Thursday, December 6, 2012

Arts & Crafts Thursday: Freezer Paper Stencilling

Easiest way to make custom tshirts, ever.  While you are gearing up for the holidays, think about taking an hour or so to make some custom tees.  It will be cheap and, honestly, quick.

This craft is certainly for the adult crowd to do, but it can also be done by older kids with some assistance.  In fact, I saw a link over at I Am Momma, Hear Me Roar where she hosted a freezer paper stencilling party for some older kids.  Great idea!  Here is how this easy craft work.

  • tshirt (I got mine for 99 cents at JoAnn's)
  • Freezer Paper (it's in your grocery store near the aluminum foil)
  • fabric paint (you can get this at any craft store in a variety of colors)
  • iron
  • clip art or other design
  • scissors/craft knife
  • paint brush of any size
  • scrap paper
  • lightweight scrap cloth

Take your Freezer Paper and trace or otherwise draw your design on to your freezer paper.  Note that you are going to put the shiny side of the Freezer Paper DOWN, so plan accordingly.  If you have a printer that can hack it you can print your design right on to your paper.  I downloaded a clipart dolphin (since this is a for a very special little niece who kind of has a thing for dolphins) and traced it on to my Freezer Paper.

Cut out your shape.  You are making a stencil so you want to remove the part you want to show up on your thsirt.  In otherwords, I cut the dolphin out and ended up with a piece of Freezer Paper with a dolphin cut out of it.  Just wanted to make sure that was clear...

Place the stencil on to your thsirt where desired with the shiny side down.  Using an iron with a medium setting - not too hot but not just warm - iron the Freezer Paper firmly but quickly to the tshirt.  It will stick pretty easily.

I recommend placing your scrap paper inside your tshirt behind where you are about to paint since it can bleed through.  Then use your fabric paint and paint your tshirt inside the stencil.  Go ahead and be liberal.

Allow the paint to dry and then gently pull the Freezer Paper away.  It will come off with no residue left behind.

Place a light cloth over the painted area and gently put firmly press the design for about 30 seconds to ensure that it sets.

That's it!  So easy!

I was amazed that I hadn't tried this craft earlier.  It look so great and took very little time...once I figured out what design I wanted.

Depending on your child there are many ways to engage them in the process.  They can design, they can paint, but I would just be careful with the iron and the craft knife.

So have fun with this, get going on some custom gifts, and let me know what you make!


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