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DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

Mar 06, 2016

If you know me,  you know that my body [read: temperament] is just not meant for cold weather. Colorado, for me, between the months of May and October, is the most perfectly beautiful place in the world. And during those months, I love living here. Warm, dry days allow for spending nearly every moment outdoors, followed by cool desert-like nights (absolutely perfect campfire weather). But every other month? Snow? Naawwww girl, not for me.

But Colorado is an odd duck when it comes to predicting the weather; sometimes it snows until May, other times its already 60 degrees in March. My friends, it is one of those glorious times. The past few days have been beautiful! Mid-sixties, sunny, and ready to welcome Spring with open arms! 

Yea, it may snow in a few days, but until then I'm taking full advantage of the warm weather with a perfect "it's-almost-Spring-which-is-basically-summer" DIY project.

Introducing: ele-pants! *ba dum chhh* The most perfect Boulderite DIY accessory for outdoor yoga! Ya know, if you're into that sorta thing...

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

This project is super easy, but make sure you have a couple of hours to complete it - it isn't something you'll want to rush through.

 

You'll need:

Sweatpants (or whatever you'd like to stamp!)

Scrap fabric

Wooden Stamps (I bought my Elephant and Flower at Michaels, but Etsy also has a bunch!)

Sponges

Fabric paint

Paper grocery bags or cardboard

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

First, do a couple sample runs on scrap fabric to get a feel for using the wooden stamps. Dip your sponge into a glob of paint.

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

Apply the paint to the wooden stamp, pressing with your sponge to ensure complete coverage.

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

Press your stamp down onto the sample fabric - I applied pressure and made sure to push down on the edges of the stamp.

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

Lift up your stamp (it helps to hold the fabric taut with your other hand; the paint is sticky so holding the fabric down helps to keep the design intact while you lift the stamp upward)

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

Once you're satisfied with the design and feel comfortable using your stamps, go ahead and prep the item you want to design by placing some paper grocery bags or cardboard pieces inside. This is just so the fabric paint won't seep through to the other side. I put paper grocery bags inside the pant legs of my sweatpants.

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

Plan your design, and use sticky notes if needed, to help with spacing (if you used multiple pieces of cardboard to line the inside, make sure your stamp won't end up on an edge! You want your stamps to only be on smooth, flat surfaces)

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

Start stamping!

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

Depending on your stamps, and how much paint you used, the designs may differ in intensity as you go - don't fret! It can look vintage-y and authentic when some of the stamps are a bit faded.

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

And that's it! Let the fabric paint dry for at least 4 hours, and then feel free to strut outside in your sweet new ele-pants! Wait at least 72 hours before washing though, and turn the item inside-out before doing so.

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted Pants

 

Oh, and don't forget to make your boyfriend a sweet stamped ombre elephant t-shirt ;)

DIY: Wooden Stamp Painted T-shirt

 

 

xoxo,
   clarissa
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