I’m sure you’ve all heard of using freezer paper as stencils to iron onto fabric. If you haven’t, be aware, it’s addicting!!! I can’t stop. All I do is try to think about what else I can stencil! A while ago, I got this lamp from Target. I got it to decorate it some way, I just didn’t know what at the time. I got these adorable stencils by Martha Stewart, and as soon as I got them, I knew that’s what I’d be doing on the lamp. Only, after I painted over the stencil, I saw all the paint had gotten under it and bled, so there were no sharp lines, and it looked awful. The reason for this, was the stencil was too thick to lie on something that curves the way a lampshade does. So now that I’ve discovered the amazing use of freezer paper, I tried it out on my lampshade, and it came out awesome!! Now, my lampshade is made with polyester, so it’s ok to iron that, obviously a low heat, but I wouldn’t do it on a plastic shade (I know that’s so obvious, but some people are…well, dumb lol). I got this ironing board last year, from Target (I’m a Target fiend) when we moved into our place, and I just LOVE the print on it. So I used it as my inspiration to make my stencil.
Starting on a low heat setting, I ironed my stencil onto the lampshade. The reason the freezer paper sticks, is because the heat from the iron melts the wax on the paper. It’s not going to completely adhere, but just enough so it won’t move around while painting.