What I’ve learned so far from working with freezer paper: cutting out big shapes is much much much easier than cutting out dumb letters. Even when the letters are bumped up in font size and bolded for maximum coverage, carefully cutting out letters with an exacto knife is hard. I haven’t given up on the letter art just yet.


During a recent weekend between shoving Skittles in my mouth and watching the Twilight (Rifftrax version) movie marathon, I completed four shirts to hang back in my closet. Yay! I took an oversized navy blue shirt, made it more fitted, and painted the state of Wisconsin on it. Once the white paint dried after a few coats, I painted a small red heart near my previous residence.


Well, I thought the heart was near La Crosse, Wis., until Charlie looked at the shirt and shook his head. Apparently, I should have painted the heart a little bit higher on the map. Boooooo! I have no sense of direction. I heart La Crosse, but the shirt kind of indicates I love Fennimore or Lancaster, Wis., instead. This teaches me to not look at a map. Pooh.


After watching Jurassic Park — not Jurassic World — I decided I wanted a cute dinosaur shirt. I found a super cute baby dinosaur picture on the interweb and cut the shape out of freezer paper. I took an oversized red shirt, made it more fitted, and painted the baby dinosaur on the front. Charlie said the baby dinosaur looked more like a turtle — I disagreed. Am I right?


On my third shirt, I made it a tad bigger and painted a cute baby narwhal on it. I really want to use the freezer paper method to write: Dear Noah, we could have sworn you said the ark wasn’t leaving until 5 p.m. Sincerely, Unicorns. But I haven’t mastered the letter yet and I couldn’t find a unicorn photo I liked. So, I went with the next best thing: a cute baby narwhal.


For my last shirt, I made it a tad bigger, painted the words “I’m fine,” and created a blood splatter on the side. Think about any action movie, and the main character defeating all the bad guys in a battered and bloodied shirt. The shirt is an homage to all my favorite action heroes who don’t let a little blood stop them. Thanks, Pinterest, for the inspiration!

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5 replies »

  1. I just made my own Missouri shirt using your method with freezer paper! it turned out fantastic! I love this method — so easy and it looks professional!

  2. Thanks for the post! I just tried this project with the girls, and I loved it! Thanks so much for the idea, sweet girl! I’ll call you soon.

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