Freezer paper makes excellent fabric stencils. If you’ve never tried it before you should do it! Freezer paper is easy to cut, it’s inexpensive, and best of all the wax sticks to your fabric when you iron it keeping it in place and preventing paint drips and seepage. You can use freezer paper on most fabrics to decorate canvas bags, shirts, and more! For this project, I put the snowman on a cozy, over-sized sweatshirt that I got on Target clearance.
Washed shirt or sweater
Snowman stencil print out
Black fabric 3D (puffy) paint
Click on the above image to enlarge. Save to your computer before you print.
Print out image, trim, and glue to the non-waxy side of the freezer paper. I recommend using spray adhesive to hold the image in place while you are cutting out the image.
Start by cutting into the snowman with a craft knife.
Make a hole big enough to fit scissors.
Continue to cut out image. I find it much easier to cut out with scissors than with a craft knife.
It’s important to save this triangle cut out from the snowman’s arm. You will be ironing it onto the shirt.
Choose the location on your shirt. I put on the sweatshirt and made a small marking with a pen on the shirt where I thought the snowman would look the best. Don’t worry, the pen mark will get covered with paint.
Set your iron on high and pass over the freezer paper many times to seal to fabric.
Don’t forget to iron on to the cut out triangle near the snowman’s arm. Continue to iron on freezer paper for several minutes until all the edges are sealed.
Place newspaper or piece of cardboard inside the shirt.
Add paint to the exposed shirt. Start with the middle and carefully add to the edges.
Even out the paint with a paintbrush. This is 3D paint, but we don’t want texture for this project.
Read the bottle to find out your paint’s dry time. This brand dries in 4 hours.
Check your snowman after it dries. How does the color and coverage look?
Add a second coat of paint if necessary.
After your second coat of paint it dry, slowly peel off the freezer paper.
Be careful when removing the freezer paper from the painted section. It can be sticky and you don’t want to stretch out your fabric.
Read your paint bottle for washing instructions.