Last week I was looking for ideas for Presidents Day activities and I found this site describing how to make Abe Lincoln and George Washington freezer paper stencils. I’ve been wanting to make freezer paper stencils for a while now, so this was a great time to try.
Although Abe looks pretty awesome, it was probably out my range for a first-time stencil. So I stuck with a design a little simpler, a little more modern, a little more Del Ray: Obama, of course!
Here are the supplies used: A white t-shirt, blue and red fabric paint, sponge brushes and freezer paper. I purchased everything but the freezer paper at Michael’s. The freezer paper came from Hancock Fabrics (at the Route 1 location, it’s way in the back near the quilting supplies).
You can actually print directly on the matte finish side of the freezer paper. I already printed the logo on a piece of plain paper so I just traced it onto the freezer paper and cut it out.
Next, iron the stencil, glossy side down, onto the fabric. Make sure you get a good seal.
And then paint away! If you are using a thin white cotton t-shirt, place something inside the shirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through.
The paint dries pretty quickly, but make sure you let it dry completely before peeling off the freezer paper.
And voila you’re finished! There’s a little smudging on the top but not too bad for the first time. We’ll definitely be making more of these.
Calvin loves the new shirt too. He’s ready to grow into it through the second term…