Do-in-yourself (DIY) transfer paper or homemade transfer paper is made from waxed paper, wax coated parchment paper or wax coated meat wrapping paper. Making the paper is as simple as tearing or cutting the desired amount from the paper roll or package. The process to make the transfer requires the use of the appropriate drawing and colouring material. Make a do-it-yourself transfer in the time it takes to draw and colour or trace and colour the desired design.
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Things you need
- Waxed paper
- Oil pencils or crayons
- Brown wrapping paper
- Ironing board
Cut or tear a piece of waxed paper from the roll 12-inches long. Place the waxed paper on a smooth flat work surface.
Draw or trace the desired design on the waxed paper using oil pencils or crayons. Colour in all desired areas. Make sure to make any lettering backwards so it can be read when held up in-front of a mirror. The transfer process will print the lettering so it is read correctly when viewed.
Cut two pieces of brown packaging paper 2-inches larger than the waxed paper transfer.
Turn the iron to a cotton setting and allow to heat for three minutes.
Place the T-shirt on the ironing board so the transfer location is on the front of the T-shirt. Slide a piece of brown packaging paper in-between the front and back layer of the T-shirt. Make sure the brown packaging paper is centred directly under the desired transfer location. The brown paper prevents the transfer from adhering to the back of the T-shirt.
Turn the drawn transfer over so the oil pencil or crayon drawing is on the bottom of the transfer. Center the transfer in the desired location. Double check that the brown packaging paper between the T-shirt layers is centred under the design.
Place the second sheet of brown packaging paper directly over the waxed paper making sure to cover all edges. Place the iron in the upper left hand corner of the brown paper. Count to 15 then move the iron one iron width to the right. Count to 15 and continue the process. Move the iron to the second row. Begin at the outside edge and work across the design making sure all locations have been ironed for 15 seconds.
Remove the brown packaging paper. Turn off the iron and set it in a safe location to cool. Allow the waxed paper to cool for 30 seconds. Slowly peal the waxed paper from the T-shirt's surface. Allow to cool for five minutes before removing the paper from the inside of the T-shirt.