DIY Thanksgiving Pillow {Freezer Paper Stencil}

15 Nov

Angie and I had a conversation the other day on the whole Silhouette/Cricut product…we want one but we really don’t want to spend the money on it.

We could buy a whole lotta junk to paint for the price of Silhouette.

I told Angie that I just made a pillow using a freezer paper stencil and it worked beautifully.

And for a fraction of the cost, literally.  A huge roll of freezer paper cost me $3.99.  Now, if Silhouette wants to send Angie and I one to try out, we are all for it…but for now, Angie and I both feel the same that a Silhouette is not in our budget.

So…I give you the good old freezer paper stencil tutorial.

My first thoughts were to use a green burlap and silver glitter spray.  That did not turn out as planned.  It was awful. Krylon’s Glitter Blast is not my friend right now.

After the burlap flop, I went through my pile of fabric and found a pretty winter white cotton and used my favorite Martha Stewart Vintage Gold Metallic paint.  I love that paint…love it.

First, I created a template, found HERE or HERE.

Printed on the DULL side of the freezer paper

Taped it to cardboard.

Using an exacto knife, traced around each letter to create my stencil.

freezer paper stencil

Then, with a hot iron, ironed with the SHINY side down on the fabric.

With my daughter’s paintbrush, dipped and painted…

martha stewart metallic gold paint vintage gold


Then carefully peeled away the freezer paper.


I used a little gem for the “A”

Sewed 3 sides, stuffed…and sewed the last side…

And there she is…sitting pretty.


Do you love?  Have you ever used freezer paper before?

I’m dying to make something else using a freezer paper stencil and I think I have something in mind for Christmas…and so does Angie!

Happy Tuesday, friends!!



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11 Responses to “DIY Thanksgiving Pillow {Freezer Paper Stencil}”

  1. Andrea @ Vegvacious November 15, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    I’ve always said that I’m not a crafty kinda gal (I tend to get glue & glitter from head to toe!), but between all of your DIY crafts and all of the ideas I get from Pinterest, I think I’m going to have to start trying my hand at some of these easy ideas! I LOVE this pillow!

  2. Samantha November 15, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    That is the cutest pillow. I might try it with a Christmas twist. Thanks for sharing- visiting from Home Stories.

  3. Jessica November 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Clever! I’d love to have you link up to my party at Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jennifer November 16, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    super cute!!

  5. Latoya @The Scotts Crib November 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Oooh, I really really like that…very clever!

  6. Michelle at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust November 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    What an adorable idea. I love the little rhinestone in the center of the A.

    Warmly, Michelle

  7. Maridith@ Strictly Homemade November 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    First, I love the pillow and that you used the Martha Stewart paint. Did you add a fabric medium to it or just use it plain? Second, I use to do the same thing you did until I got my Silhouette. Sometimes it is just as easy to use the old exacto knife rather then pulling out the machine! Third, you ladies are super talented and I so appreciate you sharing at Strictly Homemade Tuesday. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!!

  8. Kim June 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Contact Paper (the sticky shelf and drawer liner) makes a great stencil material also. I use it mostly for etching glass/mirrors, but since it has a sticky side it is really easy to keep from moving around.

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