Things You'll Need
- Collapsible can koozies (in your choice of color)
- Stencil brushes
- Paint brushes
- Stencils (precut Mylar or homemade)
- Permanent paint
Koozies are used to keep bottles and cans of beverages cold. Usually made of polyester, koozies are affordable gifts that usually cost around $1 or less if you buy in bulk. Available in a wide range of colors, koozies can be customized. Using stencils, you can create a variety of printed koozies for friends and family to enjoy at home, parties or other celebrations.
Prepare the Workspace
Prepare the workspace by making sure it is clear of dust and other items that will interfere with the process. If you do not want your surface to be damaged, cover it with an old sheet or drop cloth.
Gather materials in an orderly fashion. Make sure they are within reach. Having craft materials spread out creates a frustrating work environment.
Wear an apron or clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Printing on koozies is a messy process, especially when it is time to clean up.
The Printing Process
Place the koozie in the center of your workspace and select a design and paint color.
Place the stencil directly on the center of the koozie, using the thumb and index finger to hold the stencil down on the top corners.
Select brush and dip them in paint. Stencil thoroughly, and make sure the paint is an even thickness over the stencil spaces. Experiment with brush technique for creative designs and a custom look.
When finished, gently remove the stencil slowly. This prevents the paint from smearing onto the koozie. Let paint dry for at least 24 hours, or follow the paint label's drying time instructions.
Work slowly. Rushed work supplies sloppy results. Don't skimp when buying stencils.
When working with paint, work in a well-ventilated room.
Melissa Chichester has been an active writer since 2003. Her work has appeared in "Red Weather Literary Magazine" and online at Skirt.com, LongStoryShort.net and PankMagazine.com. Chichester holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Minnesota State University and a Bachelor of Science in English from Northern Michigan University.