Freezer Paper Stenciling- From Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Now that I have met this beautiful thing called freezer paper, I can tell this is going to be the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship. With this method, you can turn almost anything into a stencil. Here’s how it’s done:

1. Start by choosing your pattern & printing it out. It’s better to choose images with thicker lines & simpler shapes rather than thin and complex. You’ll understand why when you do the next step.

2. Take your printout & tape it to the top of the NON-shiny side of a piece of freezer paper. (This is found near the aluminum foil at the grocery store.) I chose a bird on a branch this time. Lay your pattern & paper over a cutting mat or thick cardboard.

3. Next, take an X-acto knife & cut out the design, making sure to cut all the way thru the freezer paper. When you’re done with this, you’ll have your freezer paper stencil. 
4. Now use a hot, dry iron to iron the freezer paper to your chosen fabric. Make sure you iron shiny side down.

5. Now you’re ready to paint! Use your favorite color of craft paint & simply paint in the stencil.

Once it’s dry, peel it off carefully & admire the results!

I made my design into a pillow & even embellished it with some fabric leaves that I appliqued into place.

This was so easy! Can’t wait to do it again soon. 

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Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Laura says

    This is super cute!! I always see freezer paper projects but never could figure it out.
    Thanks for the explanation!!

  2. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures says

    Thanks for posting the instructions. I have been meaning to save them when I had previously read how to do this and never did. I am definitely doing this soon. Love your pillow.

  3. Cheryl says

    Love how your pillow turned out. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I have been wanting to do something like this, but wasn't sure how.

  4. Michelle Whitlow says

    Wow, I never knew you could use freezer paper that way!!! And I have a TON of it cause I do a lot of freezing. I'll have to try that!!!

  5. michelle says

    Oh my gosh! That is the cutest thing ever!! How clever, I never knew freezer paper could do that!!! I think I need to try that! Thank you so much!!!

  6. Ann Sheafer says

    Wow…what a great idea and your pillow turned out absolutely adorable. Freezer paper has been put on my grocery list and a new project has been added to my "Stuff I Want to Do" file.

    Thank you!!!!

  7. Kimberly says

    I thought the pillow was great but then I scrolled down, fabulous! Adding the leaves made it beautiful.

  8. Shel at Dreamy Nest says

    I'm sooo gonna have to get my hands on some freezer paper. It looks great! I love the colors.

  9. Sharon says

    what an enchanting idea! i love the image and your pillow turned out fantastic! thanks for sharing.

  10. Nina says

    That is soo cute! I even said "Wow" out loud when I saw the picture of the finished pillow!

  11. The Homesteading Apartment says

    So you throw the pillow in the dryer to heat set the paint? Is it washable? This is such a good idea!!!

    Thanks so much!

  12. Vanessa says

    Isn't freezer paper awesome? I have a Silhouette Die Cutting machine and use that to cut my freezer paper projects. I have made many shirts this way.

  13. Missy Luukkonen says

    I love freezer paper stencils! I just did a post on contact paper stencils on my blog! Great for projects you cant Iron on to. I love that you added the fabric leaves to the pillow, it looks great!!

  14. carrie marie says

    I LOVE freezer paper stenciling! I just tired it out myself and it is so easy. I used spray paint and it worked really well. Love the way your pillow turned out.

  15. Adena (aka cre82learn) says

    Gorgeous!! I see things like this all the time. Figured it was all hand painted and no way I could do it…this, however, is manageable, even for me.