Easy DIY: decorating baby & kid clothes with freezer paper stencils #How-To & DIY#babies#clothing#toddlers#tutorial April 5 | Guest post by Ashby Jellyfish stencil! This is a really fun, easy project that turns out surprisingly professional-looking. The freezer paper functions like an iron-on, so the stencil stays put and the paint can’t seep under the edges. An exacto-knife makes it simple to add lots of schmancy-looking details. Materials: Clothing Fabric paint Paintbrushes (thicker, wider ones work best) Iron Freezer paper (note: freezer paper is waxed on one side and matte on the other. Some grocery stores don’t carry it anymore, but it’s easy to find online. Don’t use wax paper, or it will melt to your iron.) X-ACTO knife Cutting surface (cardboard works well) Image to turn into a stencil Pencil Tape Instructions Start by making your stencil. Trace the image onto the non-shiny side of the freezer paper, and cut it out with the exacto-knife. I like to do this against a window. If there are any details (like eyes), save the cutout pieces, they will be ironed on as well. Iron a piece of freezer paper onto the back of the fabric — this keeps the paint from bleeding through. Carefully place your stencil on the fabric, shiny-side down, and iron it on. Iron any details on now, too. Make sure you have enough extra paper around the edges of your design to catch any stray paint. Dab and brush paint into the stencil. Make sure to get enough paint on the fabric, otherwise it will dry looking splotchy. Let the paint dry fully. Don’t cheat and pull your stencil off early! When it’s fully dry, peel off your stencil. Tada! You can now add in more details free-hand if you want. Wait 72 hours before washing your new snazzy clothing. Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Ashby I'm a frequently-barefoot teacher, wife, cookie baker, geranium planter and Mama living in coastal Maine, and currently rejoicing the fact that the daffodils are coming up. www.homecookedlife.blogspot.com PREVIOUS Rats: cuddly and sociable and not a bit creepy NEXT Make your bathroom smell less like poop Show/Hide comments [ 16 ] AWESOME!!! Thanks Ashby and OBM for a fantastic idea! I am totally trying this… 2 agree Reply I wonder if this technique could be applied to wallpaper-type material, as I am currently trying to find a way to get images I like from books or the internet up on the walls. I'm no artist, so freehand just isn't an option! Great idea to add to the baby shower onesie-making parties! Reply I know what you mean about not attempting to free-hand – I like to say that I'm "artistic in my soul but not my fingers." That's why I was psyched to find this project. Reply I would also recommend seeing if you can rent a projector from somewhere – projecting and then tracing straight onto the wall works wonderfully. Reply Off-topic…look at all those teeth on that adorable baby!! What a great smile! Reply Haha thanks, I'm fond of him! It seems like he gets a new tooth every week. Reply Ashby, I am organizing a Mama-craft night at my house so we can all make these for our kidlins… and so I have an excuse to buy like 20 different fabric paints and go CRAZY with this idea. 1 agrees Reply I'm doing the same thing! I have already made a few: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashbyandjesse/5524558618/ Beware, it's like an addiction. I'm currently working on a Leafy Sea Dragon shirt for myself! Reply Um, going to the store RIGHT NOW to do this project this afternoon. Dirty dishes? Puh-lease, I have Legend of Zelda & Cthulhu toddler shirts to make. Thanks for sharing! 3 agree Reply Incredible! I should be able to do this. My Mom was always the "exacto queen". BTW….the little fella is sooo cute. Love all those teeth! He is unique. 1 agrees Reply I used this same method on dark fabrics with 50/50 bleach water solution in a spray bottle. It turned out great. 2 agree Reply That's an awesome idea, I'll have to try it! I had some trouble with light-on-dark until I started using better quality fabric paint. I like the bleach idea a lot. Reply I would love to try this for a slipcover idea I have. Reply Love love love this idea, but freezer paper is really hard to come by here. However! I've found some tutorials (a la googling) of how to make a freezer paper substitute for the same stenciling fun, eg http://www.ehow.com/how_6455364_create-freezer-paper.html Haven't tried this yet, but will probably give this a go next weekend. Thanks for the great ideas! Reply Oooh, let us know how it goes! I had a hard time hunting down freezer paper, too. This could be a great solution! Reply Just reporting back… I used the diy freezer paper from the link I posted above, and used it with this stenciling tutorial – success! I posted about it here: http://little-big.tumblr.com/post/4737550330/crafternoons-baby-clothes-and-stenciling 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.