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How to make a stencil with freezer paper

Learn how to use freezer paper to make a stencil that allows you to paint on fabric virtually without any smudges.

My daughter is part of a Hip Hop competition dance group called Redlips. Since the budget to buy costumes was limited (and because I’m always up for a little DIY !!) I offered to add red lips on their white shirts.

You will see, this technique is very easy to do and enable you to paint images on fabric, virtually without smudges.

On the other hand, if you are in Canada like me, the most difficult part to carry out this project will be to find freezer paper !! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience and at no extra cost to you. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Where to buy Freezer paper?

Well, I did the research for you and let me tell you it was not easy!

A simple solution, if you can wait a few days, is to get it from You’ll find it by clicking here.

If you want a more express solution (because like me, you tend to be at the last minute and when you need something, it is RIGHT NOW that you want it !! 😉 ) you can find some at Canadian Tire.

But be careful, check availability on their website. In my case, only 1 store had some in my area. And I’m telling you, take note of the aisle number (it’s really nice that their website allows this!) Because this paper is in the hunting department! And yes, I was really surprised!

Canadian Tire’s freezer paper is more expensive, but you’ll have 3 times more than Amazon’s. It all depends on your needs. I can tell you that with 150 feet, I have some for an eternity !!

For this project, you’ll need:

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How to make the stencil

Cut the stencil

I’m lucky to have a Silhouette because I would not have ventured to make 12 shirts with a simple cutting knife !!! Yes, I had to make 12 stencils. I tried to see if I could reuse them, but they did not stick as well as I would have liked. And since it’s for competitions, I wanted everything to be perfect.

First, cut a piece of freezer paper the width of the cutting mat. Install the glossy paper side up, taking care to remove the bubbles with an old card.

By putting the shiny side up, you’ll have to reverse your design.

removing bubbles with an old credit card

Showing the mat without bubbles

Once the paper is cut with the Silhouette, detach it gently.

Removing the freezer paper gently

Position the stencil

Next, to position the stencil made of freezer paper, you’ll need to place the shiny side against the fabric. Press an iron at a low temperature (without steam). The paper will adhere gently to the fabric.

Ironing the freezer paper

The paper is sticking to the shirt

I then inserted cardboard inside the shirt. It is better to handle the stencil with care since it is not stuck permanently.

inserting a cardboard under the shirt

To prevent the cardboard from moving, I fixed it with a paper clip. Then I folded the shirt so that it was completely hidden under. It’s optional, but I found it was a safe precaution !!


After that, you need to take the time to tape the newspaper to the stencil.Paper journal around the stencil with tape

I did a test before and I had simply laid some newspaper around the stencil. The paint got under the newspaper. I was so happy I had done a test first! See the test:

Not enough paper journal shows a test shirt with a mistake

I applied two coats of paint following the instructions on the bottle. It’s always exciting when the time comes to remove the stencil!

** Tip if you want to re-use the stencil: put parchment paper between your iron and the stencil, otherwise the paint will be transferred to your iron and you will gum it all !!

And here’s the result for 12 shirts. It took me about a day (with a lot of help from the dancer!). But it was worth it!

All 12 shirts on hangers

I must admit that of the 12, they are not all perfect. I had some small smudges in some places.

One shirt from the back. You can see the result of the stencil

But as they will not be scrutinized with a magnifying glass, it will still have a nice group effect!

The 12 girls from the back, wearing the shirts

The competitions begin next weekend. I can’t wait to see them in their complete costume with their hair done! Goooooo Redlips!

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Thursday 8th of March 2018

’ve heard of using freezer paper as a stencil before, but haven’t yet tried it. Your shirts turned out great and I bet the kids love them. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!


Monday 5th of March 2018

These shirts turned out brilliantly, such a clever idea.


Monday 5th of March 2018

Thanks Julie!


Monday 5th of March 2018

I can remember making some very basic stencils using freezer paper when I was a kid but I had not thought to use my Circut with it! What a great idea and those shirts are adorable! Pinned


Monday 5th of March 2018

Oh! Thank you Joanne! Using a cutting machine saves a ton of time!


Thursday 1st of March 2018

These are adorable Natalie! I'm so envious of your Silhouette! You have definitely got a creative gene!


Monday 5th of March 2018

Thanks Melissa! Nice of you to say!

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