How to Stencil a T-shirt With Freezer Paper

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Learn how to stencil your own designs onto a t-shirt (or any other garment for that matter) using freezer paper

(note: this is my first Instructable, please comment!)

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Step 1: Gather Materiels

Materials:

t-shirt
freezer paper
fabric paint
paint brush
x-acto knife
cutting board
iron

Step 2: Find a Design

Find a design on the web and print it out. Or better yet, make your own.

Step 3: Trace It

First, tape the design to the back (waxy side) of a sheet of freezer paper, so it wont slip.

Next, trace the design onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper. It helps to have a light box, but I'm cheap so I go without one.

Step 4: Cut It Out

After removing the original image from the back of the freezer paper, use an x-acto knife or razor blade to cut out the colored areas of the stencil.

Step 5: Iron It On

After you cut out the colored parts of the stencil, you'll need to iron the freezer paper onto the shirt.
When you apply heat to the paper it causes the wax to melt and stick to the shirt, giving you a perfect stencil.

(note: make sure the paper is waxy side down when you iron it on, or else it'll mess up your iron)

Step 6: Paint

When the wax has dried (about 30 seconds) you can begin to paint your shirt.
I prefer to use a larger round brush, but you can also use a rectangular brush.
It is better to put on 2 or 3 lighter coats than 1 heavy one.

Step 7: Tada!

Remove the stencil and let the shirt dry overnight.
Tada! You now have your very own custom stenciled t-shirt!

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    68 Discussions

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    DanielleE10

    3 years ago

    Can you reuse the stencil?

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    jbrew212

    3 years ago

    This was a great intructable. Thank you because this really helped me out.

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    Sxkyilu

    10 years ago on Step 3

    I just google the picture, since i have a Lcd Flatscreen monitor, I place paper on the monitor and trace the picture.

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    angelfire

    10 years ago on Step 5

    Don't confuse wax paper with freezer paper. Freezer paper only has wax on one side. Wax paper will not work correctly for this project.

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    TK409

    11 years ago on Step 7

    Great instructable! Does the wax paper work on a leather jacket?

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    flio191TK409

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    eh, applying an iron would ruin the leather though. its tough working with leather. no pun intended