kid’s shirts, I didn’t do it. They got marker all over the shirts. I think they still look pretty awesome.
Then, I traced some Mickey heads (or any other shape your heart desires) on contact paper, cut out, and applied on top of my drawn designs. Now I painted away! Mine was all yellow. The kids wanted mixed colors. Either way, I think they all look great. I added the extra detail of orange Mickey pumpkins by using circle sponge paint brushes. I then peeled off the tape and contact paper to reveal the fun design!

Once the contact paper was removed, I added one more layer of glow in the dark paint, but just to the white exposed Mickey heads. Then, we headed into the ‘dark room’ (Haha, just the darkest in the house) and caught just how cool these shirts are! Once they have dried for at least 72 hours, I will turn them inside out and throw in the dryer for 30 minutes to set the fabric paint. That said, follow the instructions on your markers and paint!What do you think of these awesome shirts? Have you ever made vacation tshirts yourself?


If you would like more help planning your Disney vacation, contact our friend Audra, a travel agent with Travelmation LLC, which is an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. She can help you plan the vacation of your dreams at no cost to you!

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