We have entered the (pre)school years where Valentine's Day is a pretty big deal. And while we are still deciding on the perfect notes and treats to hand out, we've got the wardrobe covered. I have wanted to create a freezer paper stencil for years and I finally found the perfect excuse. I also can't believe I waited this long, it's so easy and the results are nothing short of amazing!
I created this hip, not too "cute" arrow design that (sort of) met Jude's approval. He said he didn't want the heart (I added a heartless version to the template download) but then he decided that the heart could shoot lasers at bad guys, so it's pretty much the coolest shirt ever.
Along with the free template I have included some very simple instructions. However, for a very detailed and beautiful freezer paper stenciling tutorial you must check out my friend Sara's blog: Bonzo, Chooch, Mushy & Me.
Valentine T-Shirt Tutorial
- A plain t-shirt in a fairly light color
- Arrow template (click to download)
- Freezer Paper*
- Self healing mat and craft knife
- Fabric Paints*(I used black and red)
- Paint brushes
- Pre-wash your shirt and print the template. This size is perfect for a 5T, scale it down for smaller shirts.
- Tape the template to a self healing mat, tape a piece of freezer paper over it matte side up. Using a craft knife, cut out around the design.
- Place the cut out freezer paper on the shirt shiny side down and iron (no steam) the paper into place.
- Insert a piece of cardboard into the shirt to prevent paint from getting on the back side. Paint inside the stencil. Use a dabbing motion to apply the paint and gentle strokes to smooth it out.
- Allow to dry at least 1 hour.
- Peel up the freezer paper and heat set your paint according to the instructions on the bottle.
- Rock your love tee in style.
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