Five Felted Rings giveaway winner and freezer paper stencil tutorial

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Five Felted Rings Giveaway this past week!

The randomly selected winner is.....
Kim @ The Harris Family!
Kim, please email Sarah at to claim your ring!  :)


After my post on Friday, several of you asked about the freezer paper method of stenciling, so I thought I'd offer a tutorial on how it's done.  I had a second chair to redo, so it was the perfect opportunity to document the process.

Step One: Print out your design.  Lay a sheet of freezer paper over the design with the paper side facing up, and the shiny side down.

Step Two: Trace your design onto the freezer paper.

Step Three: with a very sharp exacto knife, cut out the letters.  Make sure you save any middle pieces.

Step Four: Place freezer paper on fabric.  I put the actual seat underneath so I could make sure the design was where I wanted it, in case it ran over the edges.
With a dry, (no steam) moderately hot iron, press the freezer paper onto the fabric.  The shiny side will adhere to the fabric.  I added in all of the middle pieces after the initial ironing.

Step Five:  With acrylic paint and a semi stiff brush, paint over your cutouts.  I did a mix of "pouncing" or dabbing the brush over the design, as well as brushing it on. It creates a nice mottled effect.
Let the paper stay on the fabric, and allow the paint to dry.

Step Six: Once the paint is dry, peel off the freezer paper.  You can continue with your project as is, or if you want to "age" your fabric a bit more, continue with the next step.
Step Seven: Wash your fabric in the washer with warm water and soap.  Dry on regular heat. It softens the look and removes some of the harder edges of the paint.

That's it!  Pretty simple!

Here's chair number two.  It has simpler lines than the first chair.  It is also vintage, but not quite as old as the first one. I used the same method to distress this one.  I may tweak it a bit more, but I like the similarities and differences of the two.

You may be wondering about the design....
I Googled "French grain sacks" and made up my own design based on a few different looks.
A closeup of some of the detail on the chair.
This one will also be waiting in the wings to go to the show.

I hope you all had a fun weekend!
Have a great week!


  1. That is how you do it! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Wow, I think I can be creative!! Thank you. I HAVE TO DO THIS!!! = )

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I've been wanting to try this.

  4. Your chair turned out so cute! I've been wondering about this technique. Thanks for sharing!

  5. awesome! i've wanting to do this but had no clue how to even start, thank you so much!

  6. That is great.

    stopping in and a new follower from circle of bliss. Look forward following.

  7. looks great! i've always wondered how that freezer paper stenciling works. thanks for clarifying for me :)

  8. so perfect....mmm....tryinng to think where I can use this?
    amazingly wonderful!

  9. I am dying to try this freezer paper stenciling on something! You chair looks so great! Love the design you chose. Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I have been wanting to try this method of ages but thought it sounded "scary". You have made it look not so scary. LOL!
    Oh, by the way - - LOVE the cow and the star.

  11. Thanks for the tip, Denise! Great post! Love the chair!

  12. When we bought the Lakeshore home, there was so much stuff in the house. My husband convinced me to keep the old dining table and he is open to painting it for me...we are looking for ideas on the paint and the recovering of the seats and this is such a fun idea! Miss Mustard Seed has been helping me with lots of paint ideas and I really like her carefree approach to painting wood furniture. I am going to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. I bought tracing paper ages ago, I just need to find the patience to do something with it. Great tutorial.

    Lisa x

  14. Denise, these chairs are so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial too! I am so impressed with your steady hand in cutting out the stencil!

    Have a great weekend!

  15. Great tutorial! thanks for posting it. Your chair looks fabulous.

  16. Thank you for the tutorial. I have heard about this technique before but haven't seen a clear tut.. thanks again!

  17. I just "found you" over at Remodalaholic and adore your kitchen/cabinet makeover!!... Amazing! I am your newest follower and can't wait to look around more! You are so gifted!


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