One of the things I was busy creating in my little Christmas workshop were these father and son shirts for my husband and son. It’s hard to come up with something unique and “wow” for the guy who pretty much has to tell you specifically what he wants for Christmas (this video game, that Lego kit). Plus big purchases are kind of a joint decision situation, so I can’t exactly buy him something with that kind of wow factor. So that always leaves me stewing up some nerdy DIY to surprise my husband with.
This year I landed on these DIY Vader and Luke matching shirts. It worked. I saw manly tears well up in his eyes when he unfolded the shirts and realized what they were. Go me!
DIY Father and Son Vader and Luke shirts
Did you know that it’s hard to get photos of a baby and a man where both of them are showing clear views of the front of their shirts while doing cute things? So I don’t have any great views of the shirts together, but I do have some cute ones of these two guys together. There’s something so special and sweet about daddies and their boys being affectionate with one another
I made Hawthorne’s shirt with the Rowan tee pattern from Titchy Threads. And I chickened out and bought a plain mossimo tee from Target for Tim.
I took some blow by blow photos of the stenciling process in case you’re interested.
First I traced the image onto my freezer paper and stressed out over cutting tons of tiny fiddly little lines. I’m always convinced I’m going to eff it up on the last cut and have to start over.
Then I pressed it with the iron onto the shirt. Gotta save all those little extra pieces that aren’t connected to anything, and add them in after.
Then a layer of white paint with a makeup sponge, my new brush of choice
Layer of black, but with some white bits showing through
Another layer of white in some of the corners. I wanted a weathered look, so it looks like it’s worn through to an underneath layer. But I also didn’t want the actual tee just showing through and looking like I just made a mistake. Hence plenty of thin layers for good coverage.
One more dose of black with white parts left in corners
Then I had to rip the stencil off while the paint was still wet, because Tim was nearly home from work on Christmas Eve and I was running out of time. Not last minute or anything.
I’m adding my Luke stencil for any of you geeks who have a desire to put a Luke on something. The image is below in a 700 pixel wide size, but I’m including my full sized digital file in a dropbox link too. You can just download it and resize it for whatever project you’re using it for.
I’ve got to clean up my Darth Vader graphic, and can share that at some point if anyone wants it.
Did you make anything nerdy for your loved ones at Christmas?