The 10 Minute EASY Stenciled T-shirt

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Cricut,Tutorials

I spied some Fruit of the Loom cotton t-shirts at Walmart the other day for $2 so I snatched a few to liven up for Elliot. You just can’t beat $2, and sometimes I like a plain shirt in need of livening.

I get so tired of all the name brands plastered all over everything and the weird graphic tees…give me some good little boy t-shirts or I’ll just make them myself with

  • fabric paint (I used the Scribbles brand from Hobby Lobby)
  • freezer paper
  • Cricut etc. (or an Xacto knife and your own imagination, if you dare)
  • iron

We are loving monsters at our house right now, so a monster it is!

Place the freezer paper shiny side down on the cutting mat. I used my deep cut blade (cause that’s what was in my machine, not cause I needed to. The regular cut blade will work just fine.) set to blade depth 6 and pressure 3.

Getting a clean cut can be tricky – the blade tore up the paper in a few spots but I smoothed it out with an Xacto knife. No big deal.

My T-shirt is a size boys XS so I cut this monster 7″.

This is the only tricky part – centering the design. I folded the shirt in half and marked the center of the hem and the neck and also folded my stencil in half and tried to line it up. Good enough!

Place the stencil shiny side down and iron in place.

Paint! Slip a piece of cardboard or cardstock in between the shirt layers or the paint may seep through.

I used two coats of white paint – I like a stark contrast so I try to do darker shirts with white paint, or white shirts with dark paint, etc.

So easy! And so cute.


1 Jen Duke September 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

Amen to all that you said. I’ve never thought of using freezer paper!!! Brilliant!

2 Kelsey September 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Maybe we should do another Grub Girls/Craft Night combo! The first one was so great there really should be a second…

3 Kim Brinkerhoff September 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

You could also try the reverse stencil . . . cut out the object, iron it on, then with a spray bottle filled with paint (probably diluted a little), spray immediately around the object, using less and less paint as you spray away from the center.

4 Kim Brinkerhoff September 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

Oops. I didn’t finish. So after spraying . . . let the paint dry, then remove the stencil. (maybe that was understood)

5 Kristin September 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I love freezer paper stencils. I’ve found that if I put the freezer paper dull side down on the mat, it sticks much better (without the tearing problem). I just flip (reverse) the image before I cut it. I also have had to use a few pieces of painters tape to keep the freezer paper from curling. (My newest cricut mats just don’t have much ‘stick’!)

6 Sue D September 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

What a fun idea! This would be perfect to decorate shirts for my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing this idea and where you bought the shirts.

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