Easy Superhero Tank Tops for Halloween
These DIY Superhero tank tops for kids make for great Halloween costumes or for everyday wear, like a distressed vintage look.
Summer is still simmering here in Southern California so we busted out some super cool superhero tank-tops. But these would be great as pajama tops or even Halloween costumes. They’re really easy to make and quite affordable!
Supplies for your Superhero Icon Tank Top:
1. some basic white t-shirts, or undershirts in our case (I bought a five pack online for $5)
2. iron-on transfer paper
3. a dry hot iron (no water for steam!)
5. and our Superhero icon printables!
Instructions to Apply Superhero Badges
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty:
1. Print out your superhero printables (above). Cut around the edges. It’s okay to leave a little white space around the edges, that will be clear on your shirt but you don’t want to leave a lot because it will show up in the light.
2. Place the printed transfer paper (for best results, follow the directions on your package but I’ll go over them roughly here) face side down on your shirt where you want it to go. Then with a hot iron press down with both hands for 45 seconds. If your iron doesn’t cover the entire design just overlap and make sure all parts (especially the edges) have been pressed for 45 seconds or more.
3. Let it cool and then peel! It’s best if you do it slowly so you don’t accidentally rip the design off the shirt along with the backing. But if you did a good job ironing you shouldn’t have any problem with that.
4. Put on your best superhero smile and wear it like you mean it!
A note about ribbed t-shirts. As you can see below, when the ribs of the tank are stretched the superhero badge stretches too. So if you don’t like this distressed look (which I personally think is pretty cool) you should go with a smooth white t-shirt instead of a ribbed tank. But in my case I like this stretched-out look. It’s almost as if my kid’s super hero muscles are about to break right out of their shirt. I might have to make one of these for myself!
Difficulty Level: Easy!
Appropriate Age levels: Anyone old enough to use a hot iron without burning themselves. (Parents, always have an adult present to supervise)