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DIY Superhero Cape

by: Jamie,

This weekend, Jeff and I are running with our big kids in the Color Vibe 5K. This is a big deal for us, because it’s the first time the four of us have done something like this, together. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever done a color race and I can. not. wait!!

Since we’re partnering with Color Vibe and Tum-E Yummies for this race, they’re sponsoring our participation and even wanted to see how we could decorate ourselves. That IS half of the fun, you know. 🙂 Knowing I wanted to make sure we had a good time and even stood out a little in the crowd, I wanted to make a little costume for us. As part of our Color Your World Kit, this DIY Superhero Cape is the perfect thing to set us apart from the crowd, and add an extra element of fun to our run.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Start out with any plain white t-shirt. You can actually use any color, but I used white because I know it will be covered in colorful chalk and a white fabric will make those colors stand out best!

Step 2

The first thing you’ll want to do to the shirt is to cut the sleeves off.

Step 3

Once your sleeves are cut off, you’ll cut up both sides of the shirt.

Step 4

Since you’ll only be using one side of the shirt, you’ll want to cut off the front part of the shirt, just below the collar. I made my cut straight across, leaving a little bit of reinforcement in the shoulders. You’ll also want to make a cut through the center of the collar. It would be easy to leave the collar intact, allowing you to slip the collar over your head, but this method is just a little safer.

Step 5

I made a diagonal cut from the shoulders to the bottom of the collar. I then used hot glue to secure my velcro on both sides of the collar opening.

Step 6

Once I had my velcro secured, I used my Silhouette cutting machine to cut this lightening bolt on to freezer paper. All I had to do was iron this paper in to place on the shirt and it was stuck to the fabric. I made sure to iron especially well along the edges to keep the paint from seeping.

Step 7

I used red fabric paint and a sponge brush to paint my lightening bolt. I found that one coat gives it a good cover, but I did two coats just to make sure.

Step 8

The best tip here is to make sure to peel the freezer paper off before the paint dries. Peel the paper off and admire your work.

Step 9

I’m planning to make four of these for our race so we can all look as cool as this guy!

I know our big kids will like having these capes as souvenirs from the race and we’ll look cute as we run the course. Now, the biggest goal is to make sure we stay ahead of everyone so they can admire our work! 🙂

The Color Vibe 5K is also sponsored by Tum-E Yummies, which means we’ll have plenty to get rehydrated with after the race!