Freezer paper stencils are an easy way to make cute t-shirts. With St Patrick’s Day right around the corner we thought we would use this fun technique to give us some special protection!

Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

Draw design on paper side of the freezer paper, shiny side of freezer paper facing down. I have included the template I used. I  cut the stencil with my Silhouette Cutter, but an exacto knife works also.

Pinch Proof Stencil Download

Iron freezer paper shiny side down onto t-shirt. This doesn’t take much —about 30 seconds on medium heat. Check to make sure freezer paper  is completely adhered to the shirt. Don’t forget to also iron the center parts into the letters. Notice I forgot the center of the first letter p.

Following directions on the bottle mix  fabric painting medium 2:1 into acrylic paint. You will also want some amazing DecoArt Glamour Dust for embellishing the t-shirt.

Apply paint to stencil and sprinkle wet paint with Glamour Dust. I  was glamming up the shamrocks, but wish I had sprinkled it on the whole stencil. This stuff is so cool and gives such a professional finish!

Flip over and remove extra Glamour Dust. Remove stencil.

Allow paint to dry 48 hours (only 24  is necessary if only using paint and not Glamour Dust), then heat set the paint by ironing over design for 30 seconds on medium heat.

No pinching allowed!

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  1. I need help. I have a silhouette, but I’m not really familiar with it. I can’t figure out how to get your Adobe image into the silhouette program to cut! PLEASE HELP. I’ve purchased all the materials and really want to make a shirt for next week. Thank you!!!

  2. Can you share what font you used? I would love to make this, but I have a Cricut and need the file to be an SVG.file. This is so fun! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  3. This idea looks really cute but I am confused. It looks like you go paint all over the shirt how does it come out to look like the finished product. It seems like I missed something. I would love to make these for my girls.

  4. Hoe funny, I just started a similar one for my son. He is very worried about the pinching involved and I said that I’d make him a shirt that said, “No Pinching!”

  5. very cute! and walgreens has $1 white tshirts for the whole family right now. are these washable?

  6. I just wanted to write a little note, to let you know that I’ve been in love with your blog for years, I think it’s one of THE BEST blogs out there! Thanks so much for all the fun ideas, you always have so much to look at!

    I just wanted to let you know that all your hard work is appreciated!!

  7. That is so awesome! I didn’t know this was possible. I def want to try this. Thanks for sharing! lots of love!

  8. I love the glitter, gives it that special look, and the adorable child also helps!

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