Use ink effects to make a funny dinosaur t-shirt.  (The surprise is inside!)

There’s more to this shirt than what you see.  Read on to find out what the punchline to this gag is…
(This post originally appeared on Dollar Store Crafts, where I share a new tutorial every Tuesday.)


You probably already know that Dollar Tree has an impressive selection of good quality t-shirts. I see them used in tutorials all over the blogosphere. This idea is perfect for the budget crafter who doesn’t want to invest in a lot of supplies. You can use your printer and one bottle of Ink Effects to make several t-shirts.

Supplies Needed:

  • Print outs
  • Ink Effects
  • T shirt
  • Basecoat Spray (only needed if your shirt is 100% cotton)

To make your own dinosaur surprise shirt:


Step one: Print out the text, found here, and the dinosaur head, found here. (I cropped the image so I could just print the head.)

Step two: Paint the printed image with Ink Effects. Let it dry.

Step three: If your shirt is 100% cotton, you will need the basecoat spray to transfer the ink. Spray the desired area of the shirt and let it dry.

Step four: Place the painted paper image side down on the tshirt. Cover it with a cloth and iron. The text goes on the front of the shirt, the dinosaur goes on the inside front, upside down.


My kids think this dinosaur t-shirt is hilarious. My boys have both worn them to school (with a long sleeve shirt underneath) and came home with lots of funny stories. I might just have to make one for myself!



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