Sunday, June 19, 2011

Homemade Father's Day Gifts - Freezer Paper Stencil Shirt

Happy Father's Day!

Each year it has been a tradition for us to make dad a special t-shirt for Father's Day.  See what we've done over the past years HERE.  This year, I thought it would be fun to do something different.  We made shirts for dad AND the kids using freezer paper stenciling (my first time).  These are simple but lovely homemade gifts for dad or grandpa!  Perfect for Father's Day!

Let me just say... How COOLl!!

I found an amazing freezer paper stencil tutorial at MADE.
Find it HERE.
Please refer to the tutorial above.... but I'll give you a quick run-through.  It really is simple to do!

Freezer Paper Stenciling

1)  I typed the words in a font and sizing we liked in a Word document.  Printed them out... and laid a piece of freezer paper over top (shiny side down).

2)  I then used an exacto knife to cut out the letters to create my freezer paper stencil.

3)  Iron the freezer paper stencil onto your shirt using a dry heat setting.  It doesn't take long for it to adhere.

4)  Add some acrylic paint!  Not too much.  Set it aside to let it dry.

5)  For the girls' shirts, we brushed a thin layer of washable fabric glue, then sprinkled some fine glitter over top.  I lightly pressed it down with my fingers to make sure it stuck well.  Again, set it aside to dry.

6)  When completely dry, peel off your freezer paper.. and Viola!

7)  MAKE SURE TO HEAT SET YOUR PRINTS!  You do this using the iron.  This is very important if you want your prints to look their best!

On Tatum's and Wesley's shirts, I blended blue and green paint which I think gave it a really nice look.  Very subtle, but some added visual appeal.  Tate's shirt has green glitter over top of the paint.

Charlotte's shirt has purple paint with orange glitter over top.  It left a really neat effect, I think.  More of the purple shows through around the edges of the lettering, which looks really cool.

Now.. we're just waiting for daddy to return from a business trip so he can wear his too!

 Wishing all the dad's out there a wonderful Father's Day!
Have some fun with your kids!

We love you Christopher!


  1. Oh how neat - thanks so much for sharing!

  2. That is so cool. I had no idea you could use freezer paper doing stenciling. This is going on my to-do list.

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  3. That is a cool idea! So you just used regular acrylic craft paint? Stopping by from Cariboo Butterfly Handmade.
    I am now following.

  4. This is such a great idea for Father's Day! I've been wanting to try the freezer paper stencilling, but haven't yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Thanks for the tutorial! :) Maybe I can figure out what went wrong last time I tried this...

  6. Those are so fun! Can't wait to try this project. Thanks for sharing, and i must say... you have adorable models!

  7. This is awesome!! Thank you for sharing!!

    We are hosting a link party called “Help a Momma Out” every Tuesday! This would be an awesome link up! I would appreciate if you'd add it. Thanks in advance for your consideration :)


  8. Rachel, this is such a sweet idea. I had no idea you could use freezer paper. I want to make t-shirts for a group and I think this might be a perfect way since I only need 4 shirts!! Thanks so much for sharing. I found you through "Making the World Cuter" blog party.

  9. Oh these are adorable! I didn't even know this technique exists! Wow!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!!


  10. Hi there -- This is such a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing it. I found you through Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie and wanted to share your wonderful idea with my readers -- I have it included in today's post and I hope you check it out when you can and I hope you grab the Featured Me button for your blog.
    Have a super day and thanks again for sharing! :)

  11. I've never used freezer paper before but this is definitely inspiring me to give it a shot. Thanks so much for sharing! I love the matching T-shirts. I seriously wish I had some growing up. I always wanted to be matching with my little sister... but not so much anymore. I'm your newest follower :)

  12. I really want to try this...I wonder if the freezer paper would work in my cricut cutter.

  13. great idea! Can you tell me where you found the font?


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