I have been seeing cute things with “hello” written on them in various ways all over the place and thankfully this is an easy trend to get in on. So, I took matters into my own hands. I found a plain shirt at Target on sale for $7 and I used a freezer paper stencil to paint it. My itch has been scratched! Bonus, I made a couple templates that you can download for free if you’d like to try this too.
freezer paper (it’s by the foil at the grocery store)
plain shirt or other fabric item to stencil
access to a printer
scissors or x-acto knife
piece of cardboard (part of a cereal box or the back of a notebook will do if you can’t find any other cardboard around)
What to do:
Step 1: print hello or oh hey image
Step 2: heat up your iron
Step 3: cut a piece of freezer paper to the same size as your printout and place your hello underneath it with the waxy side of the freezer paper facing down, touching the printed paper. trace your design. don’t forget to trace the inside details of your letters and what-not too, you’ll need those.
Step 4: cut your design out carefully. the way you cut the design out is the way it will look on your final product.
Step 5: place your piece of cardboard inside the shirt. this is to prevent the paint from going through to the back. cut another piece of freezer paper and place that inside your shirt, on top of the cardboard with the waxy side facing UP.
Step 6: place your freezer paper with the design taken out on your shirt. you want the design you’ll be painting to be exposed on your shirt (see the photo below if you don’t know what I mean) do this with the waxy sides facing DOWN. place them carefully where you want the design to be and iron it down. the waxy sides being ironed together well is what makes the stencil work. make sure the edges are securely “stuck.”
Step 7: paint! using your sponge brush paint the design onto your shirt. be careful around the edges not to let the brush go under an edge. you can do just one coat, or do one and wait twenty minutes to do another coat.
Step 8: let it dry for a few hours or overnight. remove stencil pieces carefully. you are done!
If you’d like to download the word “hello” or the phrase “oh hey” just like mine, click here. There is one of each phrase in each font. If you’d like to do a different word but use one of the same typefaces they are both fonts you can download for free. Click here for the one I used to write “oh hey” and here for the one I used to write “hello.”
Step 9: Instagram a picture so your friends will know about your new shirt.
It was difficult to get my hair to stay out of the way of the words for this picture. Here is my frustrated face captured so perfectly by the self-timer app. The “Oh hey” shirt happens to be my favorite.
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