Tutorial: How to Freezer Paper Stencil (or Fake Silk Screen) a Necktie

Stencil ready to be painted.The next step is to find and cut your stencil, and iron it to the necktie.

You can find stencils online and in books; I tend to use my Cricut for most of my stencils, because I can specify exact size and the Cricut handles all the fiddly cutting for me. If you’re freehanding your stencil, however, just remember that the x-acto knife is your best friend. Unless it cuts you, and then it’s not.

Cut your stencil out of freezer paper, which you can find in the grocery store or in specialty fabric crafting stores. We’re going to be freezer paper stenciling onto the necktie; if you don’t know how to freezer paper stencil, feel free to read through some freezer paper stencil techniques and tutorials first, but know that it really is very simple.

You now need to iron your freezer paper stencil, shiny side down, to your necktie. You may be starting to freak out right now about this, because the neckties are made of silk, after all, but again, do not worry. The difficulty of ironing silk is way overblown, frankly–your iron has a silk setting, for pete’s sake! Set your iron to the silk setting, or to its lowest setting, and press the stencil to the necktie in three-second increments. Once the stencil is stuck down to the necktie, you may stop ironing and start breathing again.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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