Start by cutting your freezer paper. The first method to do that is to use a pair of scissors and cut any shape. Easy ones include hearts and triangles but you can try other ones as well. This is where it is great to get kids of all ages involved in cutting these shapes.
Then place the shapes with the SHINY side DOWN on your fabric. This is the most important part of stenciling with freezer paper.
Then press the stencils onto your fabric. You can use an iron on a press. Just press a few seconds and the freezer paper will be stuck into place.
Once all of the shapes have been ironed, it is time to paint. For this version, we are using Testors Fabric Spray Paint.
Just be sure to shake well and spray your fabric outdoors. You will also want to wait about 30 minutes before handling your project. I would also recommend protecting your surface well.
I did an ombre look to the towel with the fabric spray paint by spraying a lighter coat as I moved up the towel.
Repeat the same procedure with as many towels as you would like. Here I used the small scraps from my hearts to make triangles on a second towel.
This time I used a blue spray paint. You can use whatever colors you would like on these tea towels.
The second option is for those that want a more intricate design or have smaller children that can't make the cuts with scissors. You can also cut the design yourself from the center of freezer paper or even use a Cricut machine to cut a design.
Press on in the same manner. For this type of design, you will also want to add things like the centers of letters with your iron. If you are going to let small children paint this tea towel, I would add more freezer paper around the edge or tape paper to protect the rest of the towel.
To make this easy for little kids, I used a kitchen sponge cut into some small pieces. Be sure to put paper under the towel to protect your surface. Then just dab on Testors craft paint as it is good to use on fabric. I used two different colors but you can choose as many or as few as you would like.
When using the craft paint, you can remove the freezer paper right away. Just peel it away from the fabric. It really does remove that easily!
You can then remove the centers of letters. I used pair of tweezers to remove mine.
Once 30 minutes has passed, you can also remove the freezer paper from the spray painted towels. Just peel them back in the same manner as described above.
Once all of your freezer paper is removed, be sure to allow the paint to dry and cure completely. I also like to heat set fabric paint with an iron once it is dry. Then your tea towels are ready for gift giving to mom or grandma.