Nothing could be more delightful and invigorating than an afternoon of creative play, running around in a superhero shirt with a cape and special powers. Learn to create your own superhero emblem, print it and iron it on to just about any piece of clothing. You can make the emblem large for shirts, blankets and curtains, or small for socks, gloves and hats. Whether you make something similar to a famous superhero emblem or create a special design that is all your own, this is an enjoyable and relatively easy craft project.
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Things you need
- Printer ink
- Printer paper
- Iron-on transfer paper
- Clothing items
Take a photo of something you can use for your superhero emblem. Try using a photo of yourself in a special costume, photographing a design drawn on paper or taking a picture of a favourite superhero.
Upload your photo to the computer and edit it to suit your needs. Photoshop and Gimp are ideal for changing the size of the photo, cropping it, making it look like a comic strip or changing it to black and white.
Print a test copy of your photo on plain printer paper. Check to ensure that the colours are right and that your emblem is the proper size for your needs.
Print your emblem onto iron-on transfer paper, allowing the design to dry completely before removing the paper from the printer.
Preheat your iron according to the manufacturer's directions. Most iron-on transfers require low or medium heat.
Cut out your emblem from the transfer paper and place it facedown onto your clothing item.
Put the iron down on top of the transfer paper and hold it in place for a few seconds before moving it to the next section of the transfer.
Make sure the design is thoroughly transferred to the clothing item, and then peel away the protective backing.
Allow your garment to cool completely before using it.
Tips and warnings
- Save your emblem file so it can be used in future craft projects. Consider making shirts, hats, scarves or gloves as gifts for children around the holidays.
- Never allow children to use an iron unsupervised.
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