Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I actually made something for the occasion. I’ve been wanting to make these shirts ever since I saw similar shirts online. Why pay $40+ when I can make them for a lot less??
You will need the following things: one shirt for ‘mommy’, one shirt (preferably matching) for ‘me’, freezer paper*, an exacto knife or die-cut machine, fabric or acrylic paint, a foam paintbrush, and cardboard.
*Freezer paper is not wax paper or parchment paper or any other kind of paper but you can easily find it in the same aisle at the store.
I used my Cricut to make the stencil which really made it a lot easier. Cut a piece of freezer paper to fit the mat and place it shiny side down. There’s no need to do a mirror image like you would for iron on vinyl.
If you don’t have a die-cut machine you can freehand or trace something onto the matte side of the freezer paper and then cut it with an exacto knife (this is the one I have).
You cannot reuse these stencils so you’ll either need two matching full hearts or you need to make each half separately.
Figure out where you want the heart to be and iron it in place, shiny side down. It will stick securely to the fabric but it’s easy to pull up if you need to adjust it. Add the letters.
Place cardboard inside the shirt so paint doesn’t bleed through and use a foam brush to dab paint on the shirt, taking extra care around the edges to make sure they’re crisp and defined.
Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and apply another layer of paint. Then let it dry for another 10-15 minutes before gently pulling the freezer paper away. Leave the cardboard inside while it dries overnight.
REPEAT WITH SECOND SHIRT. And if you made two full heart stencils, make sure you’re using the opposite side of the heart. You want to be BEST FRIENDs not BEBE FRIFRIs.
Voila! Adorable Valentine shirts for you and the little girl who still thinks you hung the moon and are made of glittery magic. 🙂
P.S.: I told you I would blog more!
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