How to Use Freezer Paper as a Stencil

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Crafts

Freezer Paper Stencil I have recently discovered the joys of using freezer paper as a stencil for fabric.  Now that I have my Sizzix Eclips cutting machine, stenciling is a breeze!

My husband oversees a youth group, and they had planned a group date night to make homemade pizzas.  They thought it would be fun to have matching aprons with the night’s theme printed on.  I pulled out my freezer paper, cutter, and paint, and I had these knocked out in no time!

Step 1: Cut your design out of the freezer paper.  You can use an electronic cutter or simply cut it by hand with scissors or a razor blade.  Be sure to trace your design on the non-shiny side of the freezer paper.  Plug in your iron and turn it to a warm, non-steam setting.
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Step 2: Place your stencil, shiny side down, onto your fabric.  Carefully run your iron over the stencil.  I find it helpful to hold it down for a few seconds in each place rather than to iron back and forth – this way your stencil doesn’t move around as you’re getting it tacked down.  As you iron over the stencil, the freezer paper should adhere to the fabric.How to Stencil with Freezer Paper 2

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Step 3: Using a stippling brush or foam brush, lightly dab paint onto your stencil.  Allow the paint to dry then gently pull your stencil off the fabric.How to Stencil with Freezer Paper 4

Viola!  You’re done!  I love how ironing down the stencil returns a sharp design with clean lines and no bleeding of paint!  I have used this method many times, like on St. Patrick’s Day morning when my daughter didn’t have a single green thing to wear, and we stenciled a green shamrock onto a plain white shirt.  It took us 10 minutes, and she was ready to go.  Here’s to the many uses of freezer paper!Freezer Paper Stenciling

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