One of my favorite creations prior to our fall Walt Disney World trip was our Freezer Paper T-shirts. We made Star Wars shirts for us to wear to The Studios on the day we hoped C-man would participate in the Jedi Training. The shirts were super cute and super easy! I had a Princess Leia shirt. Big E had Yoda. C-man had Darth Vader.
What you'll need:
- clean t-shirt
- freezer paper (NOT wax paper)
- stencil of image to go on shirt
- scissors/ exacto knife
- washable, permanent craft paint
- paint brush or paint sponge
The first thing you need to do is find the image you want to paint onto your shirt. Disney Family has great images that can be used for pumpkin carving. Or you can do a Google image search for the character you want and silhouette. Below I found Darth Vader by searching "Darth Vader Silhouette". You can also search for "Darth Vader Stencil." Both will have good results.
Once you have your image, print it and trace the image onto the DULL paper side of the freezer paper. Place the image under the freezer paper (shiny side down) and trace the image onto the dull side with a pencil.
Then using your exacto knife, cut out the image. I placed my paper on a hard cutting board from the kitchen since I didn't have a cutting mat. Make sure you only cut out the image creating a stencil. Any unnecessary cuts may allow paint to spread to areas where it shouldn't be. This image of Darth Vader was fairly easy. However, my youngest son's Yoda shirt had some additional images inside Yoda's eyes. In this case, I had to cut out these pieces and save them for later. (You can see the shirts below!) Think of your image as a negative image.
Next, iron your cut out image to the t-shirt. Iron the shiny side down. Iron all around your image so a seal is created keeping the paint inside the cut out area.
Before you start painting, insert a piece of wax paper into your shirt. This will keep the paint from bleeding through to the backside. Using FABRIC or permanent paint, paint the image on your t-shirt. Make sure you keep your paint on the paper and cut out area only. I used a paint sponge, but a brush will also work. With this black paint, only one coat was needed. If you are using lighter colors, you may need several coats. Make sure each coat dries before adding a second or third coat.
Finally, slowly, peel off the freezer paper after the paint has had plenty of time to dry. I have read on some paint bottles, to cover the painted area with a cloth and iron over the paint to help it set. I did not do this, but follow the instructions on your paint of choice.
Have you ever made Freezer Paper T-shirts? What did you create? Or, what would you create? I'd love to hear in the comments!