DIY Nintendo Shirts

Use your Cricut and some HTV to create DIY Nintendo Shirts for the whole family!

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DIY Nintendo Shirts

My husband and I have always been huge Nintendo fans since we were young, and my daughter is being raised with a love for Nintendo as well. We love to play video games together as a family, especially Mario Party! Needless to say, my family was so excited to be invited to an event to meet up with Nintendo to talk about the new Nintendo 2DSXL. To get ready for the big night, we decided to make some Nintendo-themed shirts to wear to show just how nerdy we are about Nintendo!

DIY Nintendo Shirts

To make these shirts, use your favorite cutting tool like the Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker machine. You'll also need some heat transfer (iron-on) vinyl. For all three of our shirts, I used EasyWeed HTV, EasyWeed Stretch HTV, and Glitter HTV.

In case you are new to iron-on/HTV, it comes with a heat-activated adhesive vinyl on one side, and a clear carrier sheet on the other. The clear carrier sheet provides a way to keep your design intact until application. ALL cuts will need to be mirrored, since you need to cut the vinyl with the carrier sheet facing down.

Upload the cut files into Design Space and size the images to fit your shirts. Don't forget to mirror the images before cutting!!
DIY Nintendo Shirts

Weed the vinyl by removing all of the parts you don't need. For smaller spaces like inside the letters, weeding tools are a life saver!

DIY Nintendo Shirts

Plug the EasyPress in push the power button. Adjust the temperature and timer using the icon and +/- buttons. When it has completely heated up, the EasyPress will beep and the button with the Cricut logo will change from red to green.

DIY Nintendo Shirts

Place your shirt on the EasyPress Mat and pre-heat the area for 5 seconds. The EasyPress Mat is the perfect partner to the EasyPress, and is convenient for projects like this. Instead of getting the ironing board out, this mat is easy to use and protects your surfaces from heat and moisture. It's definitely an accessory I recommend!

DIY Nintendo Shirts

My daughter adores Princess Peach, so we put together a design that describes my daughter perfectly!

Center the design on the front of your shirt and press it down. The back of the carrier sheet is tacky, so it will help to keep the vinyl in place if you need to move the shirt around at all before heating it up.

DIY Nintendo Shirts

I used white Glitter HTV for my daughter's Princess Peach shirt. Adjust the EasyPress temperature to 325º and timer to 20 seconds. Take the EasyPress out of the base and place it over the vinyl and carrier sheet. Press the green Cricut button to start the timer, and add medium pressure while you hold the EasyPress in place until the timer goes off. Turn the shirt over and press the area for 15 seconds.

DIY Nintendo Shirts

While the vinyl is still hot, carefully peel away the carrier sheet.

DIY Nintendo Princess Peach Shirt

Once the shirt has cooled, it's ready to wear! Glitter HTV is one of my favorites to use because the colors stay brilliant and the glitter sparkles wash after wash. For best results, wash the shirt inside out and hang to dry.

*Cut file images are free for personal use only

DIY Nintendo Mario Squad Goals Shirt

Super Mario Bros. is one of my favorite Nintendo games, so I decided to put together a #SquadGoals shirt with a mushroom, star, and flower from the game. Since I need a little extra... give... in the chest area of my shirts, I decided to go with a gold HTV with extra stretch. It's one of my favorite vinyls to use on my shirts and activewear. Place your shirt on the EasyPress Mat and pre-heat the area for 5 seconds. Lay the design down on the shirt and use the EasyPress.

For EasyWeed Stretch HTV, adjust the EasyPress temperature to 305º and timer to 20 seconds. Turn the shirt over and press again. Peel the liner off when the vinyl has cooled. Wait 24 hours before washing the shirt in cold water. Dry at normal setting.

*Cut file images are free for personal use only

DIY Nintendo Controller Shirt

For my husband's shirt, I used both red and black EasyWeed HTV to create the classic Nintendo controller design that is both simple and funny. Place the shirt on the EasyPress Mat and pre-heat the area for 5 seconds. Lay the design down on the shirt and use the EasyPress.

For EasyWeed HTV, adjust the EasyPress temperature to 305º and timer to 15 seconds. Turn the shirt over and press again. Peel the liner off when the vinyl has cooled. For best results, wash the shirt inside out and hang to dry.

*Cut file images are free for personal use only

Utah Nintendo Event #2DSXL

The event with Nintendo was held at Discovery Gateway, a fun children's museum in Salt Lake City. We were able to go into the museum after hours, and it was so fun for my daughter to be able to play with other "blogger kids" and check out the exhibits without the public!

