how to make a freezer paper transfer {why freezer paper NEEDS to be in your stash}

Creative people like to do things NOW.  Not later.  Not when you go get the supplies, gather them all up and wait...but now.  Which is why I have a lot of supplies sitting around in my stash.  Because you never know when you will NEED to make something right now, because you just have to.

Freezer paper is one of those things that you need to keep handy.
It's cheap and useful for lots of things and helps a lot with the "do it now" factor that I was talking about.

Case in point...sign making.

I'm in the process of redoing the boys bathroom and wanted something like this (see above) to hang in there.
Plus, I'll be working on a HUGE project for my church soon and I needed a way to transfer A LOT of letters and tracing and painting in was not going to cut it. 

Time to learn how to use the freezer paper method.
I did.  And now I'm a believer.

Want to learn?

You will need:
cardstock
gluestick
ink jet printer
wood to transfer onto
metal spoon

 Step one is to cut a piece of freezer paper the same size as standard printer paper (8 1/2 by 11).
Lightly go over your cardstock with your glue stick.  Pay close attention to the edges, especially the edge where your paper will feed into your printer.   Glue as close to the edges as possible.

Lay your freezer paper ON TOP of the glue WAXY SIDE UP.  Smooth down.  Tape down any edges that do not want to lay flat and "be at one" with your cardstock.  Again, pay special attention to the edge that will feed into the machine first. 
Now once you have created what you want your sign or project to say in your word processor you are going to print it.  You will need to "flip horizontally" or "mirror" image before you print.  Google can help you figure this out if you don't know how.

This works best if you print "best quality".  Place your created freezer paper/cardstock in your printer paying attention to how your printer feeds the paper in...you want to print on the waxy side.  
Now print.  Your result will be this...your words printed onto wax.
The ink will be WET so do NOT TOUCH it.
It may take a time or two trying to figure out the method but it will work.
I think I did it five times before I got it right.
Very carefully, without touching the ink, cut the words apart and lay them face down where you will want to transfer them to.  Do not lay them down until you are sure you have them where you want them.  Use a bit of tape to hold them in place.  (Above) I cut a notch in the center of each word to make it easier to line them up.
Using a spoons edge, rub the cardstock very hard to transfer the ink.  You can help to hold the cardstock in place with your other hand (that's just a little difficult to do while taking a photo). :)
This method (spoon flat) does not work as well.  FYI.
You can carefully lift up the transfer to check your progress and lay it down again (carefully) to rub it a little more.  I am sure the results may vary depending on the type of wood you use.  I was using very rough pallet wood. 
Once I was done transferring my words I glued my slats to two other slats with wood glue.  :)
Then I painted a frame around it...which I will sand later. :)

I hope you enjoy making some fun signs!  Be patient with learning this technique, it is mildly tricky at first but once you get it, it's VERY easy! :)

This method also works on fabric!

Have fun!

xo

These picture hangers  might be an interesting way to hang something like this. :)

28 comments:

Angie from Dear Spring Green said...

Wow! I saw your adorable sign on IG this morning, and here is your cute tutorial already! Thank you!

Bunnyslady said...

Thanks for posting ANOTHER awesome tutorial for us. I love reading your blog.

Kim said...

What?! I had no idea freezer paper could be used for this. I have just used it for fabric stencils. Thank so much!

gina said...

Love this technique and LOVE that song!!!

Katie McKeighan said...

awesome idea! love this!! I bought some of those plastic bags you did for the St. Pattys Day project a bit ago and was wondering if you still had an Easter project with them up your sleeve. My daughters party is Wed and I need ideas. Thanks:))

Megan said...

Well I found my project for this weekend. I love love love that song!We have seriously empty walls in our bedroom and this would be perfect. I have never tried the freezer paper technique before, hopefully I can get it.
Thanks Crystal!!!

Also how has no one else commented on how awesome this is?!? ;)

sara luke said...

Clever.

Victoria said...

Very cool! Looks like I need some freezer paper.

Jessica Jones said...

what size is your sign?

TrinaOtt said...

If you use this method on fabric, is it washable? Thanks!

ruth rachel said...

sorry to be so dense but what is freezer paper? never saw this at the grocery store. also- step one, are you putting the freezer paper in the printer? I am not following this;-(

nevilparmar said...

Superbbbb idea...

nevilparmar said...

Awesome I tried it ...thanks

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Barb said...

I just bought a woodburner and am eager to try it. This tutorial will be helpful in order to transfer patterns. Does the printer have to be an inkjet or can it be a laser printer? I saw on another site that someone used a (mini) iron. I'm wondering if, with the wax, that would work here. Anyway, thanks for putting in the effort to get this out to people.

Serena Foisy said...

I tried something similar to this using packing tape on one side of the paper and it works the same way. If you put a layer of clear drying glue, like Mod Podge overtop when its dry it helps to make the colours brighter and also seals the colours in so it will last longer. You can also use a clear spray paint if your project will be exposed to weather outside.It's my new favourite project to do!

Jolon Andrade said...

Awesome post, would you mind sharing the font that you used as well!?!?!

April NewToRaw said...

What exactly is Freezer Paper? Never heard of it. Wax paper, parchment paper yes but Freezer Paper nope. Anyone know what its called here in Canada?

Teri Mays said...

Thank you so much! Making a family est sign and was unhappy with letters I had found else where but knew I would not be able to paint the font I wanted. It was a fancy script. Redoing it now cause this is AWESOME and I'm able to do my font. Thank you Thank you!!!!!

Belinda said...

This is awesome! Thank so much for the tutorial!!

Hannalora Van Nevel said...

I totally do not have time for anymore craft projects... but I think that I need to make some time now!! That's for the instructions--so easy to read.

Unknown said...

For those of you who asked about freezer paper, although it's available in the grocery store and you may have missed it there, you've seen it a million times! It's what your butcher wraps meat in! (Thin paper on one side and thin waxy paper on the other to keep the meat juices from leaking through!)

koothrunner said...

I'm an Aussie and have never heard of "freezer paper" either. When I read that it's what the butcher wraps meat in with a thin waxy layer on paper, we don't have this in Australia but we do have what we call "wax lunch wrap" so I wonder if this will work. I'm going to give it a try and I'll report back for all those Aussies who may read this and want to know if it works. Give me a few days to do it though :)

Rhonda King said...

I am an Aussie too and I bought freezer paper off ebay. I think it came from Qld . Hope this helps.

Stephanie Thibodeaux said...

Is Parchment Paper the same as Freezer wax paper?

Stephanie Thibodeaux said...

TEXAS NATIVE U.S.

Asha said...

Can I use this on t shirts

Donna M said...

I have an inkjet printer (laser printers don't work for this project). I followed all of the directions very carefully and found that the ink just beaded on the waxy side of the freezer paper. Are there different types of freezer paper? Do you have any suggestions as to how I might make this work?

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