How To Create Family Reunion T-Shirts

Family reunions are wonderful opportunities to have some fun, catch up with your cousins and get to know family members that live far away. A lot of work and planning goes into a successful family reunion, but the memories are priceless.
Many families choose to make t-shirts to commemorate their reunion -- a great idea! Here are a few tips to help you create terrific tees!

  1. Start with shirts in a light color; white or yellow work well. No matter how you choose to decorate the shirts, a light color will make your designs stand out. Also, most reunions are held in the summer and light colored clothing is much more comfortable in the heat.

  • Purchase all of the shirts in the same size, preferably an extra-large, to accommodate all shapes and sizes. If desired, you can also buy large kids' t-shirts (or maybe child-sized hats) for the youngest family members.
  • Get a head count of all those expected to attend, then purchase extra shirts. It's better to have a few left over than to have some people left out!
  • Decide on a design. If you have an artistic family member, enlist their help to create a one-of-a-kind graphic for the shirts.
  • The easiest way to put the design on the shirts is to print on t-shirt transfer paper (available at office supply stores) and iron onto shirts. If you are printing a large quantity of sheets, it may be more cost efficient to have the printing done by a professional rather than using cartridge after cartridge on your computer.
  • Photographs work very well for family reunion shirts. One good choice would be a photo of the oldest family member planning to attend or maybe a picture of the house where the grandparents raised their children.
  • Make it a game. Decorate the shirts with several old baby photos of family members. Everyone guesses who the babies are and the one with the most correct answers wins a prize.
  • Be sure that the date and location of the reunion is on the shirts.
  • If cost is an issue, you can email the design to each family member and instruct them to print it onto t-shirt transfer paper. Each person can then purchase their own shirt and simply iron the design on.
  • If shirts are provided by one person and given to each family member as they arrive at the reunion, provide a bunch of fabric markers so that each attendee can add their name to their shirt -- at a large reunion, there will be many unfamiliar faces.
  • One final idea: make creating the t-shirts part of the reunion day fun. Provide stacks of t-shirts and plenty of fabric paints and markers. Encourage family members to unleash their creativity and design their own special family reunion t-shirt!

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