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Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

freezer paper stencil T-shirt

Father’s Day is just around the corner if you need to make a quick father’s day craft with the kids, this “We Love Daddy” with handprints stencil T-shirt would be a perfect gift for the daddy that he would want to wear it every day. It is a freezer paper stencil method, the stencil design can be done very fast if coupled with computer and printer.

You can either download the stencil pdf pattern I made or create your own, the font I used is “American Typewriter”. If you can’t find freezer paper locally, you can always substitute it with sticker paper, like the one I used on the skeleton Halloween costume I did for my son last year.

For those with only 1 kid, I have prepared another letter for you with an “I”, so you can make an ” I Love Daddy” freezer paper stencil T-shirt instead. As for the handprints, simply stamp both left and right hands on it. For those has more than 2 kids, adjust the handprints position so that every kid has his/her share to touch the daddy’s “heart”. You can always enlarge the heart shape when printing to cater for more hands. Cool!!!

father's day DIY

Last year, I sewed a boxer shorts for father’s day and he loves wearing it till now. This year the kids made him a great freezer paper stencil T-shirt, he sure is one of the luckiest daddies in the world to have 2 consecutive handmade from his loved ones in 2 years and more to come lol…

In fact, seeing him wearing them makes me so happy and want to make more for him!!! Next year, I have to get prepared earlier for 2 father’s day crafts, one for the kids and one for me to make.

stencil method with freezer paper

Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

Download the stencil design in a pdf document and print it with your inkjet printer.

1. White plain T-shirt (pre-wash)
2. Freezer paper, cut 2 sheets of letter-size (8 1/2″ x 11″).
3. Fabric paint or acrylic paint (permanent), black, red, blue and green

1. Printer (inkjet or bubble-jet, not laser printer)
2. Craft knife
3. Cutting mat
4. Iron
5. Soft paintbrush
6. Paint palette plate or some swallow containers
7. Cardboard as backing to prevent paint from penetrating to the back of the T-shirt

stencil materials & tools

Pre-wash and dry the T-shirt if it is new to remove any sizing added by the manufacturer.
Gather all the tools & materials to get ready for this quick craft.
I used permanent acrylic paint which is good for fabric painting. The texture is a little stiff compared to normal fabric paint but it is fine for this project because the coverage is not a lot and won’t irritate the wearer if he is particular on comfort clothing like my hubby.
Otherwise, you may add textile medium to the acrylic paint to provide softer texture if it is available at your local store [Read instruction on the bottle on how to use it].

print stencil design on freezer paper

Download the stencil design in a pdf document and print it with your inkjet printer.
Feed the letter size freezer paper into your printer and print the artwork/pattern on the paper side of the freezer paper.
{the pdf download will either open in a new tab or open a small window asking you to save it as a file. If you can’t find the saved file in your computer, the default folder usually is in “/downloads”}
{If you can’t download the pdf pattern, probably you don’t have acrobat reader, download the latest version for free, here.}

cut letter on freezer paper

Slowly cut the letters out with craft knife (place a cutting mat at the bottom to protect your table). If your kids are too young to handle the knife, help them with it. I did it for my kids, for their safety and also for the beauty of the work ;).

iron stencil design on t-shirt

Place the cut freezer paper on the T-shirt with shining side down and position them as you like. Trim off excessive freezer paper so that it won’t block the letters when overlapped. Maximize the coverage area on the T-shirt to protect them from being soil by paint when the kids work on it.
Set your iron to medium heat setting. Press the hot iron starting from one corner, then glide it slowly and firmly across the freezer paper. The freezer paper will bond on the T-shirt. Continue gliding the iron on the entire freezer paper. Pay attention to the edge of the stencil letters and the heart pattern, make sure they are bond to the T-shirt without leaving any gap to prevent paint bleeding.

insert card board backing

Insert cardboard inside the T-shirt and fold the sides and sleeves under it. The cardboard acts as a barrier to prevent excessive paint from penetrating to the back of the T-shirt. It also helps to smooth out the T-shirt to make stenciling easier.

stencil letters with paint

Squeeze some black acrylic paint on a paint palette or a swallow container. You don’t need a lot of acrylic paint for stenciling, so squeeze a little at a time if you don’t have enough to prevent wastage.
Dab the paint with a flat tip brush on the letters.

kid craft stencil

I let my daughter do the “daddy” word after I demonstrated to her on the “We” word. Check the stencil to make sure that the paint has fully covered the letters, touch up if necessary.
After finish, all the letters with black color, repeat the same to the heart with red acrylic.
Wash the brush and hand while the paint is still wet.

remove freezer paper stencil

Wait till the paint is about to dry, stretch the T-shirt at the corner a little to free the freezer paper from bonding and slowly peel it off entirely.

stenciling letter

A closer look at the stencil work before peeling off of the freezer paper.

stenciled alphabet

It gives a very clean and crisp outline on the stencil. Another thing I love about freezer paper stencil (apart from it convenient and easy to use), the wax on the backing really helps to prevent paint from penetrating through from the paper side. No staining or bleeding happened even my daughter painted them quite wet.

we i love daddy stencil

The “We Love Daddy” stencil T-shirt before the hand printing.

kid's hand print

Brush and cover the whole palm with blue acrylic. Press the palm onto the T-shirt immediately. Acrylic paint dries quite fast, so wash the hand with soap after the print.

son's hand print

Repeat again with a left hand on the left side with another color.
Always, print with the darkest color first, and lightest color last.

stencil heart with hand print

Set it aside to dry for overnight. Laid a clean cloth on the stencil work and press with a warm iron. Wash it before wear.

Easy Freezer Paper Stencil Craft

The kids woke up the next day, the first thing they want to see is this freezer paper stencil T-shirt… their first “big project” for their darling daddy. See, they don’t even want to brush their teeth and change their pajamas before taking this photo, so embarrassing!!! The kids are so happy with their freezer paper stencil work and cannot wait to see his daddy wearing it.


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