DIY // Freezer Paper Stencil Shirts for the 4th of July


Oh how I love how these shirts turned out!  I paid $12 for all the shirts, and already had the other supplies on hand from some other stenciled projects!  If I had time, I would be making myself a shirt I love them so much!

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Let’s get started!!!


Here is what you will need….
Image of your stencil
Exacto Knife
Freezer Paper (my roll will last me the rest of my life)
Fabric Paint (can be found at Hobby Lobby, JoAnns, Walmart)
Paintbrush or Sponge Brush

Of course I didn’t take photos while making these shirts, so bear with me while I show you a mock-up of the process.


1 // First figure out the design of your shirt.  You can find your image on google or freehand it yourself!  I saved a photo off google of the united states, opened it in word and sized it to about 7 inches to fit the width of my shirts.

Place a piece of freezer paper over the image and tape it in place.  Place it over cardboard (or a magazine in my case) and carefully cut out the image using your exacto knife.

2 // Remove your freezer paper stencil and arrange it on your shirt.

3 // Make sure the glossy side is facing down.  Using an iron on medium-high heat, press down on the image for about 10-15 seconds until it adheres to the shirt.  It sticks like tape, and is very easy to remove…no worries!  🙂 If you make the flag shirt, just use painters tape for the stripes!  I went ahead and put a few stars in there too…I think the word “home” would be super cute inside the image, but I was going for EASY!

4 // Once your stencil is ironed on, you are ready to paint!  Place cardboard, or paper towels on the inside of your shirt to protect the paint from bleeding through. I have a few different brands of paint.  Read the instructions on whatever paint you use – sometimes you let it dry for 24 or 48 hours, then heat set the paint with an iron for different brands.

I wanted a “vintage” look to my shirts, so I took a brush and dabbed the paint on to get more texture.  I let the paint dry for just a little bit, then I carefully removed the stencil.  You don’t want to wait until completely dry, to ensure you don’t rip any paint off with the paper.

I let my shirts dry overnight, then washed them in the morning.  I wanted some of the paint to wear off as I wanted them to look more faded, so I didn’t let them dry for the full drying time.  I LOVE how they turned out!  Super cute, and super easy!

Have a fabulous weekend!!!



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