bloglovinBloglovin iconemailfacebookFacebook iconinstagramInstagram iconlinkedinLinkedIn iconpinterestPinterest iconrssRSS iconsoundcloudSoundCloud icontwitterTwitter iconyoutube bananaBanana graphic bananaleafBanana leaf graphic bird-with-leavesBird with leaves graphic blue-chocolate-popsicleBlue chocolate popsicle graphic blue-popsicleBlue popsicle graphic cactus-flower-topCactus w/ flower top graphic cactus-pink-topCactus w/ pink top graphic cactus-yellow-topCactus w/ yellow top graphic cherriesCherries graphic coconutCoconut graphic coffee-cupCoffee cup graphic firecracker-popsicleFirecracker popsicle graphic flamingoFlamingo graphic frozen-bananaFrozen banana graphic kiwi-popsicleKiwi popsicle graphic kiwiKiwi slice lemon-wedgeLemon wedge graphic lime-wedgeLime wedge graphic orange-popsicleOrange popsicle graphic pineapplePineapple graphic pink-chocolate-ice-cream-popPink chocolate ice cream pop grahpic pink-ice-cream-popPink ice cream pop graphic pink-popsiclePink popsicle graphic pink-sundae-conePink sundae cone graphic pink-swirl-conePink swirl cone graphic pizza-slice-basilPizza slice w/ basil graphic pizza-slice-olivesPizza slice w/ olives graphic pizza-slice-onionsPizza slice w/ onions graphic rainbow-swirl-coneRainbow swirl cone graphic rainbow-waffle-coneRainbow waffle cone graphic strawberriesStrawberries graphic strawberryStrawberry graphic sunSun graphic text-helloHello text graphic text-shine-onShine On text graphic text-yayYay text graphic watermelon-largeWatermelon slice (large) graphic watermelon-smallWatermelon slice (small) graphic

Tote bags are my jammy jam. Proof. Maybe, just maybe, it’s my mission in life to come up with as many tote bag projects as possible. Mission accepted. One of my favorite ways to make a tote is with good ‘ol freezer paper. It’s cheap, it’s accessible and it makes a bangin’ stencil. Today, I’ve got a few fool proof tips on how you can use freezer paper along with a pretty amazing tote bag that I created with it. So here we go!

What is freezer paper?

If parchment paper and wax paper got together to do the horizontal mambo – little baby freezer paper would be the result. Freezer paper is parchment on one side an wax paper on the other.

Where can I buy it?

You’ll find freezer paper in the grocery store or better yet, at most Target stores where you undoubtedly spend all your time anyway. It’s on the same aisle as the aluminum foil, plastic wrap and sandwich bags. It’s in a long container similar to the wax paper.

How does it work?

When you place the freezer paper waxed-side-down onto fabric, you can apply dry heat with an iron and it will temporarily adhere to the fabric, sooooo….if you cut a shape from the freezer paper, then iron it down onto fabric, hallelujah and hot diggity dog – you’ve got yourself a stencil.

diy Freezer paper stencil tote bag

diy Freezer paper stencil tote bag

When I work with freezer paper I like to use:

  • Craft paint
  • Fabric Medium – a thin liquid that helps turn regular craft paint into fabric paint
  • Canvas tote bag
  • Freezer paper stencil cut using my Cricut Explore – this way I don’t have to fuss with a craft knife to get a perfect cut. If you’ve got a steady hand, you can go the craft knife route and get the exact same result. It will just take a bit longer.
  • Foam Pouncer

diy Freezer paper stencil tote bag

TIP NO.1

Iron on the freezer paper with close attention to detail, making sure all the edges are sealed!

TIP NO.2

When you are done ironing on the freezer paper, slide a piece of cardboard into your tote to make it stiff. This way, when you relocate the tote to your workspace, the bag won’t bend and the freezer paper won’t shift or lift from the fabric

diy Freezer paper stencil tote bag

TIP NO.3

Tap off any excess paint from your dauber before filling in the stencil. Too much paint on the dauber will warp the freezer paper and cause it to lift, then you’ll end up with a tote that looks…uh…overly homemade.

diy Freezer paper stencil tote bag

TIP NO.4

When you’re done applying paint, peel back the freezer paper stencil immediately. Don’t wait for the paint to dry.

TIP NO. 5

Heat set your paint once it’s dry! For this project, I added a glitter iron-on so I did my heat setting at the same time that I applied the glitter iron-on.

diy Freezer paper stencil tote bag

diy Freezer paper stencil tote bag

diy Freezer paper stencil tote bag

shopthisproject

Keep on crafting with these other posts

12 thoughts on “Tips for Making Freezer Paper Stencils

  1. I have heard/read that you could use freezer paper to stencil but I would not known where to start. Thank you for another great tutorial!

  2. You’re an inspiration. I’m just getting into crafting in a serious way and I love your ideas. Great website, you’re enthusiasm just shines thru!! Keep going girl!

  3. I am no longer positive where you’re getting your info,
    but good topic. I needs to spend a while studying much more or working out more.
    Thank you for magnificent info I used to be looking for
    this information for my mission.

    star(p) (Edgardo)

  4. Do you have a spam problem on this blog; I also am a blogger,
    and I was wondering your situation; we have developed some nice procedures and we
    are looking to swap solutions with others, please shoot me an e-mail if
    interested.

  5. I want to know few tips for making freezer paper stencils. I am getting bored at home and I want to do something for time to pass. So, I am thinking about working on crafting. Thanks for sharing tips for making freezer paper stencils. Right now, I am looking for the royalessays reviews regarding my work and when I will find it, I will visit here again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.