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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Freezer Paper Stencils


Sometimes it's hard to find a dinosaur shirt for girls. I know that might sound pretty crazy but it's true. It was a great day when I stumbled across Freezer Paper Stenciling. It's easy and quick and a great way to make personalized items.

To start, gather a roll of freezer paper, Tulip Soft Fabric Paint, an iron, a paintbrush, and a tshirt or other fabric surface to paint.

Step 1: Draw or print out the item that you would like to use as a stencil. You can print directly onto freezer paper if you cut it down to paper size and remember to print on the paper side. Do not print on the wax side or you will have a huge mess. Just trust me on this one.


Step 2: I decided to make Princess Girly Girl a kitty cat for her tshirt. This one was a little tricky because I wanted the lines be the painted areas. I'm used to cutting on lines like we learned in elementary school so I kept cutting straight through the white parts that I needed intact in order to get to the lines. I had to redraw this cat a few times before I was able to cut it out correctly. If this is your first project, just choose a large shape such as the dinosaur on Princess Goofy's shirt. That will be easier to cut out and get the hang of.
                                                    
Step 3: Iron the freezer paper directly onto the tshirt. It will stick to the shirt. Place a piece of cardboard or cardstock inside the tshirt to keep the paint from bleeding through once you start painting.

                              
Step 4: Now you're ready to start painting! Do three light coats of paint, letting each one dry for awhile in between.



On a random note, this was the cleanest project that I have ever completed in my life! Look at that paint! Not a drop of it got on the table or any other surface. I was so proud.


Step 5: Let the shirt dry overnight and then peel off the freezer paper. Toss in the dryer for a bit to heat set the paint and then wash and wear as normal. If you are one of those freaks that likes to iron everything, do not iron directly onto the paint. Turn the shirt inside out before ironing.

The girls loved their shirts and the dinosaur shirt was the perfect shirt for Princess Goofy to wear when we took her to the science museum to see the dinosaur fossils.


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1 Comments:

Blogger Mama Lusco said...

Thanks for stopping by my giveaway and sharing your tutorial. It looks great!

December 4, 2009 at 7:37 PM  

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