Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Star Wars Birthday Shirt
A tradition in our house is that I always make each of the kids a special birthday shirt to wear that day. I have been reading about freezer paper stencils forever and just never looked into it. I have used freezer paper to cut out quilt patterns and it works awesome, so I actually had some in the house. You can buy it at the grocery store in the aisle with the cling wrap, etc. (I could not find it at Target.) Anyways, freezer paper has two sides, one paper side and one slightly shiny, smooth side. You can sketch or print your stencil template onto the paper side, and after you cut it out, the shiny side, can temporarily adhere to fabric when ironed on. This will anchor it and allow you to use fabric paint to fill in your picture. I read one description of freezer paper stencils as "poor man's screen printing". I am totally hooked, call me poor man if you will!
Oh, and you can totally cheat like me, I bought a 30 pack of freezer paper printer sheets on amazon.com (you'll see why tomorrow). If you have the time, you can take the roll of freezer paper and cut out an 8.5x11 sheet to fit in your printer- I did not feel like cutting out 20+.
When searching for ideas of what to print on the shirt, I came across a great tutorial at Dana Made It- clearly she's more advanced than me;)
Here's what you need to do:
Find a picture you want to stencil on a shirt, something without a lot of detail- unless you are a true picasso. Print or draw the picture onto the paper side of the freezer paper. I printed the template for the yoda snowflake on the freezer paper and cut it out with the exacto knife. Hazel wanted to do a shirt too, so we printed out a big silhouette of Hello Kitty and cut it out.
Here is the finished Hello Kitty, she insisted on putting a giant heart on it, since we did this the day before Valentine's Day.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more Star Wars t-shirts!