Make your own Halloween t-shirts


It’s a tradition for us each year to get the kids Halloween t-shirts. As the kids have gotten older, it has been harder to find t-shirts for them  (hint hint retailers of the world!!). Most Halloween t’s are for little kids, but my big kids still enjoy wearing them.  They can’t dress up at school in their costumes so the t-shirts are the next best thing.


When I saw the new Spooky line from Rhonna Designs I knew immediately that I wanted to make some freezer paper stencil t-shirts using the designs.

To do this, first I loaded the. png files into my Silhouette software. I then turned the files into cut files.

I cut the files out on freezer paper with the shiny side up.  Since the shiny side was up I had to make sure that my designs were reversed.

After I cut out the files I used fabric ink to freezer paper stencil – , I posted this step by step tutorial about it a couple of years ago if you don’t know what I’m talking about. The only change I made was on the Be Witched shirt I first used the black fabric paint then after that dried I sprayed it with black fabric glitter paint.  Which TOTALLY worked, I was pleasantly surprised with the results of the glitter paint.

I have the Silhouette SD not the Cameo and the files cut great on the freezer paper.

Then I got to work embellishing the t-shirts.

Here’s a breakdown shirt by shirt:

For the Be Witched shirt-

  • Words from the Rhonna Designs InstaSpooky kit
  • Apple & Hat from the Rhonna Designs Spooky Silhouette kit
  • Fancy girl is a Silhouette image 
  • I used the weld feature in the Silhouette software to weld the hat onto the image of the girl. Then placed the pumpkin (aka Apple) on her hand and cut the whole image at once.

To embellish:

I used fabric glue and red glitter to glitter the apple. Just put the glue over the apple then sprinkle on the glitter and let it dry.

I sewed a scrap of tulle onto her skirt and a couple of rhinestone buttons to her waist.

I used heat set rhinestones to add a bit more bling!

For the Monster Mash t-shirt:

-Image is from the InstaSpooky Kit from Rhonna Designs

-I added small googly eyes with fabric glue to a few of the monsters. Just a note… I have no idea how permanent these are so I would not glue monster eyes onto a t-shirt if it’s for a child young enough that you need to worry about choking hazards.


Now I could not make shirts for my kids and not one for me too!  I figured the “The Witch is In” saying might be a bit too perfect for me *wink*

The image is from the InstaSpooky kit

To bling it up a bit I added more heat set rhinestones.  I used a 2 different colors and sizes to give a little variety to the shirt.

Can’t wait to wear it. *wink*

I’ve got a few more t shirts planned…  I love the freezer paper method, it’s so easy and a good cheap way to get some cute t-shirts.



Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


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