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Break out the sweatshirts and boots, winter (or what passes for winter) is finally upon us in LA! Yes folks, sweater weather is here and the snuggle is real. So much so that I decided I MUST make one this year. And you can too! Honestly, I’m a bit obsessed with this idea and will probably end up making a mommy and me version for all of my mom friends. Is anyone else excited to snuggle up with a good book, cozy slippers and your best furry friend?
As much as I love to freezer paper stencil things, I fell in love with these woodland stencils from Plaid and Handmade Charlotte. I only used the letters for this project, but the designs and the modern retro feel in the package gave me a ridiculous amount of inspiration for one of my nanny kid’s birthday parties.
DIY The Snuggle is Real Stenciled Sweatshirt
Time: 1 hour or less
Cost: $15 or less (depending on whether you have the sweatshirt on hand)
Cozy/Cuteness level: 12
Mens XL Sweatshirt
Handmade Charolotte Woodland Stencils
Cardboard Tshirt Form or poster board
Acrylic Paint – I used black
Paint Vessel or surface (something to use as a palette)
Straight edge or ruler
Pre-wash sweatshirt as directed to get the sizing out. Once it’s dry, insert the tshirt form or poster board to keep the paint from bleeding through.
Use the straight edge and pencil to mark out an outline for even stenciling. Using the center of the collar as a guide, draw a line straight down. Then starting 4-5 inches down, draw horizontal lines about 10 inches across and spaced 2 inches apart.
Remove the scrap pieces from the stencils.
Use the guides to stencil in letters with the foam pouncer. Work from the center out of each line. So for THE and SNUGGLE, start with the H and G respectively, centered on the center line. For IS and REAL, space evenly between the center line, and so on.
Allow the design to dry and use the iron to set the paint. If you’re not a fan of collars, this is the time to use your fabric scissors and cut it off. Wash on regular to remove pencil marks and it’s time to snuggle!