How to Turn Kids Artwork into a T-shirt

If you’re looking for a fun craft to do with your kiddo, this is it! This is a fantastic kid craft! For my second Canon project, my little guy had a blast helping me turn his artwork into a t-shirt. So easy and so fun! He loved designing his own shirt.

Kids artwork turned into a t-shirt in minutes! Super easy DIY tutorial

Kids Artwork turned into a T-shirt

You have no idea how special this little guy felt getting to design and make his own t-shirt! He was in heaven! And it only took a few minutes to do. Then, of course, he insisted on changing his shirt immediately so he could wear it.


Look at that smile!!!

Here’s how we did it:

How to Turn Kids Artwork into a T-shirt Tutorial



  1. First I had my little guy draw a picture. His grandpa flew out for the weekend and they went to the Monster Jam in Richmond. So he drew a Monster Truck he saw at the Monster Jam.


All finished drawing! Time to put it on a shirt.


2. I made a photo copy of his picture onto Printable Heat Transfer Material using my PIXMA MG7720 Wireless Photo All-in-One Printer.


3. Then I cut around the image with scissors.


4. I placed the heat transfer face down and put a piece of fabric over the top and ironed according to the directions on the Heat Transfer packaging.


5. Allow to cool and then peel off the backing to reveal the transferred image.


This little mister had a blast designing his Monster Truck shirt with his own art work! I am sure that we will be making tons more of these fun shirts in our future. It seriously only took us a few minutes to go from sketching to custom t-shirt. Both the little guy and I highly recommend this fun kids craft idea!

Let kids design their own t-shirt with their artwork! Easy DIY tutorial


Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    What a brilliant idea, I thing I’ll get my 18month granddaughter to make patterns with her hands on a tea shirt for mothers day here iscotland 29march….thank you!!???

  2. 2

    This tip is great, Linda, I must say this printer works so well for this purpose, my son loves his T Shirt so much

    1. 2.1

      Awesome, Maria! :)

  3. 3

    Why do you have to cut around the image? Wouldn’t it just transfer the black part when you iron it?

    1. 3.1

      No, the whole sheet has clear adhesive that will transfer whether there is a design on it or not. You could just transfer it over without cutting around, but there will be a lot of extra adhesive transferred.

  4. 4

    This is so stunning. Well done ! Do you have to have a specific printer or would any inkjet or laser jet work?

    1. 4.1

      I used a Canon MG7720 ink jet printer. I believe ink jet or laser printers will work just fine. :)