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.
- Fabric paint
- Paintbrushes (thicker, wider ones work best)
- 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
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.