Are you in love with the llama crazy? We sure are! Make this Easy DIY Llama Coloring Shirt for a super fun handmade gift idea thats a kids craft and a piece of clothing in one!
I like to think that I was one of the early adopters of the llama craze. My kiddo has been llama obsessed for a few years now and I’ve spent a lot of time seeking out adorable llama gifts for her. (Check the bottom of this post for a link to 55+ awesome llama ideas). I was also an early adopter of the sloth craze… but that’s a story for another day. Llamas and sloths are everywhere right now. Have you visited Michael’s lately? Who knew llamas and sloths could be so Christmasy! There is a llama Christmas garland there that I seriously have my eye on, tons of llama and sloth gift wrapping options, and the cutest little sloth and llama DIY ornament kits in the kids crafting section. The craze is real. I have bought a ton of llama items in my days, but for some reason I haven’t made any… until now!
A few years ago, Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama made the cutest DIY Unicorn Coloring Shirt. I thought that the idea was genius and since then it’s become one of my go-to handmade gift ideas for kids. All you need is a blank shirt, some black iron-on, a cute SVG file and a cutting machine and you’ve got an adorable handmade gift in minutes! I love pairing this gift with a cute little tag that says “Color Me In” and a pack of fabric pens (or buy a huge pack of fabric markers like this and give out a few fun colors with each shirt)!
Now let’s talk designs. Your best bet is to find a design with lots of black outlines. I did an image search for “llama” in Cricut Design Space and the cutie that I put on this shirt popped up. It’s part of an adorable online cartridge called “Makers Gonna Make“. If any of you were at the Cricut Mountain Makeathon where the Cricut Maker was announced you may have received some enamel pins from this line as your reward for the scavenger hunt. I’m obsessed with those pins and had no idea that there was a collection of images available in Design Space for each of the pins!
You can buy this llama image for 99 cents, but honestly, you are going to want to buy the entire cartridge for $29.99. I mean… just look at all of this cuteness! There are 158 images in this cartridge but I’m going to show you just some of my favorites.
So cute right?!?!? Click here to see them all. Even though I set out looking for a llama image I had some serious back and forth happening once I found this cartridge (I decided to find a narwhal zippered pouch too that you can find here). There are so many options here that would be perfect for coloring shirts!
Proud member of Team Silhouette? No worries! You can use other SVG’s for this project too.
Read on for my tutorial for how to make this easy DIY Llama Coloring Shirt.
DIY Llama Coloring Shirt- Super Fun and Easy Gift Idea
Materials (Click on bold text for where to find each item):
–EasyPress or Iron
Step 1: Open the Makers Gonna Make Llama Design and size it for the shirt you are putting it on. Click “Make It” and mirror your image under the cutting mat options on the left hand side of the screen. Place black iron-on on your cutting mat with the shiny side facing down. Cut using your cutting machine.
Step 2: Weed your vinyl removing all of the unwanted iron-on and leaving behind just your llama image.
Step 3: Apply your design to your shirt, using the appropriate heat settings for the type of iron-on you are using and the type of shirt you are applying it to. You can find how hot to heat your EasyPress or iron to and how long to press it for here.
Voila! You have an adorable DIY Llama Coloring shirt! To color it make sure you put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt, underneath where you are coloring so that the color doesn’t bleed onto the back of the shirt. After coloring allow to dry for 24 hours and then the shirt is machine washable. We wash ours on delicate inside out!
Just look how cute it looks colored in!