Crafts: Cullen Crest Stenciled Tee

Cullen Crest T-shirt

I made this little gem of a shirt over the summer while waiting for Breaking Dawn to arrive. It’s based on the Cullen Family Crest, as shown by MTV over the summer.

I did take some artistic license to make this a stencil. It’s a complicated bit of cutting, but well worth the patience!

Note:  Cutting with an Exacto Knife is dangerous.  Please be very careful!


In lieu of individual photos of the process, take a look at my how-to video for stenciling, which you may remember from this post. There are lots of ways to create a stencil. This is how I do it. I did not include glitter on the Cullen Crest T-shirt.

Text Directions:

  1. Pre-wash t-shirt without fabric softener.
  2. Print stencil onto freezer paper (matte side).
  3. Carefully cut out with an exact-o knife. There are loads of fiddly bits, so take your time and be careful.
  4. Set iron to medium.
  5. Place cardboard or newspaper inside t-shirt.
  6. Place stencil on t-shirt with a piece of blank paper on top (that keeps the tiny pieces in place) then carefully press with the iron.
  7. Use the foam brush to gently paint on the fabric paint.
  8. Allow a few minutes to dry, then carefully remove the stencil. For the tiny pieces, use a straight pin to help get them started for easier removal.
  9. Finish drying according to manufacturer’s directions.

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also posted on craftster and cut out + keep

19 thoughts on “Crafts: Cullen Crest Stenciled Tee

  1. samantha

    Thank you SO much – I was looking for a clipart-style version of the Cullen crest for stenciling a shirt, and lo and behold I found your site. I also love the video tutorial – I’ve only just started stenciling, so that was incredibly helpful! You are made of win. I’ll let you know how the shirt turns out!

      1. samantha

        Hey again! Here’s the shirt – I ended up blowing the crest up a couple of sizes, then printed it in four pieces before putting my stencil together. I’ve been letting everyone know where I found the stencil!

        (On the back I did “Team Cullen” and the number 18 in a font called “Bosox” for that old-timey baseball look!)

  2. Aly

    I know this probably sounds dumb, but why the freezer paper? Does it help it stick to the shirt to keep the paint from bleeding? I’m just wondering because I love making shirts and this is a new one for me and I’m really intrigued.

    LOVE the stencil/shirt I’m definitely going to be making one next weekend. 🙂

    1. ofenjen Post author

      That’s exactly it! Freezer paper makes a nice temporary bond to the fabric that cuts down on almost all bleeding from the paint.


      1. Kristy

        I tried looking in the Supermarket for freezer paper, but they dont sell it. I looked in 5 other markets I go to but they didnt have it either. Is there anywhere else you could but it?

        1. ofenjen Post author

          If you can’t find it at the supermarket, sometimes quilt stores will sell it in packets that are made for going through your printer. You can also order it from Amazon.

          Good luck with your project!


  3. Phyllis Cullen

    I see mention of an available pattern of this but no indication of how to order it. I would sure like to have it!
    Thaks, Phyllis Cullen

  4. Aly

    I tried making the shirt and I had some issue’s ironing down the freeze paper (my shirt didn’t come out very well) . Do you have any tips for that? How long should you press it down with the iron for? Maybe I’m not doing it long enough or too long. I don’t know, any tips would be greatly appreciated.


    1. ofenjen Post author

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that!

      Hmmmm… It usually takes me just a few swipes with a hot iron to get the paper to stick. If you had fabric softener in your shirt, it could be that or it might just be the complexity of the stencil itself. It could also be your ironing surface. My ironing board is pretty non-flexible, which I think helps make it easier to iron the stencils on, but if it were squishy, they might not stick as well.

      Is there anyway you can salvage your shirt? Maybe you could outline with a paint pen or liner brush?

      Hope this helps a little!


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