There are multiple ways of making t-shirts with freezer paper and screen printing ink. The following method was used for all the photo examples below. We’ll share another method after the video at the end of the post.
Place a sheet of freezer paper onto heat transfer tape with the shiny side up
Place the freezer paper/heat transfer tape combo onto the mat with the transfer tape at the bottom
Load into the machine and cut image – using the paper setting on a Cricut machine should work, but do some test cuts first (you only want to cut the freezer paper layer, without cutting the transfer tape)
While still on the mat, weed out the parts of the image you want to appear on the shirt
Place baking paper and/or a Teflon sheet inside the t-shirt to prevent ink going through onto the back of the tee
Lift the transfer tape and freezer paper from the mat and position onto your pre-ironed t-shirt
Iron the freezer paper into place
Peel away the heat transfer tape
Paint over stencil
Allow to dry (make take 2-3 hours to air dry, or can be sped up with a hair dryer on warm)
Peel away the freezer paper stencil
Cover with baking paper and iron for a further 2 or 3 minutes to set the screen printing ink
Check out the video at the end of the post to see a very similar but alternative method. But for now, check out these awesome freezer paper stencil projects!
1. Disney T-Shirts
To start, the freezer paper and heat transfer tape are placed onto the mat, freezer paper on top. The design is cut out of the freezer paper (in reverse) with the Cricut Maker.
The parts of the design that will appear on the shirt are weeded away to reveal a Cricut Mickey Mouse, Goofy, & Daffy (Disney fonts & SVGs)!
The stencils are removed from the mat and placed down (freezer paper against the tee) and pressed onto the t-shirt.
The image is cut out and weeded, and then painted with the fabric ink.
When the stencil is dry the freezer paper is peeled away… to reveal the coolest little baby bodysuit you could have! You can grab the Star Wars Storm Poopers SVG here.
And another cute baby onesie with stars and stripes (SVG here).
3. Large Freezer Paper T-shirt Transfer
Here are all the materials used for this next t-shirt stencil project.
The design is cut out with the Cricut, weeded, and ironed onto the t-shirt.
The stencil is securely in place and the heat transfer tape is peeled away. The stencil is painted over with Speedball fabric ink.
The stencil is dried with a blow-dryer to help it dry quicker.
Once the stencil is all dry, the freezer paper is peeled away. The t-shirt is finished. This method works great! (Water was accidentally dripped onto the ‘O’!).
Alternative Method Of Shirt Stenciling
The following video is excellent at showing how to make a t shirt with freezer paper, with all the instructions captioned throughout the process. I’ll outline the slight differences from the previous method below.
only the freezer paper is applied to the cutting mat, the design is weeded, then the heat transfer tape is used to transfer and apply the design to the t-shirt
you do not have to mirror your design if doing it this way
the benefit of this method is that you don’t have to worry about cutting through the transfer tape underneath the freezer paper
the benefit of the other method is that it’s easier to move an intricate design (such as the large Disneyland transfer) off the cutting mat and onto the tee
Another great use for freezer paper stencils is to make custom doormats! Leave us a comment down below and let us know if you’ve tried these methods, or if you have any questions. How do you do DIY T shirt painting? Thanks for reading!