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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Freezer Paper Stenciling




This project has been on my list of things to do since I first learned of this kind of stenciling months ago. And let me say, now that I have met this beautiful thing called freezer paper, I can tell this is going to be the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship.

With this method, you can turn almost anything into a stencil. Here's how it's done:

Start by choosing your pattern and printing it out. It's better to choose images with thicker lines and simpler shapes rather than thin and complex. You'll understand why when you do the next step.

Take your printout and tape it to the top of the NON-shiny side of a piece of freezer paper. (This is found near the aluminum foil at the grocery store or you can buy a large roll online here.) I chose a bird on a branch this time. Lay your pattern and paper over a cutting mat or thick cardboard.


Next, take an exacto knife and cut out the design, making sure to cut all the way thru the freezer paper. When you're done with this, you'll have your freezer paper stencil. Now use a hot, dry iron to iron the freezer paper to your chosen fabric. Make sure you iron shiny side down.



Now you're ready to paint! Use your favorite color of craft paint and simply paint in the stencil.







Once it's dry, peel it off carefully and admire the results!



I made my design into a pillow and even embellished it with some fabric leaves that I appliqued into place.



This was so easy! Can't wait to do it again soon.



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55 comments:

  1. oh julie, my heart just skipped a beat! LOVE the pillow. i am utterly impressed!

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  2. How tweet :)

    The stencil is cute but those leaves are incredible, really the entire design is gorgeous.

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  3. Beautiful! I love it. I think birds are one of my favorite things right now.

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  4. Julie, I love this pillow!!!I have been looking for pillows with a bird on it just like that bird! I have been doing my livingroom with some of the birds like that. I would love to try and make me some like that! You did a wonderful job!!! I enjoy reading all of your neat stuff. You are so creative. I enjoy re-doing old furniture and things also. Michael and I love going to yard sales,auctions,thrift stores, and etc. It's amazing what you can find! Keep sharing all of your great ideas. Love it!!!!

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial! What a great way to create a one of a kind stencil. Love the way you added the fabric leaves...it just makes the pillow!

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  6. That turned out great, Julie! Love the appliqued leaves, too. They really finish the design off nicely.

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  7. Beautiful! Freezer paper stenciling has been on my to-do list for months!

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  8. This looks great. Makes me want to go and do it too. Thank you

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  9. That looks amazing! I love the colors on the pillow too! You did a wonderful job!!!

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  10. Thanks for that tip. I've off to buy freezer paper right now! Very cute pillow.

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  11. Any tips on where to find designs to use for the stencils? I love the pillow!

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  12. This came out great and the fabric leaves totally kick it up a notch. I really really have to try this method of printing, it intrigues me!

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  13. i love freezer paper stencils. this combo with the applique leaves is just lovely.

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  14. That turned out so awesome!! I have had freezer paper stenciling on my to-do list for quite awhile, too. Just found the freezer paper the other day! I love how you added the leaves!!!

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  15. Love the leaves!!! I LOVE all that you can do with freezer paper!

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  16. I really like the addition of the appliqued leaves!!

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  17. That is so cute! Good Job! I will try that it does look easy?

    Carol

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  18. That is so pretty! Great idea...I may have to try that out!

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  19. Love it! I've been wanting to try this as well... I may have to move it up on my list!

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  20. What a great pillow! I love how it turned out. Really cute. :) And I love all the different fabrics you did for the leaves.

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  21. Wow! That came out great! Nice job!

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  22. Wow, that is so simple, and so easy! Well done! Love the little fabric leaves, with just the right amount of color. :-)

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  24. AWESOME post! And just in time because I happen to have some unsuspecting plain fabrics lying around doing nothing in their laziness. Lazy no more- they are about to become EMBELLISHED by STENCIL!! Thank you!

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  25. That's adorable! Do you have any fave websites to get great stencils?

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  26. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I was planning to try to come up with a pillow similar to this this weekend and you just made my job so much easier! I have a tote that they gave away at Old Navy with darling birch tree and bird silhouettes that I can't wait to use to try this. Love your blog!

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  27. Cute image and great ideas. I'm about to make some no-sew pillows and this is a fabulous way to give the canvas I bought some oomph!

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  28. What a great pillow... who knew freezer paper was so useful! Thanks for sharing this technique.

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  29. Saw this on Somewhat Simple. I {LOVE} this! I'm trying it this week! Thanks.

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  30. Oh! Love it! I did freezer paper stencil t-shirts for some Christmas gifts and I LOVED them. It is SO easy and such a satisfying result in the end. This looks great and I just love the appliqued leaves - they're perfect!

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  31. Wow! I love that! You make it *look* so simple, I may have to give it a try sometime! Thanks for stopping by http://adashofparsley.blogspot.com

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  32. Oh wow! I want to try that. Your pillow is so cute. Thanks for the instructions.

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  33. Love this fabulous pillow. You made this week's Top 5 Hits at Singing With Birds. Come check it out, grab a button for your blog, and thanks for sharing such a great project!

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  34. wow...great idea...thank you for sharing

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  35. Found you through The Inspired Room. I love this idea, and I could really use some fun pillows for our bedroom and the guest bed. I guess I know what I'll be trying soon!

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  36. That pillow is sweet! What a great idea.

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  37. LOVE your pillow!! it looks easy enough that even I could do it : )

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  38. Found this through somewhat simple.

    I love this pillow AND I love that you did it with regular paint.

    Super cute.

    I would love it if you came and linked this up to my Christmas in July linky party.

    Hope to see you there!

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  39. Goodness!!! This is so cute. I really need to paint with some freezer paper. I'm putting your project in the Spotlight at the Power of Paint Party. Thanks for linkin' up.

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  40. yep, i've been looking at this method forever too, and you may have just convinced and inspired me to finally try it. ohh what to stencil, what to stencil?

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  41. This is such a great project! It's probably already sold, but I highlighted it in my post today on Stamping & Stenciling. I just simply have to try freezer paper - you've inspired me!

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  42. Wow I am so glad to find this!! I have always heard of freezer paper but never was quite sure what it was!! Yay I can't wait to use it! Can you only use it on fabric? Or can you use it on wood and such?

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  43. I am hosting a Mummies Night Out a fundraising party for a young mom dealing with cancer - discovered the day she gave birth. I have the supplies for each party guest to make your darling fall banner. I am wondering if the freezer paper stencil is reuseable - and about how many uses you could get out of it? I have about 25 party guests and am hoping not to have to make 25 stencils! Thanks!

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  44. @Leigh Anne@Your Homebased Mom
    What a great idea to help your friend. I've never tried to reuse the stencils. I'm doubting it would work, though, due to the mess. You wouldn't want to iron over it again after it was covered in paint. I get why you wouldn't want to have to cut out so many, but you might just let the guests do it themselves, since it's only 4 letters & not too bad. The freezer paper comes on a huge roll, so there would be plenty for 25 stencils. Hope that helps you!

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  45. Beautiful! Love that it's part stencil, part applique. I also like how you changed the original design from berries to leaves. Very nice. Visiting from CSI.

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  46. Totally gorgeous Julie, very very inspiring!!!
    I'm getting ready to 'stencil' some glass hurricanes . . love this idea!
    xo
    Kate

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  47. seriously awesome. Can't wait to do this! love the leaves!!!!

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  48. @Sher
    You'll love it! I'm getting ready to do another pillow with this method as soon as I find some time!

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  49. What a wonderful tutorial. Love the idea and the design is beautiful!

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  50. I love this idea! I'm going to have to try this very soon! XoXo

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