2DSXL Nintendo Event #2DSXL

We were greeted by the Nintendo staff and the amazing Family Forward team who put on the event. Before talking Nintendo, we were treated with pizza, salad, and sandwiches from California Pizza Kitchen and dessert from Sweet Tooth Fairy. It was a lot of fun to sit and catch up with fellow influencers and get to know their families. 

2DSXL Nintendo Event #2DSXL

After dinner, we learned all about the new Nintendo 2DSXL! It's SO much fun, and I can't wait to tell you more about it in an upcoming post!

2DSXL Nintendo Event #2DSXL

Everyone was able to test out the new device and a bunch of games. My daughter was having a blast and loved every minute of it. Mario Kart is definitely at the top of her list of favorite games.

2DSXL Nintendo Event #2DSXL

As a surprise at the end of the event, we were graciously given a swag bag full of amazing Nintendo loot, including our very own shiny Nintendo 2DSXL! We've also got a couple of new games to play and a gift card to the Nintendo eShop!

We had a blast at the event, and I love that I could easily make my family some shirts to wear just for the occasion using my Cricut and HTV.

What's your favorite Nintendo game?

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #189

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so happy you're here. I can't wait to see what you've been working on. Before we start the party, here are a few of the creative projects and delicious recipes that were shared at last week's party:

Apply HTV to Flip Flops by Create & Babble
Patriotic Jello Poke Cake by The Country Chic Cottage
DIY Waterproof Seat Cover by Diana Rambles
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake by The Kitchen is My Playground
S'mores Icebox Cake by From Playdates to Parties
Patriotic Lollipop Topiary by Gluesticks
Twinkies Banana Cream Pie by Kleinworth & Co.
Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain by Interior Frugalista

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Baby Shower Gift Basket with Free Printable Card

I have been compensated by JOHNSON’S® Baby for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. 

Help out a new mom, or prepare a mom-to-be, with a Baby Shower Gift Basket and a Free Printable Card.

My sister-in-law is about to have a baby, so I've been thinking about what to give her to celebrate her new bundle of joy. Often when you think of what to get a new mom, shopping for adorable little onesies, burp cloths, and bottles can be hard to resist. However, I remember when I was a new mom and I was overwhelmed with all of those things. What I really needed was the essentials, which I didn't have very much of, if at all. So, if you're about to celebrate a new mom, or mom-to-be, I've put together a gift basket idea that I know she AND baby will appreciate.

There are a lot of baby products out there, but I want to give my sister-in-law the JOHNSON’S® baby products I loved using with my daughter the most. For daytime baths, my go-to was the JOHNSON’S® Head-to-Toe Baby Wash to gently cleanse and soothe sensitive baby skin with one bottle. Afterward, the Johnson's Baby Lotion is perfect for babies' delicate skin and has the classic baby-fresh scent. The JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Baby Bath, Lotion, and Shampoo helped us get into a routine to calm baby down at bedtime with a warm bath, gentle massage, and Natural Calm essences to help babies sleep better (which is helpful for everyone).

All of the JOHNSON’S® products are safe for sensitive baby skin, because they’re clinically proven to be gentle and mild, as well as being hypoallergenic and paraben-free. You can find a variety of JOHNSON’S® baby products at Walmart in the baby products aisle.

Now that you have your products, it's time to arrange them into a sweet gift basket! Find a basket that you like. You could even find a bin or container that the mom-to-be can use again afterward for storage! Line the basket with some tissue paper sheets. Place the JOHNSON’S® baby products into the basket. I put the taller bottles in the back and the shorter in front so you could see them all. I also put the Bedtime products together on the same side.

If you want, you can also put in other gifts like pacifiers, socks, and other small items into the basket. While we were shopping, my daughter picked out a sweet little stuffed cat for her new cousin. I put the cat in between the two taller bottles so it looks like she's snuggling the lotion.

Next, I tied some adorable pink ribbon with sparkle dots around the basket into a sweet bow in the front. I just love little details like this on gift baskets. Plus, the new mom can reuse the ribbon afterward to use as a hair bow for baby!

Make sure that you include a card with the gift basket! I've designed a card that you can download and use for any baby gift. Simply print out the Baby Card on white cardstock and cut it out with scissors or a paper cutter. Fold along the center line, and write your message inside. The folded card measures 4" x 6", so it will fit in an envelope.

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (home, school, libraries, etc).
*You may NOT modify, sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, you may use ONE photo and credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama and linked back to this post.

Tuck the card into the basket, and the gift is ready to give. You could also wrap the entire basket in cellophane and tie off with another ribbon.

I am so excited to give this gift basket to my sister-in-law, and I'm even more excited to meet my new niece!

Which JOHNSONS® baby products would you include in a Baby Shower Gift Basket?

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