Iron On T-shirt Birthday Gift

Today, I’m super exceited to be joining over 100 other talented and amazing bloggers as part of Kristen Duke’s Birthday Week extravaganza.  As part of her celebration, she challenged each of us to create a gift that would be suitable for one of our friends for under $5!  Thanks to this blog hop, you will be able to grab over 100 ideas and inspiration for gifts that are ALL under $5!  Crazy, right?   Here’s my little contribution to the hop… this Iron On T-Shirt gift!

So here’s a story about one of my best friends, Jenn.  She is that wildly inappropriate friend that I’m sure you all have – you know, the one who says the things you would only dare think – and some things you wouldn’t even dare think.  She is the loud one of our group, and a true east coaster through and through.

Have your shirt say exactly what you want with these custom Iron On T-Shirts!

However… she’s a hermit.  Okay, maybe not a total hermit, but pretty much once the sun sets, so does she.  We often text or call her to do something or get together and her response is always the same.

“Sorry.  Bra’s off.  Not happening.”

What an old lady, right?

So when my friend Mel and I (yes, the same Mel of that delicious raspberry cream cheese pie) found out Jenn was moving, we had to create something to signify our love/hate relationship with Jenn’s inability to socialize because she refuses to get properly dressed again.  We saw this little quote somewhere and thought it was perfectly fitting for her, and had to put it on a tshirt for her.

This project is so easy.  Literally – easy!  You only need two supplies – a plain t-shirt and some iron on.

Have your shirt say exactly what you want with these custom Iron On T-Shirts!

Now this project could run you any number of costs, depending mainly on where you buy your tshirt.  There’s the dollar store, JoAnn’s (they were $2.50 the last time I checked!), Wal-Mart, or even Old Navy.  If you spend around $3.00 on a shirt, you could easily make this project for under $5.00, but even if you go high end and buy a shirt from Old Navy, you’re still looking at less than $10 total.

For the iron on vinyl, you also have a few options.  I used the Cricut rolls pictured above because I already had them.  Using what you have is always cheaper than buying something else.  However, if you plan to make more than one shirt, or you need iron on for another project, buying a roll may be your most cost efficient solution.  You can also buy it by the sheets at Expressions Vinyl.  A 12×12 sheet will run you about $3.50, and you only use half a sheet per shirt.  If you want to do two colors like I did, you will only need 1/4 of a sheet of each color.

Have your shirt say exactly what you want with these custom Iron On T-Shirts!

I created the text in a photo editor (GIMP) because it allowed me to use the same font but change the width and thickness by resizing the layers.  I then saved it as an image, and uploaded it to my design space.

Have your shirt say exactly what you want with these custom Iron On T-Shirts!

It will open really small, so just stretch it out – I made it about 6″x9″.

Have your shirt say exactly what you want with these custom Iron On T-Shirts!

If you are doing all of the text in one color, all you do now is cut it out (make sure you mirror the text and place your iron on face down on your mat!).  If you would like to do two colors, as I did, here’s a tip on how to do it quickly:  Click on the contour button, and click everything you DON’T want to cut on this run.  Those lines will turn a lighter blue, and when you click off of them, those lines will disappear from your cut area.  So in the picture below, I had told my machine NOT to cut pants, and that’s why it is a different color.  Continue for the first half, and then hit cut.  After the first part cuts, return and put that part back in (click contour, and click each letter in the first half so it turns dark blue again).  Then, turn the bottom half “off” by repeating the same process.

Ironing on is simple – just use a dry iron, place where you want it, cover with a thin piece of fabric, and press down gently on the iron for 5-10 seconds in each spot until it is fully adhered to the shirt.

Have your shirt say exactly what you want with these custom Iron On T-Shirts!

We gave the shirt to Jenn at her going away party last night, and she laughed really hard and said “That is sooo me!”  I’m glad we know her so well… but sad we will miss such a great friend!

And now… the other creative ideas!  A lot of these gifts are versatile for any occasion, and can be a to gift to your friends, family, or even that gal that you’d like to get to know better. Even more fabulous–most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

101 Birthday Ideas for Friends

{Blog Hop Birthday designs by C {dot} love}


Are you ready for some inspiration? Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don’t forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

free printable blog hop

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas
5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli
10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T.
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call
14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple
15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

free printables blog hop

21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy
38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy
39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead
40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

free printables

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After


free printables

61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.
66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland
68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real
76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

blog hop free printables

81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects
83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou
97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said…
101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will
102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda
105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

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About Sarah

Sarah Desjardins is a mother of two girls, a wife, an elementary school teacher, and a self proclaimed glitter addict. Becoming Martha is a place for anyone who wants to make their domestic life more beautiful and creative. Sarah started Becoming Martha as a place to find bliss between the diapers and the dishes, and invites you to do the same.


  1. Haha! Awesome!

  2. Oh my gosh this is awesome! Seriously. LOVE it ~ thanks for sharing! xo

  3. Bah haha!! That’s the BEST!


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