Monday, April 4, 2011

Freezer Paper Stenciling {Tutorial}

I have two new crushes...
{Freezer paper}
{Tulip Fabric Paint}

These two products combined make the most PERFECT gifts!
(but you'll want to keep them, because they are cuuuttee!)
They are totally one-of-a-kind and absolutely personal.

Like this onesie I made for some friends that LOVE motorcycles!

Once you see how easy this is ...
you'll be hooked too! 
{I'm warning you}

 I use a Silhouette to cut my freezer paper.  
*If you do not have a Silhouette - well, start saving your pennies! Just kidding. :) 
You can still do this project! Check out this tutorial here.

1. Decide on the shape/letters you want. I download mine from the Silhouette Store for 99 cents. Remember that you will be using the "negative" part of the image - so I would stick with something not too detailed!

 2. Now cut out a piece of freezer paper. You can find this stuff in the same section that they sell aluminum foil at most grocery stores. I paid $5.00 for a huge roll.

3. Let your Silhouette do all the cutting!

4. Iron the freezer paper on to whatever you are painting. Freezer paper has two sides - one is shiny and one is matte. You want to iron the shiny side down. Keep this in mind when cutting our your image. (You may need to "mirror" it)

5. Now start painting!!! Make sure you place something in between the items that you are painting because it will bleed through. (I use cardboard from a cereal box) I always use Tulip Soft Fabric Paint but there are others out there. I find it at JoAnn's for about $1.89 a bottle and it seems to last awhile. :) I started using sponge brushes but have now switched to those white make-up sponges and like that much better! You will need to do several coats - and wait for them to dry in between.

6. Slowly & carefully lift the freezer paper away. If you have small parts - tweezers work great. They say wait until it's dry - but I never do. I'm impatient and want to see the results. :) 

In this example, I also used Tulip's fashion glitter (which is also washable),
but I'll do a tutorial on that another day! :) It's fun!

7. I don't have a picture of this step - but it's important. You need to heat set your paint. This will make it last longer. Make sure that your paint is DRY. Once again, I'm impatient - and I've ruined many a shirts! :) Take a thin piece of fabric and place it over your design. Then set the iron on it. I normally leave it there for about 1 minute or so. Do not roll the iron around - pick it up and move it to the next spot.

That's it!
Enjoy your super cute, personalized item!

and now you'll want to freezer paper stencil everything you own! 
like maybe even your underwear....
don't say I didn't warn you! :)



  1. What a great idea!!! I LOVE what you did with that plain tote bag!!!

  2. How awesome is that!

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    Michelle @ Things Sent My Way

  3. This is so cute! What a great idea and its probably cheaper than me running out to the store for a shirt my DD is into this week.

    Stopped by from the blog hop.

  4. I've heard of freezer paper stencils before, but never knew what it meant!!! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm following you now on GFC.

  5. Thanks for the Demo! I will definitely be using this!

    Marcy @ Life's Gristle
    Enter my giveaway for a free custom bracelet while you're there!

  6. So exciting! I've been wanting to try for awhile! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Love this idea. Thanks so much for the great tips. Can't wait to try it.

  8. Adorable projects! That tote bag will be perfect for summer! :) Nice work!


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