Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

Freezer paper stencil tutorialAfter showing you all the onesies I made in yesterday’s post, I decided I better give a freezer paper stencil tutorial so you can make them too!

Of course, you can use a cutting machine, like a Silhouette, if you have one, but you don’t need one to make these. I love projects that don’t require any fancy or special materials!

So, without further ado…

First of all, gather up all your materials. You’ll need:

  • freezer paper
  • exacto knife (or some other way to cut out your design)
  • shirt (or whatever you want your design to go on, the possibilities are limitless)
  • paint (you could use fabric paint, but I usually use just plain, old acrylic paint)
  • paint brush
  • piece of cardboard
  • scissors
  • iron

stencil with freezer paper stencilingThen, decide what type of design you want to make. We decided to make Minecraft shirts because who doesn’t like Minecraft! (Honestly, I don’t really understand the game, but our boys sure like to play it!) Then draw your design onto a piece of freezer paper. Make sure to draw it on the side that feels like paper, not the shiny side.

trace patternNext, cut out your design with your exacto knife. I couldn’t find ours, so I had to use a box cutter. It worked!

cut patternThen lay your shirt on your ironing board. Put your freezer paper design on top of your shirt (wherever you want it to be located in the end), with the shiny side of the freezer paper down.

freezer paper stencilIron the freezer paper down, taking care to get all the edges and corners, so you don’t have any leaking paint in the next step.

freezer paper stencilfreezer paper stencilNow it is ready to paint! Slip a piece of cardboard into the shirt, so the paint doesn’t leak all the way through to the back of the shirt.

freezer paper stencil tutorialAnd paint it with the colors of your choice. It is super fun for kids too! Try not to use too much paint or it might leak under the stencil.

freezer paper stencilpainting on stencilUsually, I let it dry for a few minutes and then carefully take of the stencil when it is still a little bit wet.

stencilingThen let it dry completely.

freezer paper stencilThe boys thought their shirts were fabulous and wore them the rest of the day!

stenciling with freezer paperhappy crafting Thanks for stopping by and happy freezer paper stenciling!




  1. March 12, 2015    

    Oh fantastic! What a simple way to create stencilling on a t-shirt. We must give this a try. It looks like your boys loved it and did a fab job.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

  2. March 12, 2015    

    That is a cute idea! I don’t understand Minecraft either but I have girls. I’ll have to think of something girly to draw on my freezer paper. What’s awesome is that I have all those supplies laying around here somewhere.

    • KaCee KaCee
      March 12, 2015    

      I should think of something girly as well to put on a shirt for my oldest daughter. I think boy things are taking over our house! 🙂

  3. Sherry Sherry
    March 14, 2015    

    Pinned to Things I Want To Try in 2015 (and the Funtastic Friday board). My grand kids will love making these. Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday and sharing with us. Hope to see you again this week.

  4. March 15, 2015    

    These look so great, I know T will love to make one when he’s a bit older. #letkidsbekids

    • KaCee KaCee
      March 15, 2015    

      Thanks Leandra!

  5. Diana Rambles Diana Rambles
    March 17, 2015    


    • KaCee KaCee
      March 17, 2015    

      Thanks Diana! You are always so kind!

  6. March 19, 2015    

    Such a great way to include your children in a craft. My oldest has recently gotten into minecraft, so he will love this. Thanks for sharing. If you have any train lovers, I have an easy train image posted here:

    • KaCee KaCee
      March 20, 2015    

      Thanks for the nice comment Kelley! And thanks for the link to your train image. It is so cute! I will have to make one for my youngest. He will love it!

  7. March 26, 2015    

    How cool! Great job! Thanks for sharing this tutorial with us at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

  8. April 14, 2015    

    Such a cool craft! Thanks for linking up with Share the Wealth Sunday.

    I can’t wait to try this with my son one day.

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