How to Put a Picture on a T-Shirt Using Freezer Paper

Screen-printed T-shirts can cost a considerable amount, especially when you consider that the only difference between a plain and printed T-shirt is a little paint. Transfer your own sketches onto the front of plain T-shirts to sell, give as gifts or wear yourself, using a little freezer paper. The only added expense is the cost of the paper and fabric paint when you design and make your own T-shirts.

Things You'll Need

  • Freezer paper

  • Pencil

  • Craft knife

  • T-shirt

  • Iron

  • Cardboard

  • Fabric paint

  • Foam brush

Step 1

Sketch a design you want for your T-shirt on the non-waxy side of the freezer paper using a pencil.

Step 2

Cut out the design using a craft knife.

Step 3

Lay the stencil you created onto the T-shirt, where you want the picture to be, with the waxy side down.

Step 4

Set your iron on the heat setting for cotton with the steam function turned off.

Step 5

Iron the wax paper onto the T-shirt until the wax has melted, temporarily adhering the paper to the shirt.

Step 6

Slide a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to protect the second layer of the shirt from the paint that may bleed through.

Step 7

Use a foam brush to dab fabric paint over the stencil to transfer the picture onto the shirt.

Step 8

Gently peel the wax paper from the shirt and wait for the paint to dry.

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