By Joe Hughes
Fun and exciting is exactly how you want your kids to remember you. No one wants to be the boring parent, aunt, uncle or family member. Kids find magic in everything, and when you have your own heat press, you have an unlimited number of crafts you can do with your child.
It’s a day of endless fun.
But you need to come up with the ideas first before diving right in. You can make something as fun as the Smurf balloon, but you want to create something with the child in your life that will last a long time – and be used often.
1. Holiday T-Shirts
Holiday shirts are a great choice for every boy and girl, but this is often best suited to younger children. You’ll find that there are several holiday shirt patterns available to be used on a shirt, and DIY t-shirt transfers make it super simple to get started.
You’ll even be able to make your own custom jersey-style shirts.
A few ideas are:
· Santa’s #1 Child (with the number 1 on the back of the shirt)
· Red and white heart patterns for Valentine’s day
· Easter eggs with the child’s name on the back
The great part is that all you need to do is print the design onto heat press transfer paper, and you can print anything your heart desires.
It’s a fun afternoon project for kids to do with family or friends. You can also choose to make:
· Team shirts
· Cartoon shirts
· Printed shirts (paw prints, cat paws, etc)
2. Cute Custom Jackets
This is a little more expensive than the t-shirt idea where you can buy shirts in bulk for super cheap, but kids will love their own custom jackets. And this is the same technology that you’ll find on fleece jackets, many school jackets and windbreakers.
What works best?
· Logos with simple lettering
· Simple designs with solid colors
· School type jackets
A few of the most common heat press jacket designs are:
· Words separated at the zipper, such as Mandy, with the zipper separating after the “n”
· Quotes, such as “daddy’s girl”
· Animal designs
I have seen a lot of ornate jackets with advanced prints on the back. These jackets are often made of denim, and this will take a little experience with the heat press to get just right. A few of the designs that you can print or make, include:
· Detailed skulls and bones
· Cartoon outlines and figures (Mickey)
· Angel wings
The sky is the limit, so just use your imagination and get started using your heat press to try out new designs and patterns.
If you happen to have a monogramming machine, you’ll also be able to add lettering to your jackets.
3. Adorable Hats
Hats are always cute, and they’re perfect for little boys who love sports. Why? You can buy a plain hat for really cheap and then begin to print on it. But this doesn’t mean that girls are excluded from the fun.
Little girls will find an array of colors they adore to use for their hat, and they’ll also be able to print their own sayings and designs on the hat.
A few ideas are:
· Sports logos (be careful to not infringe on copyright laws)
· Soccer star (any sport will do)
· Cartoon figures
· School logos
· Quotes or sayings
Really, the possibilities are endless with a heat press by your side. The good news is that you can find hats for cheap online and decide to use a heat press to jazz them up a bit.
While not a traditional hat, there are a lot of people who have used the same awesome designs on a baby’s cap or hat. These hats are very small, so it will take a more skilled heat press user to be able to print just the right design.
You can even do this on ski caps or on baby bibs if you wish.
Heat presses are a great option for all baby clothes, and it allows you to truly customize the garment to the child’s personality. I have seen many onesies with names, cartoon characters and even little animal prints come off the heat press and look 100 times better than what you would find in retail stores.
And you’ll often spend much less on making these garments than buying them in the store.
A cute saying I’ve seen on a bib was “we both know that’s not an airplane.” It’s fun, quirky and so true.
So, what great ideas do you have for your heat press extravaganza?
Joe Hughes – HeatPressReview BIO
Name: Joe Hughes
Bio: Joe Hughes, known by most as the Heat Press Guru, is an expert in DIY crafts, with a particular focus on utilizing heat press machines to create beautiful, long-lasting creations. He runs the very popular website, http://heatpressreview.com, which provides the latest heat press techniques, tricks, and ideas. He can be reached at