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Freezer Paper Stenciling – A Tutorial

by bosssanders on July 2, 2011 with 1 comment

(Actually, this post should probably be called:  Wax Paper Stenciling – because, that’s what happens ya know, when a girl assumes that it’s one in the same.)

With 4th of July fast approaching, I thought the girls were due some more patriotic-wear.  Of course, with daddy serving, we can’t get enough of our red-white-and-blue!  I needed something fast, easy, and cheap.  This project turned out FREE…which was even better!

Rora sporting stars…

Lalas shirt says:  My Daddy, My Hero

I’ve searched and searched for some great shirts for the girls (and me!), but after shipping it’d cost around $30 or more to outfit us all.  –And, we have more important things vying for our money these days.

I’m going to be honest, I am new to freezer paper stenciling.  Quite frankly, I even whipped out the wax paper because I thought it was one and the same.  Turns out, it’s not.  (Freezer paper has a waxy coating on one side and paper on the other.  Wax paper is wax on both sides.)  Is the difference important?  Pretty much.  Both can be bought at your local grocery store (or walmart) and both have wax, but for some reason, ironing down wax paper doesn’t get the same effect as when you do it with freezer paper (one sticks, the other…not so much).

Anyhow, without further ado, here is the tutorial… how I did it and then, how you might want to do it differently!

Freezer or Wax Paper Stencil Tutorial:

You will need:

Freezer paper (unless you are stubborn like me…then use wax paper)
An xacto knife.  If your pattern is huge, you can use scissors.
Tshirt or something else to stencil on (pillows, purses, curtains, walls, etc.  Get the idea?)
Paint – I used acrylic because it’s what I had.  But, Speedball paints have been given rave reviews.
Paint brushes/sponges


1.  First things first, you are going to want to either print out or free-hand your design.

2.  Put your freezer paper over it and trace it (wax side facing down as the wax side will be what will lay against your shirt/fabric).

3.  After you finish tracing, you’ll start cutting (xacto knife)

4.  Lay your new stencil onto your fabric, waxy side down.

5.  Heat up your iron and iron it down.  It may take 30 secs to a minute for it to stick, but keep the iron moving so it doesn’t scorch.  Test a small section to make sure it’s good and stuck.

6.  Now, the fun part!  Paint!  If you used wax paper (which I warned you that you might not want to!), you are now realizing that it doesn’t stick very well or consistently (which is weird because wax is wax and should stick, right?)  I held down my stencil carefully and would brush carefully to avoid paint going where it wasn’t supposed to.  Freezer paper equals cleaner lines, though.

7.  When you’re finished (and paint has dried), just peel the paper off and VOILA!

These are really only meant to be used once, but the beauty of wax paper not sticking is that you could possibly use it again…if you really wanted to.  (I re-used the stars for mine.)

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