Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DIY: Polka Dot Jeans

It's time to get crafty! Not in an evil, conniving way. Just in a paint and old jeans kind of way. A couple weeks ago, I saw a pair of adorable polka dotted jeans while out shopping, but I couldn't justify spending $50 on a pair of pants I didn't need. Then I thought, maybe I could just make some! And so I did. 

This was a surprisingly easy project. 

This is what you'll need:
  • Jeans
  • Fabric paint (I used white)
  • A cork (You could use something else for different sized dots. A pencil eraser would be good for smaller dots.)
  • A plate covered in plastic wrap
  • A ruler
  • An old towel

Here's what to do:

Step 1: Find a pair of jeans you don't care too much about. You know, just in case something goes wrong. I used an old pair of skinnies that was a little worn in the knees, but not too bad. 

Step 2: Fence off the area you are working in. This step is only necessary if you have pets. That eat everything. And lie down on your clothes. Mine do all of this, so they hung out in the dining room/kitchen for a bit. 

Step 3: Lay out your jeans on a towel (to prevent paint spills). Pour some paint onto the plastic-covered plate, and dip the cork into it dabbing off any excess paint. Line up your ruler, and start dotting away! You can space out your dots as much as you want. I actually gave up on the ruler half way through because I was afraid of smudging the dots. I'm unlucky like that. And clumsy. 

Step 4: Let your pants dry for four hours (or as long as the bottle says), and flip over to do the back. I forgot to take a picture of the back side. I let my pants dry flat, then hung them (just to make sure they were completely done drying).

Step 5: Wear and style your newly repurposed pants! This project only cost me about $5 total (the cost of the paint), and I gave new life to an old pair of jeans. This, my friends, is recycling at its best. Okay, it would probably be at it's best if I had used jeans made out of recycled fabric or something. But the point is I didn't buy new pants. And I saved some dough. Win win! 

Here's the back, since I forgot to take a picture of them flat. I tried to continue the pattern from the front, but that got sort of hard. So the dots on the sides look a little weirdly spaced. Oh well.

I wore these today, and several people had no idea I did them myself. A couple people didn't even believe me when I told them. Until I pointed out some smudgy spots...

I'd love to hear about your own DIY projects! Have you had any success repurposing old clothes?


  1. emily this is SO COOL. i seriously LOVE these pants, girl. i kinda wanna try it, too!!

  2. I've been using paint to repurpose a lot of stuff lately, so I love this idea! I'm def. going to do this!!

  3. those jeans are soooo fab! I can't believe you made those yourself. I'll have to think of doing this myself!! xo


  4. Such a cute idea! They look like you bought them at the store- never would have guessed they were a DIY.

  5. WOW, I LOVE the end result of this DIY! These jeans look so awesome and just as you bought it from the store! And I love how you styled them in this outfit, you look super cute!


  6. That's sooo amazing! I don't normally do DIY because in the end I always end up messing up and ruining it. But this one doesn't seem too hard! They are so cute too! Follow me :)


  7. Nice job! They look awesome! :)

  8. This is so cool. I have been on the hunt for polka dot jeans with no luck. Inspiring stuff here :)


  9. these are great! I could never be so neat with my diys

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  10. you did such a good job on those jeans, definitely inspirational!

  11. found your blog via Daily Dani, had to click through to see where you got these pants! A fab DIY!

  12. I've seen hundreds of these tutorials on the internet but yours is the best! thanks so much :)
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