DIY Project: Make Your Own Election Day Shirts

DIY Project: Make Your Own Election Day Shirts

Sonia Zjawinski
Nov 4, 2008

Not sure if you knew this yet, but today's election day! Since we'll probably be spending a few hours in line waiting to cast our vote we thought we should do it in style (and while shouting out some fashionable propaganda). Last night we went to Office Max and picked up some iron-on transfers. We then found an image on 30 Reasons, which we posted about two weeks ago, that we printed using our Lexmark All-in-One printer. There were some mishaps, which we get into after the jump, but we're happy to say they we now have an Obama shirt that did not cost us $60.

First we didn't realize we needed to select the "iron-on transfer" option in our printer cue in order to have the image print flipped (the paper we got requires that the image is flipped as you place it ink side down when you iron it on). Then our Lexmark was having a hard time gripping the paper, so we ended up with a half scalped Barack in one snafu.

Finally, we got our print just right and cut it out using an xacto knife and ruler.

Once we started to iron on the sheet we realized that DIY iron-ons aren't mistake proof. Our first attempt didn't seem to stick just right so that when we went to peel the backing the image ripped. We tried to fix these rips by re-ironing using the peel away backing but ended up fracking up the shirt a bit more.

So we decided to try again, now using what we've learned about pressure and time needed with the iron. Second time's a charm.

We're off to the polls! Wish us luck!

photos: soniaz

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