I finally tried something!
One of the oldest techniques out there--freezer paper stenciling. Can you believe I've never done it?
IT IS SO FUN!! When I was at my sister-in-law's house recently she convinced me that I needed to try it so we waited until the kids were asleep and had a good ol' fashioned craft-in-your-sweats party. (Best night ever.)
I know most of you have tried this already. But if you haven't, YOU MUST! This is me telling you to go to your kitchen, grab your freezer paper and have fun. I was amazed by how professional the results are. Something I never was able to see before by the photos in the tutorials I'd seen.
Do you need some instructions? Here we go!
- You'll need to print out a design from your computer. I'm obsessed with all things nautical so I chose a simple anchor. My nephew got a cute little sailboat.
- Trace your design onto freezer paper (get it at the grocery store next to the foil and plastic wrap-make sure it's the kind with plastic coating on the back).
- Use a craft knife to cut out your design.
- The remaining paper will be your stencil. Center and iron on to your shirt.
- Use fabric paint to paint a single layer. (Slide a couple of sheets of paper inside your shirt to prevent excess paint seeping through.)
- Dry with a blow dryer and pain another layer, repeating until well covered.
- Peel off the paper and finish by placing a cloth over the (dry) design and ironing again.
Aren't those adorable?? (The shirts, too.)
I want to make infinity of these shirts. Can you imagine all the possibilities? What a unique gift you could make! And of course it doesn't just work on shirts, you could use this technique on just about anything! Even use it to design your own fabric. You can laugh at me for taking so long to try it(go ahead, it's ok!), but better late than never, right?
Now go try it yourself. And HAVE FUN!