Mod Podge Transfer Tees Tutorial
When my nephews come to town everything stops. Work and even housework takes a backseat to days filled with glitter and feathers and creating cupcakes that look like 1-up mushrooms from Mario Brothers. And to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
At this point in the stay we’ve tie dyed everything you can think of. Seriously. We’ve got brightly colored tees, ball caps, tote bags and even tighty whities. Well, now they’re tighty brighties.
Today we decided to use some Mod Podge photo transfer medium to make tees of the boys’ favorite things. One is into sharks in a big way and the other has wanted to be a monkey when he grows up since birth. Seriously. A monkey when he grows up.
So we searched the internet for decent resolution images and got after it. The big thing is that your picture needs to be good quality (which is basically high resolution). If you’re not sure how to do this, I’ll walk you through using Google.
Search for what you’re looking for. In this instance I used shark. Webpages are pulled up in the search results, but below the search box will have options to click including: Web, Images, Maps, Shopping, etc. Click on images.
Now tons of shark pictures are going to show up in the image search results. Below the search bar there will be links again, including at the very end “Search tools”. Click that and more options will appear directly below. Click on size and select large and you’re ready to rock.
Another great option is to search for wallpapers which tend to be very large to accommodate bigger and bigger computer monitors. In that case you could search for “shark desktop wallpaper”.
Once you find your images, have them professionally printed. Your prints need to be using toner NOT ink. So your home inkjet printer won’t work. Put your images on a thumb drive and you can walk up and print in a copy shop on self serve machines for around fifty cents a print! Be sure to size the prints according to your shirt sizes. Measure about the size you’d like to see on the shirt if you aren’t great at eyeballing things.
Oh, and last but not least, flip the pic for a mirror image prior to printing if there is writing or anything that will look funny the “wrong way”.
Now that you have your copies, you’ll also need:
- paper cutter
- Mod Podge photo transfer medium
- sponge brush (one comes with the transfer medium)
- tee shirts
- wet sponge or washcloth
Take your printed copies and trim away the excess white.
Put a healthy amount of the transfer medium onto the image.
Smooth the Mod Podge onto the printed side and make it thick enough that you cannot see the image through it. We were using the dregs of a bottle from a previous project so the edges of our tees are imperfect. I’d really recommend using enough to cover all of the way to the edges with a nice, thick coat.
Center the image on the front, center of the tee and smooth the print down. Lay somwhere flat for about 24 hours.
After your shirt has been sitting for about 24 hours, take a wet sponge or cloth and soak the paper. Walk away for a few minutes and then start to remove the paper.
To remove, simply rub with your fingers in a circular motion. Be careful and go slowly so that you don’t rip up the image.
And here it is our shark tee, ready to wear and “with a shark popping out of my chest!”
This is the shirt that we started to run out of the medium on. You can tell, especially on the left edge that the image didn’t transfer quite as well. This one was also cleaned off by a six year old with fingernails who kept trying to peel the paper away which caused some issues.
Slather the medium on, allow to sit the full 24 hours and peel gently and you can have tee shirts that perfectly fit the personality of the wearer.
Though we didn’t get to it, we thought that a pic of the boys onto a shirt for Mom and a tote for great-grandmother would have been a great present!