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

There’s more to this shirt than what you see. ┬áRead 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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