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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