Make Your Own Freezer Paper.





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.

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.

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
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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71 Discussions


1 year ago

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


1 year ago

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.

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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.

I wanted some freezer paper for making quilting templates. We just fuse the paper onto fabric and cut around it, stitch the pieces together and then peel them off after they're used. Will this method work there too? Will be trying it for sure!

I would like to know if this technique can be used to print after I have fused the plastic to the paper? And how long would it last? I was thinking of fusing it to a piece of fabric to print on the fabric....that is if you have heard about inklingo?

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Hello hmohd salleh,

alas, I have not heard of inklingo. The technique I have presented here serves the purpose of creating a stencil, so that printing is possible, if you apply (acrylic or fabric) paint on the shirt+stencil. You will need inkjet transfer paper (in case you have an inkjet and not a laser printer) if you want to iron a print directly onto the shirt. It is available in stores and over the internet. Good luck with your printing projects + greetings,


Hi, I tried the printer paper and the grocery plastic bag since i cant find any airmail paper in my area. it does stick well at first, but whenever i try to lift the product from the ironing table, the plastic and the paper starts to detach again. what do i do?

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Hi psycho_peanut,

can you get your hand on garbage bags? That's the type of plastic you will need in order to get it fused with printer paper... The garbage bags I mean are ususally black or blue and thicker than standard grocery bags.

Good luck!

so you just take a piece of printer paper and print your design onto it then lay it on the corner of a garbage bag, iron it on until bonded together and then cut off the excess plastic, then cut out the design with a knife. Then you put plastic side down onto your fabric and iron it on thoroughly then peel it off?

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Hello nchambers2,
yes, you summed it up correctly. except, in between the last two steps, you forgot to mention the act of painting your ornament/picture onto the shirt. i'm sure you're well aware of it though. greetings!

hello! i'm new here and i really find this artcle very helpful since i don't see any freezer paper here in the Philippines. i was just wondering, would a plastic wrap go well just like the plastic bag? :)

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Hi lcamat,

I tried it with plastic wrap. Let me tell you that it was a messy business and that it didn't work out at all. So, stick to the plastic bags. It always depends though, there are all kinds of plastic bags out there in the world. You will have to find out, which paper will fuse with what kind of plastic sheet the best.

Best regards,

Do you have to cut the desighn into the freezer paper or just add the paint to it then iron?

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this method requires you to
1. cut the design into the freezer paper,
2. iron it onto the shirt and
3. apply paint directly on shirt.

Is the design you want suppose to be face up or down when placing over the plastic bag?