Make Your Own Freezer Paper.

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Introduction: Make Your Own Freezer Paper.

Freezer paper is good for wrapping your freezing goods, but it is even better for making stenciled clothing!
A big company named Alcoa makes "Reynolds Freezer Paper" and because I hate big companies, I'm gonna show you today how to make your own freezer paper. We shall call it "Makepiesnotsense Sticky Paper".

Step 1: Materials & Tools.

Materials:
1) sheet of airmail paper
2) thin plastic bag

*Alternatively use
1) sheet of standard white paper
2) standard black garbage bag
See Majjuss Sticky Paper or skip to Step 6.

Tools:
3) iron
4) scissors

Tools you'll need if you use the paper as stencil:
5) cutter knife
6) pencil

So, children, if you try this at home, just remember:
If you want your result to be radiant,
be gentle, be careful and patient.

Step 2: Design & Caption.

Now if you want to use the result as stencil for textile printing, you should draw your design on the paper first. You can find some stencils at http://stencilpunks.mattrunningnaked.com/
Of course you can print it with an actual computer printer if you haven't run out of ink like me. But be sure to lightly tape it onto some thicker paper, since printers have an aversion to thin airmail paper. You can choose an image with islands, it's no longer a problem with Makepiesnotsense Sticky Paper!

Here's a tip: Even without printer you can use your word processing software to generate a caption for your image. Write whatever you wanna write and just copy it.

Step 3: Paper & Plastic.

Cut the plastic bag open and into a rectangular shape. Now you can adjust the big rectangular piece to the size of your sheet. Make sure you've got approximately 3,5 centimetres (1 1/3 inch) of plastic overlapping each of the four sides of the paper.

Step 4: Ironing.

Now that you've got the right sizes of both plastic and paper, you can turn on your iron. The right iron heat should be a tad little bit less than the maximum. Put the paper over the plastic sheet and let them fuse. The iron shouldn't come into direct contact with the plastic. If you need to iron the borders, cover the plastic with some other paper. You can use baking paper if you don't want them to stick.

When you iron the paper onto the plastic, the plastic will shrink and then burn onto the paper and then shrink again. This means your paper will get a bit crumpled, but the good thing is it will get all even again if you iron it onto the piece of clothing.

Step 5: Cutting.

Use your scissors to free the paper from overlapping plastic. Now use your cutter knife to cut out those parts of the drawing that are supposed to come out coloured. And tada! You can iron your Makepiesnotsense Sticky Paper stencil onto any piece of clothing.

I use acrylic paint for my prints and let them dry over night before removing the stencil.

Step 6: Majjuss Sticky Paper

Instructables member and fellow DIYer majjuss experimented with a lot of paper-plastic combinations and found that you can make great sticky paper for stencilry with black trashbags + standard white printer paper. The paper doesn't curl up quite as much as with my method and you have the advantage of printing your image directly onto the paper.

The previous steps apply to both methods.

After you've fused paper and plastic with the iron and cut off excess plastic, check your garbage bag side. Small holes (diameter <= 1 millimeter) will not noticeably affect the outcome of your print. If you see any bigger holes, you can cut out another piece of plastic, lay it over the holes and iron on again. Then you go about it the same way as with the other material: cut out the stencil with an x-acto knife and iron it onto your fabric. For more information, read comments or feel free to ask.

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great, however fusing plastic produces toxics that may harm our health. We shoulddo it in ventilated room and wear masks, ideally outside .

I had quite a good experimentation with this, using printing paper and envelope paper(is that airmail paper? I don't know, we don't have quite a good translation of that in hebrew, my native language) with white trashbags I took from work, and had quite the same quality of results... Although all my stencils were not reusable unlike acetate made once that I easily peel off the fabric, not sure if it is the designs which are quite detailed and docile/sensitive or the paper itself. still quite a good method for DIY designs and for a "perfectionist" like me who really cares about the bleeding and the fineness of the result :)

Is that One Piece? Haha looks awesome :)

Does it mean tat u use thin plastic for airmail paper and use thick plastic for standard white paper?

Hi, but when you iron plastic onto paper first, do you place anything underneath the plastic? Won't it stick to paper and to surface under?

1000' of freezer paper costs ~$20.00 (USD) and can be bought at any grocery store. A small rolls goes for ~$5.00 (USD). Making freezer paper is simply not cost effective like this.

Even though it is not effective, I like to know how to make it.

And while it is hard to believe, freezer paper are not sold in our stores so we have to go international and online to get some..

does this work with white trash bags as well or do they need to be black? I only have white ones.

You had me on "I hate big companies" but great tute, will help w/ stencils here in Oz as it's hard to find freezer paper in Australia. Kudos.