When my sister in law announced her 4th pregnancy was going to be a boy I knew almost instantly what I wanted to make for the baby. Fire trucks are always a cute choice for little boys, but when your daddy is a fireman, well, then fire trucks are a must have. I’ve been wanting to try freezer paper stenciling, and this seemed like a good time to try it out. And I thought adding some personal touches would make for a sweet gift and keepsake.
So with this idea monopolizing all my waking thoughts, I set off to try my hand at freezer paper stenciling. Awhile back I pinned this awesome tutorial from Made. It was super easy to follow and she has some cute project ideas too. I kinda want to stencil everything now.
First order of business was to find freezer paper. Um, not as easy as you might think. Traditionally used for packaging meats, freezer paper would surely be sold in grocery stores right? Wrong. Target? Um no. Drugstore? Nope. Seriously I went to 5 stores looking for this stuff and finally found it at a…hardware store! Thank you True Value for being my local go to for all the things I need that big box stores can’t be bothered to carry.
Okay back to stenciling. With all my supplies finally in place, I set out to tracing and cutting my stencil. I say stencil, because my original plan was one shirt, the one with the firefighter emblem on it. But then I thought, ooh, I can add a name to the back. Ooh, and what about a little fire truck. And so on, and so on. So I made 4 shirts, I love them all and I’m glad I did them. Just note, this is a highly addictive craft and you will want to keep going.
I found the images on Google and then used Word to write out the names and phrases. The hardest part was tracing and cutting out all the details, that took the longest. After ironing the shiny side of stencil to the shirt, I covered it with two coats of paint and let it dry overnight. I think it took me 2 or 3 evenings to make these and they all turned out perfect the first time. Which is a good thing, since I am a procrastinator and peeled the last stencil off the morning of the baby shower.
They’re all so cute, it’s hard to choose my favorite. I love the “L’il Engine #4” with the old fashion fire engine. Of course the emblem has daddy’s ladder “L-5” and name on the back just like a real firefighter. It’s hard to choose.
I’m very happy with how they turned out. My sister in law and I both cried when she opened them, sappy right? I’m not even pregnant. I can’t wait to see the little bugger in them. I’ll add a photo of him once they fit.
I love seeing clothes on baby bumps! Isn’t she gorgeous? Hard to believe there will be a new little bundle in just a few weeks!