Easy Earth Day T-shirt Tutorial for the Hippie at Heart

Easy Earth Day T-shirt Tutorial for the Hippie at Heart

Do you know a hippie-at-heart destined to raise a little tree hugger? Then this ‘Don’t Be Trashy’ Earth Day t-shirt tutorial will make the perfect gift!

I make no secret about making and giving custom t-shirts to all my friends, especially if they have kids I can spoil. So I just couldn’t help myself when I saw a shirt that inspired this one. I immediately thought of a friend of mine who is as granola as them come. Her little girl HAD to have this shirt.

Not Just for Earth Day!

With Earth Day right around the corner, this “Don’t be Trashy” Earth Day t-shirt tutorial would be a great way to celebrate the holiday. BUT this tutorial makes a unique baby shower, birthday or “just because” gift as well!

Pair this shirt with my favorite nature books and toys, add my “Earth Day Every Day” gift tag and give a totally custom nature-themed gift for any occasion!

Earth Day gift for kids, including shirt, book and gift tag

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And This Earth Day T-shirt Tutorial Isn’t just for kids!

This is one of those projects you’ll want to make for yourself! I really had to refrain from making an adult size t-shirt to match. I’m not sure how long I can hold off though. I may be running to my craft room to fire-up my Cricut as soon as I publish this post…

Are you excited to make one too? Great! Then let’s get to it … here’s how I made this “Don’t Be Trashy” Earth Day onesie:

green onesie with the words "don't be trashy" and a recycle symbol

Step 1: Gather your supplies

Step 2: Download font & upload it to your Cricut Design Space

I used a font called “My_Handwriting” for this project, which is not a standard font in Cricut Design Space. You can get it for free from dafont.com and upload it to Design Space.

*Always double-check the licensing for the fonts you download. I am using this font for personal use and will not be selling these onesies for profit. However, there are plenty of completely free fonts on dafont.com.

Download directions:

  • Go to Dafont.com and search for the font name or click on the link above. Next, click on the gray “download” button to the right of the fonts.
  • Once the zip file has downloaded to your computer, open the files and double-click on the TrueType font file to open it.
  • Then hit the “install” button at the top of the document.
  • Once the install is complete, open Cricut Design Space and select your new font from the font drop-down menu. (If you are already working in Design Space, you’ll want to refresh it or log out and back in so you can see the new font selection).

Step 3: Download the Recycle Sign image & upload it to Cricut Design Space

I found a great little Recycle Sign svg image at onlinewebfonts.com to use for this project. You’ll want to:

  • Download the image to your device
  • Open Cricut Design Space and in a New Project, click on the “Upload” button on the left sidebar.
  • Click on the “Upload Image” button and then the “Browse” button to navigate to where you’ve saved your image.
  • Double click on the file
  • Add an image name and tags and click “Save.”
  • Now your image will be saved to Recently Uploaded Images under the Upload tab.
  • Click on your image and hit the “Insert Images” button, which will take you back to your canvas for further manipulation.

Step 4: Adjust the sizing of the graphic and add your text

Once you have both the graphic and text uploaded to Design Space, play around with the sizing until you are satisfied with the overall look.

I wanted the text to curve round the recycle sign, so I used a combination of the Rotate button/arrow and the Curve button (see below). 

Once I was happy with the overall layout, I “Attached” the text to the recycle symbol so my Cricut Explore Air2 would cut the entire decal out of one piece of white vinyl. I did this by rubber band selecting all of the text and the graphic and hitting the “Attach” button on the Layers tab.

The dimensions I used for an 18-month onesie were roughly 5.5″ wide x 5.5″ tall. 

Make this "Don't Be Trashy" Earth Day shirt for your little hippie using the tutorial at www.nataliemenke.com

Step 5: Cut & weed your vinyl

Make sure your Cricut is set to “Heat Transfer” and each image has “mirror” selected.

Once the decal is cut, remove it from your cutting mat and weed the excess vinyl leaving only the mirrored vinyl on the plastic vinyl sheet.

Step 6: Iron/transfer the decal

Place a thick towel or your Cricut EasyPress Mat on you work surface and preheat your iron or Cricut EasyPress to 315 degrees. Transfer away! Remove the plastic backing and there you have it – the cutest Earth Day shirt ever! Yep, I’m definitely making one for myself next. Don’t judge a good mother-daughter matching moment!

Earth Day gift for kids, including shirt, book and gift tag

If you decide to make this shirt too, I’d love to see your version! Tag me on Instagram or leave a comment below with a photo! And while you are at it, check out my other Earth Day shirts.

Earth Day shirts


More later! The craft room is calling, and I must go…


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Natalie Menke, the self-proclaimed Gift Guru, is always thinking about the next gift she is going to give. Her hope is to provide boundless inspiration for completely customized and personalized gifts. Happy gifting!
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