And now, for some more snowflake crafting! How about stenciling snowflakes on long underwear with freezer paper? This is one great idea for those men/teenage boys that are nearly impossible to craft for, dont you think? Or how about a fun gift for those five nephews......or dress your own kids up in matching custom family pyjamas this winter! (And send me a photo....!)
If you're familiar with freezer paper stenciling, so you already know that the options are endless. And if this idea is by any chance new to you, or you haven't tried it yet, so now is the time! There is a good reason why so many crafters have been obsessed with this technique. It's just too easy to believe. And you know me, I wouldn't try to sell you something you don't need, especially when our crafting hours are very precious!
- freezer paper, I used Reynolds brand, purchased in the US (email me if you live in Israel and would like some, I'm doing a giveaway which I'll announce tomorrow!)
- acrylic paint or fabric paint (I recently read that you can interchange the two, and that's right, ever notice how acrylic paint doesn't come out of clothing? It may possibly result in a stiffer design though, so don't take my word on this 100%, try both and see!)
- something to stencil on, like a long underwear shirt and/or pants
- Cut a square of freezer paper and fold it according to the diagrams for making paper medallions here.
- With a pencil, draw your design on the folded freezer paper piece, (above left) and cut out with scissors
- Unfold snowflake and iron, shiny side down, with a hot dry iron onto clothing item. Make sure that all the edges of the stencil are adhered to the fabric.
- Insert a piece of paper or cardboard under the top layer of your garment (very important!) so paint won't leak onto other side....yikes!
- Apply paint with a dense sponge, stencil brush or even a regular paint brush
- Set aside to dry, and once dry remove paper to reveal your design, voila!
- Heat set if required by the product you used.
Note: There are two ways to make snowflake designs with this method. One is to cut out a snowflake, adhere it to your clothing item, and then using additional pieces of freezer paper, iron on a border around that, which is what I did in the photo with the orange paint above. Or, you can do what I did with the shirt shown here and cut out shapes from your folded freezer paper piece that will then loosely suggest a snowflake. There are other more complicated ways to do this with possibly even better results, but who needs complicated? I'd say line up a bunch of shirts and go for the quick route with this one!
Oh and I almost forgot! Like the hanger? It's so simple to make and who wouldn't love to receive a set of these? And you may be able to even convince your loved ones to hang up their clothes! Complete instructions from my post last year here.