I told you last week that my personal brand of crazy went a bit overboard when it came to our Disney trip. I made 20 shirts for our trip (matching shirts for our family of 4 for each day of our trip). (Check out everything Disney on Scrap Inspired) I’m back to share another of our DIY Disney shirts. And quite possibly my favorite of all the shirts I made!!
There are lots of versions of Freezer Paper stencil shirts to be found on the internet. Like this one, this one, and this one, but this one inspired me to try a reverse technique. And while it looks complicated it’s really super simple!
This technique uses Reynolds Freezer Paper to create the stencil. The first step is to find the image you want on your shirt (I use Google search to find mine). I then cut the image on my Cricut, using Sure Cuts A Lot software. If cuting with a Cricut or Silhouette you need to make sure the paper is shiny side up. Which means that you have to flip the image before cutting. You could also print the image, trace it onto your Freezer Paper, and cut it with an exacto knife.
Once the image was cut I peeled up the main design and ironed it onto my shirt (use no steam and the cotton setting). Since there are quite a few thin pieces, be sure to iron the edges down very well.
I used Tulip fabric paint and a foam brush to create my design.
Dabbing your paint on, rather than brushing, helps keep the stencil from peeling up.
Once I had the main part of the face painted I extended the paint out in a square around the face. At the end I pulled the brush through the paint to smooth the strokes out a bit. I used two coats of paint to get a more solid coverage.
Allow the shirts to dry fully (I followed the directions on the bottle of paint) and then begin to slowly peel up the freezer paper stencil. And your shirt is complete!
Love these shirts, and I have a feeling they will get the most use even now that our trip is done!
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