Monday, November 30, 2009

Our Foray Into Freezer Paper

By now, everyone knows that making stencils out of freezer paper is a great way to create fun and unique shirts, bags, table linens....the possibilities are endless. But, as is usually the case, we had never given it a try. Until today!

After choosing the images we wanted to stencil onto the shirts we had, we printed them off the computer and traced them onto our freezer paper. We were careful to do this on the non-shiny side!

Then, using a sharp X-acto, we cut out our stencil.

Next we placed it onto our shirt (shiny side down) we ironed over it to make it stick. When doing this, be sure to place the iron straight down and not move it back and forth as you would normally do when ironing your clothes. Then we were ready to apply the paint!

Depending on the type of fabric paint you use and what color material you are stenciling on you may want to put a layer of white down first to make the final color pop.

After we let our initial layer of white dry, we applied a coat of red (we found that we actually needed to apply two coats of the red to make sure of nice, even color).

Once the paint was completely dry, we carefully peeled off the stencil revealing our finished image!

The last thing you should do is set the image by ironing it while the shirt (or whatever else you are stenciling) is inside out. Then you are ready to try it on and show it off!
**silly boys!**

As many already know, this project is so fun and easy - not to mention versatile! You can give new life to all sorts of things. We already have our eye on a couple stained shirts, as this would be a great way to cover those stains and give the shirts a whole new look!
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  1. Thanks for the tutorial. I've seen this on flickr before and always wanted to try it for myself. I'll be doing that right after Christmas.

  2. thanks for the tute =) this has been on my to-do list for my son and you make it look so easy and simple. just got to buy some fabric paint now.

  3. Nice tutorial, I'd heard about doing that but had never seen a how too. Good to see which side you're supposed to use.

  4. Very nice, I love freezer-paper stenciling. My 5-yr would go nuts over this shirt.

  5. I have never used freezer paper, but have heard wonderful projects being made from it. Thank you for taking the time for a step by step tutorial. I will remember this! :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne