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DIY Butterfly Shirt: How to Use Holographic Sparkle Heat Transfer Vinyl

It’s so easy to take a boring shirt up a notch with this DIY shimmery butterfly t-shirt using holographic sparkle heat transfer vinyl. This beginner project is fun and fast. It combines 2 of the prettiest finishes; holographic and glitter! The end result is a playful shirt that not only catches the light, but it also sparkles! You’ll love how easy it is to quickly create your own fashion design!

You can find the full tutorial below to see how you can make your own DIY shimmery butterfly t-shirt using holographic sparkle heat transfer vinyl!

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

Step 1: Open up the DIY Holographic Butterfly T-shirt Project Cut File. Resize each butterfly to fit your shirt surface (these butterflies are sized to fit a 5T shirt).

Step 2: To cut the Holograhic Sparkle Vinyl, click “Make it” and select “Holographic Sparkle” and more cutting pressure if using a Cricut Maker, “Heat Transfer +” for other Cricut Machines, and “Heat Transfer, Smooth” for Silhouette.

Step 3: Place the vinyl on the cutting mat with the patterned/liner side facing down.

Step 4: Add it to your Cricut (or Silhouette) machine to cut. Continue adding the remaining colors to your cutting machine until all of the butterflies have been cut.

Step 5: Trim down the design and weed the negative. You’ll also need to weed the small pieces inside of the wings. Repeat this process on all of the butterfly designs.

Step 5: Trim down the design and weed the negative. You’ll also need to weed the small pieces inside of the wings. Repeat this process on all of the butterfly designs.

Step 6: To add the butterflies, heat up your EasyPress (or iron) to 300-315 degrees. Place it on the shirt and hold for 5 seconds. Add the pink butterfly design and heat for it 10 seconds. Then, place the Teflon sheet on top and heat for another 15 seconds. Let the liner cool for a minute and peel it off.

Step 7: Repeat the above steps to add the remaining butterflies to the shirt. Be sure to cover the designs already on the shirt with either a removed liner (from another butterfly design) or a Teflon sheet to protect them from coming into direct contact with the EasyPress or Iron.

I absolutely love how this DIY shimmery butterfly t-shirt using holographic sparkle heat transfer vinyl turned out! In less than hour I was able to transform and completely customize a basic white t-shirt. The holographic sparkle vinyl really sparkles and shines!

About the Author

Meghan Quinones

Meghan lives in Chicago with husband and 4 year old twins. She is obsessed with making and creating for the look for less. Pretty much every decor piece in her home is something she either made or upcycled. She started her blog to inspire everyone who visits her online creative space to create in their own lives.