May 08, 2012

A Freezer Paper Stencil Party

The other day we celebrated my niece's birthday.  She's a crafty one, so I thought it would be fun to let all the kids make their own t-shirts.  It was a little messy, but it was a real hit with the kids.  I think freezer paper stenciling would be an awesome activity for birthday parties.  Just cut some stencils ahead of time and purchase shirts for $3.  It beats the little party favors that no one really wants at the end :)


I cut several kinds of stencils and let the kids pick.  After searching around the internet for the best images of all the things they are into, I discovered something awesome.  When looking for images, search for pumpkin stencils.  Why?  Because there are a lot to choose from AND they are all one-piece stencils.  (That means there are no little pieces to fit into it like the circle in the middle of the letter "o" and all the little pieces you end up having to add on regular stencils.)

For example, here are some sweet ones I found that way.  See?  All one piece once you cut out the black.  Love it.


If you've never done freezer paper stenciling, I have a video tutorial for it HERE that will answer all your questions.  (Shortened version:  Print out your image, use a craft knife to cut it out, iron it onto the shirt shiny side down, paint it, let it dry, remove the stencil, and heat set your paint by placing a thin cloth over it and ironing it for 30-40 seconds.)


If you do a party, you might want to iron the stencils down for the kids and then let them paint the shirt.  To make things easier, I recommend using dark paint on light-colored shirts.  If you use something light like yellow on navy blue, you'll need lots of coats.  That can get tricky with kids.

After all the painting and fun, here are some of the shirts we made.  My brother-in-law wanted this one.  Hee, hee.


We had a lot of Avenger ones like the one I made Rex last week.  I made Rex a Star Wars one.


We also did a robot.


And everyone was pretty excited about their new shirt at the end.

Thanks for reading.


21 comments:

  1. what a terrific idea! Going to have to pass this past my girl--I bet she'll love it!

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  2. I love this idea! And the tip about looking for pumpkin stencils...awesome.

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  3. Next level with freezer paper! I love your tip with the stencils. I need look no further, as I see you have found Star Wars and Transformers. That's us. Done.

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  4. Thanks so much for the tips. Where do you buy your freezer paper? I have been looking and looking, can't find it anywhere

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    1. I wrote down lower too....l. I can always find it at Walmart, with the foil and cling wrap. Good luck!

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    2. It's on the bottom shelf at my Walmart, right below the saran wrap and foil. It comes in a big blue Reynolds box.

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  5. Genious idea!!!!
    I love the robot and the google-shirt!!

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  6. Cute idea. My girls love picking out there own images for freezer paper stencils and then getting to paint it on their own. I never thought about pumpkin stencils. what a great tip! Thanks!
    Here is a post were we did it http://twincess.blogspot.com/2011/05/using-your-silhouette-to-make-freezer.html

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  7. Miss Hannah, I can always find it at Walmart, with the plastic wrap and foil.

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  8. Fantastic idea for a party, i'll definitely be noting this down!

    Beki x

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  9. Oh my gosh! The robot shirt is so cute! What a great idea.

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  10. your stuff is always so cute! I just made 20 blankets with logos on them for my synagogue party using my freezer paper! This party seems like MUCH more fun!

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  11. fabulous idea to use the pumpkin stencil! i've been searching for a good image to use for a freezer paper stencil of an owl for a pillow i'm making. funny enough that after i read your post, i searched for a pumpkin stencil and found a good one right away! thanks for the tip!

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  12. It's wonderful!! You really know everything about making children happy))
    Aljonushka from faraway Belarus)

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  13. I love your posts, definitely a daily read for me. When you use Freezer paper on the Silhouette, do you just feed it in like it's regular paper?

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  14. Did my first couple freezer paper stencils. I did not know to put it on the mat shiny side up so that might help, but I do end up with a lot of super thin paper hairs that I have to kind of pull off and then try to weed off the mat when I'm done. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Is this just normal these little tiny hairs. It is hard to get them off the mat without tweezers and patience.

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    1. It should give you a clean cut. If it doesn't I would play around with the thickness level so that the blade cuts it better. If you have the SD you might want to use the next blade up and if you have the Cameo you might want to go one number higher on the blade and a couple up on the thickness.

      Cheri

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  15. Hey Cheri...I have been a slacker with my blog reading and posting lately so sorry I haven't been by. I love this idea...what a great way to keep the kiddos entertained and they get an awesome t-shirt to take home!

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  16. Ugh, this might have sent twice. If so, sorry!

    Welcome back from your maternity time, your little girl is so precious!

    When you have a moment (not urgent) can you explain or demo how you got the multi-colors so crisp and even? The red dot and yellow frame? Did you layer the colors and did you use multiple stencils?

    Thanks!

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  17. Ugh, this might have sent twice. If so, sorry!

    Welcome back from your maternity time, your little girl is so precious!

    When you have a moment (not urgent) can you explain or demo how you got the multi-colors so crisp and even? The red dot and yellow frame? Did you layer the colors and did you use multiple stencils?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Shannon!

      You can make multiple stencils, but in this case I didn't. I did the black first and then it was pretty easy (with a good brush) to fill in the yellow. For the red dot I just painted that part of the stencil red after the black below had dried.

      I hope that helps!

      Cheri

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