Freezer Paper Stencil

A while back JP saw a man-cave pillow and he immediately pinned it. I feel like those things should not be in the same sentence. Pinterest is a woman's world. Go back to Craigslist, JP. ;) As with most things, we decided to make it ourselves instead of buy it.

Freezer paper stenciling is easy peasy. We chose to stencil a throw pillow cover that we bought at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off. We spent a whopping $3 on the cover. I can't remember all the prices of the other items needed so I can't provide a cost break down. I can tell you it won't cost you $25-$50 like it would if you bought them off Etsy. A dear friend made Big Bro and Big Sis shirts for her kiddos. The possibilities are seemingly endless!

For a pillow, all you need is:
Freezer paper (which surprisingly only comes in gigantic rolls...)
Pillow cover
Fabric paint (we found ours at WalMart)
Foam paint brush

To begin, print out whatever it is you'd like to stencil. Lay down your freezer paper, shiny/waxy side down, and tape your paper to it. Then tape your freezer paper to your cutting surface.  
(Do you like our ombre gun?)

Carefully cut out the image. Please don't cut your finger off.*

We put a plastic cutting board inside the pillowcase before we began. Place your "stencil" on your fabric, again shiny/waxy side down. Using an iron on a no-steam setting, firmly press straight down for several seconds, making sure the paper adheres to the fabric. 

Trace the perimeter of your image with your fabric paint. 

We think this part is relatively important, especially if you like to rush. Gently spread the paint onto the fabric by pulling the paint towards the center. This way you avoid any risk of accidentally pulling the freezer paper up and causing paint bleeding.

Once it's nice and covered, go over it once more, lightly, making sure your strokes go in one direction. Let it sit for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, gingerly pull the freezer paper up at an angle. Don't rush!

That's it! You're done! Follow the instructions on your paint bottle concerning drying time. Our bottle suggested 4 hours to handle, 24 hours to wash. 

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