DIY Kids Moustache Tshirt

moustache diy kids tshirtDo you find that your child has a couple of tops that they wear again and again? I’m having one of those weeks where I’m sick of getting the same clothes out every day for The Toddler, yet at the same time I’m kinda bored with the other stuff he owns too. Not good, huh?

I don’t really like throwing kids clothes out, because they are hideously expensive (seriously? how can a kids t shirt cost nearly as much as mine?!) so the options for when I’m bored are pretty much a) get on with life and ignore that my child is in the same top every day for 6 months b) upcycle one of their old boring ones to make something new and funky. In this case, umm… the top was a bit of a mess too and I thought that a new print would help hide some stains!

How to make your DIY Kids Moustache Tshirt

In planning this I was originally going to get my silkscreen out and do something Mega Funky And Cool and Faffy but I figured that most people don’t have a silkscreen and actually, with The Toddler being a sleep refusenik at the moment I didn’t fancy my chances of getting it done before I wanted to go to bed! So here’s what I did….

1. Find a nice image that you like. I went on paint and created a blank document, then looked on picmonkey for one of their overlays. They have a lot of facial hair. Result. You will also need a sponge, some newspaper and an ink which is suitable for fabric printing (I use Speedball).

2. Cut your image out to create a stencil  I recommend using a craft knife and a self healing mat, but as I couldn’t find mine it was time for the scissors. Lay it on your tshirt and put newspaper inside the top to protect the other side of the tshirt and under the tshirt to protect your floor or table.

3. Dab the ink all over your image using a bit of sponge. If you have a child who is fairly safe with paint then they could do this themselves. My toddler is just out of shot while I pleaded ‘Don’t touch!’ Yep, sleep didn’t work.

4. Remove stencil, if you need to you can touch up any dodgy bits with a paint brush but I’d try and avoid it as this can show. Chuck mess in the bin, follow your ink’s instructions on how to make it wash proof, wait for it to dry and pop it on your child. Ta-dahhhhh!!!!!

I’d love to know if anyone makes one of these, do email, facebook or tweet me to let me know if you give it a try!


  1. 30th May 2013 / 8:16 am

    Love it. My son has a tshirt that has a picture of a snake with a moustache, maybe when he grows out of it I can partly recreate it.

    • Kate
      30th May 2013 / 6:30 pm

      Ooh, yes that sounds good too! 🙂

  2. 30th May 2013 / 8:32 am

    looks good! I need to do this with some of the boys stuff

    • Kate
      30th May 2013 / 6:30 pm

      I wasn’t sure at first when I first made it but I have to say it looks bloomin’ lovely on!!

  3. 31st May 2013 / 12:35 pm

    I love this so much – stuff the kids – that’s for me!

    • Kate
      31st May 2013 / 6:25 pm

      Aww, thank you 🙂 Yeah an adult one would be cool!

  4. 1st June 2013 / 8:10 pm

    Love this and I want to see your silkscreen kit! Used to love doing that when I was younger!

  5. 14th June 2013 / 5:54 pm

    I love that. Think I may have to do it on some of my own tops!

    • Kate
      16th June 2013 / 7:24 pm

      I know, I’m also wondering why I did his top and not mine?!

  6. 22nd April 2014 / 11:24 am

    Very cute, I want to make some stripy moustache t-shirts for myself now!! 🙂

    • 22nd April 2014 / 6:37 pm

      I know! Why did I not do this for myself?!

  7. 22nd April 2014 / 3:00 pm

    Oh, I love this. Having had two boys then a girl, there are only so many clothes I can now hand down… But this would allow me to make some slightly more ‘girly’ tops out of the plainer boys t-shirts… Hmm, got me thinking now 🙂

    • 22nd April 2014 / 6:37 pm

      I’m having the same thoughts myself! Hate to just chuck stuff out!!

  8. Anthea
    22nd April 2014 / 5:21 pm

    How cool is that! We have some neon fabric paints somewhere – may have to try very soon… 🙂 #pintorials

  9. 22nd April 2014 / 8:30 pm

    This is all kinds of awesome – LOVE it!
    Plus, when you type “TADAAAAH!” I can hear Chops shouting it very proudly, which makes me smile 🙂

    • 22nd April 2014 / 9:00 pm

      Ha ha ha, I’m going to dedicate all my writing to Chops in future 😉 dude’s got style!

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