Thrifty Thursday: Freezer Paper Stenciling

This was a project I had wanted to try for quite some time, and to be honest, I am not sure why I waited so long! This is something that just about anyone (young and old alike) can do. Create your own design and transform an old (or new) plain shirt! Instead of jumping right in and stenciling a t-shirt though, I decided to stencil a bib for my 7 month old. Reason being that if this didn’t work out very well, I lose an inexpensive bib as opposed to a shirt. Sometimes it takes more than once (or twice!) for me to master a new craft.

What you will need:

  • item for stenciling – shirt, bib, etc.
  • freezer paper (plastic coated)
  • fabric paint
  • sponge brush
  • picture print out of what you want to stencil (I decided to just do my own little drawing)
  • X-Acto knife (totally thought I could get away with a box cutter knife  because I couldn’t find mine, but I strongly recommend you don’t do that because an X-Acto knife is smaller and much easier to maneuver around fine details. My stencil ended up with some fuzzy edges)
  • cutting mat

What to do:

  • Choose a design and either draw it or print it out and tape the design you want to trace onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper.
  • Use the X-Acto knife to cut out your design. (Remember, the empty space – what’s cut out from your freezer paper – will be painted). Once I started cutting, I decided against the tree branch).

  • Once your stencil is ready, you are going to pick your placement and then you are going to lightly iron it (still waxy side down) onto your bib, shirt, etc.

  • Use your sponge brush and dab the fabric paint all over your stencil

  • Once the paint is dry, peel off your stencil.
  • Follow the directions on your fabric paint bottle. Most will tell you to “heat-set” it with an iron before washing/wearing.
Tweet Tweet! The edges are a little fuzzy because I didn’t use the X-Acto knife. Lesson learned!

So now that I’ve accomplished my very first freezer paper stencil, I’m pretty much addicted and cannot wait to do more. I’m going to freezer paper stencil a shirt for each of my girls to give them for Christmas. Such a great addition to my list of homemade gifts!

For more handmade gift ideas check out last week’s post, Handmade Holidays.

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