Stars, hearts and lightening blots are ‘in’ this fall for kids. We’re seeing them everywhere from J. Crew’s girls’ leggings to Autumn Cashmere’s intarsia sweaters… and everywhere in between.

DIY Freezer Paper Stencil Tee - (cool) progeny

Did you know that with a little freezer paper and fabric paint you can let your future Project Runway star create her own graphic tee?

I can’t take credit for this after-school craft. I saw it on Jennifer Cooper’s blog years ago and knew I wanted to give it a go when the Bug was old enough.

It’s a super simply DIY that’ll have your mini fashionista strutting the catwalk – err, school sidewalk.

DIY Freezer Paper Stencil Tee - (cool) progeny

Here’s what you need:

  • T-Shirt
  • Fabric Paint
  • Freezer Paper
  • Foam Brush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Graphic Element (I used a star coloring page)
  • Iron

DIY Freezer Paper Stencil Tee - (cool) progeny

How to make the shirt:

1. Start with a shirt. Any shirt will do. The Bug is a huge fan of fuchsia, so this striped shirt worked well!

2. Create a stencil out of freezer paper. I printed a star coloring book page, cut the star out and we traced it onto freezer paper together. You could have your child hand draw something on freezer paper (matte side) like this and cut their drawing out with an x-acto knife. Me, being not-so-super-crafty, went for a design that only required scissors.

3. Iron the freezer paper stencil onto your t-shirt, glossy side down. It will stick to the fabric!

4. Have your pint-sizer paint within the stencil using a foam brush.

5. Let the shirt dry (about 30 minutes). Turn it inside out and iron again to set the paint.

6. Wear with pride! The Bug literally strut wearing her shirt: I made it myself!

DIY Freezer Paper Stencil Tee - (cool) progeny