Mermaid Chronicles: Rehearsal Gear

To begin my mermaid chronicles I am going to share some of the rehearsal gear I’ve made.  Its been quiet a few years since I have danced for real.  I did show choir and theater and danced along with the kids but as for performing on stage that has been a good 10 year.  Yikes typing that now makes me feel even more nervous!  That being said my body has changed quiet a bit in the last 10 years and therefore I will not attempt to embarrass myself by trying on old leotards.  So yoga pants and t-shirts it is!  I have plenty of yoga pants from my show choir days but my current t-shirt stash pretty much only consist of shirts from my work.  Since I am a little silly and love a good funny shirt I wanted to make some of those instead of being boring in black and white every rehearsal.

When I was in my crazy Mary Poppins phase a few years ago I was doing everything imaginable to show my love for Mary.  My husband bought me the books for my birthday, I watched the movie and Saving Mr Banks over and over again and I made a Mary Poppins shirt.  Around this same time I found something on Pinterest about making screen print shirts using freezer paper.  I figured that can’t be too hard so I tried it out.

This is way easier than you think.  I followed this link to see how the process is done but I wanted to sum it up for you guys just to show how easy it is.

  1. Find a picture or text you would like on the shirt.  I Googled Disney silhouettes and found all kinds of cool images. *hint* the less detail in the picture the better
  2. Take a piece of freezer paper and place it shiny side down on top of the printed picture.  This works best if you tape the picture down and the freezer paper down onto a hard surface.
  3. Use an Exact-o knife and trace the image until all that is left is a stencil of the image.
  4. Line up your image wherever you would like it on your shirt and iron the stencil shiny side down.  The stencil is now stuck to your shirt so that you can color in.
  5. Use fabric paint to color your stencil in.  I did my Mary Poppins shirt with one simple color but I have done others that I have used multiple colors.  Make sure to put a thick layer of paint on.
  6. Once your stencil is painted pull off the freezer paper.  Sometimes its a little tricky to get this off but I find it helps if you use tweezers to help get it off.
  7. let the paint dry overnight and then place shirt in the dryer to set it.

That’s all it takes.  It will stay on just like a screen print.  I’ve had this shirt for almost 2 years and it still looks exactly the same.  For Mermaid I decided to do a few different shirts.  As a Disney lover I wanted to do something silly that I love that was outside of the box.  I love A Goofy Movie and even more so I love POWERLINE.  So I made a Powerline tour t-shirt.  I also saw a really cute mermaid shell shirt on the Disney Store website and I figured I could do that, so I made one of those too.  I made a couple more but I’ll save those for later.

But crafty and non-crafty friends alike you should totally try this.  If its just decorating a onesie, making shirts for a trip or trying your own monogram this trick will save you big bucks.


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