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DIY Bleached Mickey Mouse Shirt

When you’re at Disney you’ll see many different kinds of personalized shirts. This DIY Bleached Mickey Mouse Shirt is fun to make, inexpensive, and uniquely different from many others you’ll see while at the parks.

We’re headed to Disney World soon and the last couple of weeks I’ve been busy giving the kids hints about our upcoming trip. (They know we’re going somewhere, just not sure where.)

I started with these adorable Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops, made some super sweet Mickey Mouse Candy Bark, started collecting snacks to pack for Disney World, and even made an assortment of Disney-themed shirts. One of the easiest shirts I’ve made so far is this DIY Bleached Mickey Mouse shirt.

Homemade Mickey Mouse Shirts

DIY Bleached Mickey Mouse Shirt

And you know what, they still haven’t figured out that we’re going to Disney World. {insert evil laugh here…}

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Each of my children have a Disney-themed shirt for each day of our trip. For this DIY Bleached Mickey Mouse shirt, I bought basic colored shirts at a local craft store. If you time it right, you can sometimes find them for as little as $2 a piece at Michael’s. I like to stock up at that price, especially when I know I’m going to be making Mickey Mouse family shirts for vacation.

For my boys I bought blue, and for my daughter I bought purple. I like choosing bright colors so that they are easier to spot in a crowd. I like the way the purple turned out, more than the blue. But don’t tell my boys.

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DIY Bleached Mickey Mouse Shirt Tutorial


How to Make a Mickey Mouse Family Shirt

Begin by printing out the Mickey Mouse template. Put the template under the freezer paper and trace around it with a pencil. Cut out the freezer paper Mickey Mouse and with a hot iron, iron it on to the shirt, shiny side down. Make sure the edges are ironed down completely onto the shirt. If not you won’t get pretty, straight lines.

how to make a Mickey Mouse Shirt

Mix the bleach mixture in the spray bottle; one part bleach and one part water. You won’t need that much so don’t go overboard.

how to make Mickey Mouse Shirts

Place a piece of cardboard or something similar inside the shirt so that the bleach doesn’t seep through to the back side of the shirt.

With the setting on the spray bottle set to a light mist, start spraying around the ironed on Mickey attached to the shirt. Don’t over-saturate the shirt or you might not get clean lines around the Mickey. I went fairly light on ours and love the way it turned out. Spray a little at a time and allow the bleach time to work before spraying more. It can be done in sessions so that you get the result you want.

homemade Mickey Mouse Shirt

Allow the bleach to dry and carefully peel off the freezer paper Mickey. Allow the bleach to dry for 24 hours and then launder like normal.

Mickey Mouse tshirts

homemade Mickey Mouse tshirts

diy Mickey Mouse tshirts

I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t absolutely love these! I’m in love with the way they turned out.

And the boys’ blue shirts are just as cute.

bleached Mickey Mouse Shirt

Don’t you think?

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DIY Mickey Mouse Shirts

Obviously you could use any color shirt you wanted and I think it would turn out just as fabulous. The bleached areas on each color shirt will be different, which I think is another cool part of the DIY Bleached Mickey Mouse shirt.

Don’t forget to pin this tutorial so you can find it easily when you’re making your Disney shirts. If you’re not following me on Pinterest, follow me for other great Disney pins.

DIY Bleached Mickey Mouse ShirtI can’t wait for the kids to wear these at Disney World! And you know me, I’ll be busy snapping up lots of photos!

Here are some more Mickey-inspired posts:

Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops

Do your kids love the magical mouse that makes dreams come true? If so, then they're sure to love these Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops!

Mickey Mouse Candy Bark

Mickey Mouse Candy Bark // All you need is 3 simple ingredients to make a delicously, awesome fun way to tell your kids they're going to Disney World.

Snacks to Pack for Disney World

Snacking at Disney World can be expensive. Save room in the budget for other things with these snacks to pack for Disney World.

About Crystal

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  1. 1

    I love your tee-shirt idea. I’d love to make these for my kids and I. We are planning to go to Disney this fall. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2

    This is such a cool project! I didn’t think making a bleached shirt could be that easy. I see a fun summer project coming our way… thanks for the great tutorial!

  3. 3

    What a fun idea! I have never done something like that but the summer it’s going to happen because that looks like so much fun and it’s actually really pretty.

  4. 4
    Jeanine says:

    What a really great idea. Super cute and really easy too. This would be a fun idea to do one warm afternoon!

  5. 5

    Oh my gosh! These are so cute! And I love how EASY it looks to make these shirts! What a fun product!

  6. 6

    These are super cute, I love the idea of making my own Mickey Mouse shirt. Loving this idea.

  7. 7

    This looks fun to make with the kids! I love these ideas! This will be great to do with the kids over the summer!

  8. 8

    Wow, what a cool idea! I could see doing this with all sorts of different patterns. I’m going to give this a try soon.

  9. 9

    What a fun idea. We have been to Disney a couple of times and I love to see the families all dressed alike. Sure the main reason is to keep track of kids, but it’s a fun idea for photos too!

  10. 10

    We’ve done exactly this for our middle school! Printed out their logo and sprayed with a bleach solution. Results were fantastic!

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    Amy Desrosiers says:

    I LOVE this idea and want to get some cheap shirts to make my kids some! Great DIY!

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    Christine says:

    This is such a great idea and perfect timing too! We have our own Disney trip planned in June and I’m thinking these would be a perfect gift for the kids on the first day of our adventure.

  13. 13
    Lisa Bristol says:

    This is a fantastic idea. I will have to get the supplies i need to do this with the kids this weekend. There are so many cool ways you could use this.

  14. 14

    that is really cute! Usually my bleach stains dont come out anywhere near as cute as that!

  15. 15

    What a fun and fantastic idea for the perfect Disney shirt. I love that you can use any color combo you want.

  16. 16

    This is such a great idea, It is so pretty and neat! Love how it looks perfectly like Mickey!

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    Ryan Escat says:

    My wife loved mickey mouse, she would love this amazing DIY for sure.

  18. 18

    My son, Liam, loves Mickey Mouse! Thanks for sharing this fun DIY!!

  19. 19

    I love how easy this is, and it turned out fantastic!!

  20. 20

    I am obsessed with these shirts!!! My youngest is going to be 2 in September and I think these are going to be the cutest gift ideas for all the kids- she’s asking for a Mickey theme and we are SO going to deliver!

  21. 21
    Lori Calder says:

    What is freezer paper and where do I get it?
    From Canada

  22. 23

    What other shirts did you make for Disney?

    • 24

      Hi Mandy,

      I never got around to blogging about them but I made some character shirts using my Silhouette, and some more Mickey shirts using fabric cut-outs. They were all so cute!

  23. 25

    Will they smell like bleach when you’re finished? What happens when you wash them?

  24. 27
    Louise Fralie says:

    Do you have to use 100% cotton shirts or can they be cotton polyester?

    • 28

      Hi Louise,
      Polyester doesn’t respond the same way to bleach as cotton does so I think I would stick with 100% cotton. IF you do try it, please come back and let us know how it works out with the cotton/polyester blend.

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    Heather Trowbridge says:

    I know this is an older post, but I am getting ready for our trip. A couple quick questions: do you use the same size Mickey head for all of the shirts whether they are adult or child, and you need new freezer paper for each shirt, correct?

    • 30

      Hi Heather!

      I used the same sized Mickey head for all of our shirts. My youngest was 8 though. If you have toddlers I would probably decrease the size just a bit. The great thing about this project is that there is no “perfect”. The imperfectness of these shirts make them so unique.

      I hope you guys have a wonderful time on your Disney trip!

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