We recently had an evening of making our own stencils, using the genius of freezer paper. Suddenly, a whole new world of designs opened up -- forget simple hearts, birds and flowers, you can really go to town with images when it's this easy!
There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to make stencils from freezer paper (such as Soulemama's here, and The Artful Parent's here), but the secret to it all is that when you iron freezer paper, it sticks to the fabric, making it very easy to paint the image.
And you can use any image at all! Draw your own, trace someone's silhouette from a photograph, draw around something, or -- as we did -- print out favourite images from online (searching for a keyword, such as 'pig', plus the word 'silhouette' usually brings up images that translate to stenciling very well).
Give it a try... I'm sure you'll be hooked! And, as always, please come back and show us your results!