Have you tried freezer paper stenciling? If you have, you know it’s pretty much life changing. If you haven’t, we’re about to show you and you’ll agree - it’s pretty much life changing. Steffany and I have used this technique quite a few times now with NO project fails yet! YES! Our most recent is this cute shirt we made for Steff to wear these last few weeks of pregnancy:
Adorable. The shirt is pretty cute too. 😉 We made it in just about and hour- not kidding. (See our Maternity skeleton t-shirt for Halloween HERE.)
Ready to try your own?!
Here’s what you need:
- T-shirt (we just picked up a couple $5-$10 plain t-shirts from Target and Gordmans.)
- Fabric Paint (HERE)
- Foam Stencil brush (HERE)
- Freezer paper (you can buy it in sheets HERE, super cool. Or by the roll HERE.)
- Piece of cardboard
- Cutting machine like the Silhouette, or an X-acto knife.
Step 1: Choose your design. Anything! The possibilities are endless! We designed the LOVE shirt in the Silhouette software. (The black shirt is a design available for purchase from Silhouette.)
Step 2: Cut your design. Freezer paper has a waxy/shiny side and a dull side. The waxy side is the side we will iron onto the t-shirt, so be sure to cut out your design accordingly.
Step 3: Iron the freezer paper to the t-shirt. Place the freezer paper, waxy side down, on the shirt. Use a hot, dry iron to adhere it making sure you really adhere the inside edges.
Step 4: Place the piece of cardboard inside the shirt so paint doesn’t seep through to the back of the shirt.
Step 5: Use a foam stencil brush and pounce the fabric paint onto the shirt. Use an up and down motion rather than a sweeping motion to avoid paint seeping under the stencil. Step 6: Let the paint dry according to the label, and apply a second coat if desired. Let dry again.
Step 7: Once the paint is dry, peel off the freezer paper stencil and realize your life has been changed forever. It works so well! We are so thrilled every time we peel it away and reveal a perfect design.
Let the fun begin! What will you make?! We hope you love this freezer paper technique as much as we do. 🙂
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