Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Make It: Stenciled Heart Shirt Tutorial

Freezer Paper Stencil Heart Shirt

I used freezer paper to turn one of my daughter’s heart drawings into wearable art.  I’m a sucker for a child’s imperfections when it comes to arts and crafts.  You can easily turn any drawing or image into a stencil with freezer paper.  Here are the steps:

Freezer Paper Stencil Heart Shirt

1) Gather your supplies.  You’ll need:  Freezer Paper, exacto knife, paint, sponge brush, image you want to cut, and iron (not shown).  2) Place the freezer paper on top of your image shiny side down.  You may need to secure the edges with tape.  Using your exacto knife, carefully cut out the image.  Now you have a stencil of your image.   3)  Iron the freezer paper/stencil on your fabric shiny side down.  This adheres the stencil to your fabric.  Make sure you get a nice seal along all of the edges.  4)  Sponge on your paint.  5)  Allow to dry for 20-30 minutes and remove the freezer paper stencil.  The freezer paper pulls away from the image easiest if the paint is still slightly damp.  However, some paint coverage calls for two coats in which case you’ll want to pull the paper off very carefully.

Freezer Paper Stencil Heart Shirt

Ta-da!  You now have a 100% personalized heart shirt for Valentine’s day!

Happy Valentine crafting, DIY’ers!

~julee~

5 comments:

  1. great project! I agree, things that look like they were made by little hands are so adorable!

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  2. I've done this before and it's so much fun!

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  3. Now this is something I can really do... and it is effective enough. Great project.

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  4. That's a lovely shirt, I really like - as you put it - the "child’s imperfections" of the heart, makes it look really cool and quirky.

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  5. I love that you used your daughter's drawing. I want to do this. I love kids' art. So pure and natural. I have never heard of freezer paper, though. I don't know if we have it around here. I will have to check it out.

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