So, Wednesday night Thomas hit me with Thursday's spirit day at school - dress as your favorite book character. I suggest, why don't you use one of your two costumes?? Seeing as how I'd put a lot of time into two diffferent Doctor outfits. Sigh...
Well, they were going to run a mile in PE on Thursday and a suit wasn't going to work. After I rolled my eyes (several times) I suggested that we make him a Camp Half Blood t-shirt and he could go as Percy Jackson. This was after he shot down my idea of just writing SPQR on his arm with a marker. Eventually, he warmed to the idea. I thought I've got lots of markers and fabric paint, I can do this.
So, after picking up a few orange t-shirts from Michaels I decided to search the internet to see what I could fine. And I found something so much better than a Sharpie marker. This youtube video with a pdf file linked with a good replica from the movie.
And, I thought, I've got a Silhouette and a brand spankin new package of heat transfer vinyl.
It takes just a minute to use the trace feature in Silhouette to convert an image to a cut file. Then, you need to flip the image horizontally so that the words will come out the right direction. You'll be placing the vinyl on your fabric upside down from how it's cut - and the words will be backwards if not flipped.
Cutting the vinyl was easy. Using the hook tool to "weed" the areas outside the design, not too bad. Transferring the design in one minute? Nope. It takes longer than that for the design to transfer. And I got impatient and helped the design off the backing with the tip of a sharp knife.
But you can't argue with results! I love how it turned out, and so did both of my kids. Hmm.. maybe next year we'll have a Percy Jackson themed party?