Donut Apron DIY

Love this! Donut apron DIY (click through for tutorial) Do-nut miss this opportunity to make (quite possibly) the cutest apron of all time! OK, I’ll try and keep the donut puns to a minimum for the rest of this post, but I make no promises…With all the cooking we do here at ABM, I thought it would be a good idea to have my very own apron to wear whenever I get in on the cooking action. I’m not nearly at Emma’s culinary level yet, but I thought maybe wearing an apron would make me feel more official as I continue to learn. You know, something classy that says, “Let’s have fun in the kitchen!” but also, “I’m taking this very seriously!” and a bit of, “Oh man, I hope you like this, please eat around that one burnt end…” It seemed obvious to me that a donut apron would say all of the above. So working with our awesome supporters at Canon USA, that’s the direction I chose to go.

Love this! Donut apron DIY (click through for tutorial)

-plain white apron
-iron-on transfer paper (for light colored fabric)
donut photo download
(right click to save)

Canon PIXMA MG7520 Photo Printer

First you’ll want to print your donuts onto your transfer paper. We printed ours with the PIXMA MG7520 because we are just using multiple sheets of 8.5″ x 11″, and this little guy is super simple to use and gives us great results on iron-on paper.

Love this! Donut apron DIY (click through for tutorial) Cut around the outside and inside edge of each of your donuts. Place your donuts on top of your apron to see what placement you like the best. I planned for a few of my donuts to go over the edge and trimmed them so they would fit right up against the hem, but you can keep all of yours within the apron if you like. 

Love this! Donut apron DIY (click through for tutorial) Flip over each donut so the printed side is facing the apron, and follow the instructions on your iron-on paper to adhere the donut. Most iron-ons require an iron that has the steam turned off, so make sure you change that setting before you iron.

Love this! Donut apron DIY (click through for tutorial) Once all the donuts are ironed on, allow the paper to completely cool before slowly peeling off the backing. 

Love this! Donut apron DIY (click through for tutorial) Once all the backings are removed, your apron should be ready to wear!

Love this! Donut apron DIY (click through for tutorial) Love this! Donut apron DIY (click through for tutorial)
Love this! Donut apron DIY (click through for tutorial) If you ask me, I think I look pretty professional in my new apron. Talk about a “sweet’ idea! Oh, come on, don’t let your eyes “glaze” over! I could have “filled” this post with puns, but I kept my word and only “sprinkled” them throughout the end. You’re laughing at me?! Man, the attitude towards puns is getting “cruller” and “cruller” these days, but I love them anyway! 😉 xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. 


  • Donut + Apron + Boots? Killer! I love it all!

    P.S. Kudos to Laura Gummerman and Janae Hardy for the photos. They are gorgeously beautiful

  • I’m curious if you can post of photo of your apron after you’ve put it through the wash. Are the colors as vibrant? Thanks in advance!

  • I attempted to do this without an inkjet printer of my own, thinking I could just go get it printed somewhere. Wrong! I called four different places with no luck and was told inkjets are really outdated technology and I’d be hard-pressed to find anyone to print on transfer paper for me. Just an FYI, before you embark on the same adventure I did!

  • cute! my friend owns a donut shop, i can’t wait to show this to her!

  • You’re so right – this is literally the cutest apron of all time! I LOVE it!

  • Too funny! Love this whimsical apron. Thanks for sharing.

  • So so cute! This would be a fantastic DIY gift – could even monogram it 🙂

    Warm Regards,

  • It should be able to be washed, just follow the iron on transfer instructions for washing 🙂


  • I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can also look in crafting or cooking stores for one 🙂


  • I love this it is so cute. Just pinned and cant wait to pick up transfer paper and a apron. Thanks for the printable also.

  • This is definitely one of the cutest DIYs I’ve seen on this blog. I’ve never worked with transfer paper, but it seems really easy. I might have to invest in some.

    Coincidentally, I got this donut apron for Christmas and love it, but I like all the white space on yours.

  • As soon as we move into our new home, I will be making one of these. Except mine will be a pizza apron. Gluten-free, of course! ;-))) (I wouldn’t want to upset my stomach by wearing it!)


  • Hahaha, love the puns at the end, they’re perfect! The donut apron is a very sweet idea indeed!

    Rona from threepinkcats

  • This is so cute!! Definitely want to try this out sometime soon 🙂

  • Nice idea, we love deco aprons, we made one with patchwork.
    Happy 2015!!!

  • This is incredible! I love donuts, this apron looks awesome!

  • You look so cute with that apron! I’m going to try one too!

  • Oh my goodness! This would be perfect for doughnut lovers like myself!

  • I was hoping that you were not going to provide the download so that I would have an excuse to purchase a variety of donuts to photograph.

  • Wonderful idea, and a perfect gift for my friend’s upcoming birthday!! 😉
    I think I will use fruits and vegetables to make her’s…

  • I want it!! I also want to pull each donut off that apron and eat it.. oh wait..
    also, a macaron apron would be all kinds of adorable! 🙂

  • That is super cute! I want to do this! I need a great printer first.


  • Such a great idea! Way to make sure you look fabulous when making a mess from now on! And it is such a good thing I’m reading this at a time at night when it is too late for me to make a donut run…

  • I love this idea. We recently got our first every Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in little ole Perth Western Australia, so doughnuts are on my mind at the moment. Gonna have to try this.

  • Ah, this could not have come at a better time – I’ve been looking for the right fabric for an apron! You guys are always so clever!

  • this is sooo cute! oh my goodness I need to try this!! <3

  • I saw a fantastic doughnut (sorry, I’m British so I have to spell it our way haha) themed parody for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’. It’s titled ‘Uptown Dunk’ – they probably could have used some help from you Laura when coming up with their puns, but it’s a funny watch anyway! Here:


  • Oh my gosh I love this so much !!! That transfer paper is amazing you could make so so many things with it! Such nice photograohs too- I love the yellow kitchen !

  • I always love your posts Laura – they never fail to make me laugh! You have a great sense of humour.

    This is such a great project – adorable and easy! That’s the best combo in my books.

    xx Kathryn

  • Loved!
    Now Im thinking about what else i can use to make mine. Maybe cherries 🙂


  • I love all of your DIYs.This one is so amazing =)

  • Absolutely LOVE this apron…this is too cute..


  • This is so adorable!!! I’m a donut fan and this is fab!

  • This is freaking awesome! I love it, because this looks like and easy-to-do project while the result is spectacular and lovely!

  • Hahaha you had me laughing so hard I almost peed in my “long john’s.” Eeek okay you took all the good ones! Cute apron 😉

  • Ahhh I absolutely LOVE it 🙂 I’m going to buy some of that iron-on transfer paper real soon! X

  • Hi Juliane! We used Avery brand light fabric transfer paper. 🙂 -Jacki

  • So cute! Thanks for the free download…. I want to put donuts on everything now!

  • hahaha, i laughed almost all the way through this post because of the puns! i love this cute idea, plus the fact that it was paired with a very honest, and personal writing tone. I always love seeing the imperfections of everyone else, as you mention eating around the burnt edges, it helps me feel I’m not alone!

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