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Monday, March 24, 2014

DIY Polka Dot Pants

We've all seen them. An adorby pair of polka dot pants in your fave store just hanging there saying "Buy Me" - "Buy Me". The other part we also see? The price tag. OUCH! Keeping up with the latest trends can get pricey pricey these days. BUT. Thankfully. There is a way to get your polka on (literally) without breaking the bank. Three little letters: D-I-Y. It doesn't get much simpler than polka dot pants. You only need 3 ingredients: pants, fabric paint & foam pouncer. Read on, my friends. Read on.




I went to Deseret Industries ("D.I." - as we call it - a LDS thrift store) and bought a pair of used skinny jeans for $3. One time through the wash and they are good as new.




You can buy fabric paint, or make your own. I always opt for making my own. SO cheap and easy to make just a little for your current project. Buy a fabric medium and mix 2 parts paint with 1 part medium. I use a couple cupcake liners stacked to mix my paint. That way, I can toss it when I'm done.






Dip your paint in your pouncer and get your polka on! You can do a pattern or just random dots. I started with dots close together in more of a pattern, but I didn't like the look. I finished doing random dots farther apart and loved the final look.




Let dry overnight. If you want to be extra sure your paint stays, I always run a hot iron over everything to help it stay put. Wear your pants loud and proud - knowing you saved lots of money designing your own, one-of-a-kind polka dot pants! You can buy a lot of Mike & Ike's with all that saved money. ;)




p.s. I took these photos in Daybreak here in Utah. Isn't it gorgeous there?! /sigh - I just love it.




Thanks for hanging on this fabulous Monday! Do you have a fave DIY clothing project? Link it up in the comments! I'd love to PIN it. :)

xo

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50 comments:

  1. I will totally be making these!! Polka dots are my thing. i may make some for my girl as well!! Thanks so much for this :) Beautiful pictures btw ;) http://likeamorningcupofcoffee.blogspot.com/

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  2. LOVE this site - I just found you through Creative K Kids. I wish I'd had the Maternity Countdown Shirt a few weeks ago! At any rate, these jeans are super cute and I'm pinning them.

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  3. Such a great idea!! Love that you make your own fabric paint too. You look so stylish. ;-)

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  4. Thanks, Heather! I love putting polka dots on anything. It's been so fun updating my old wardrobe on the cheap! Thanks for stopping by. :) xo

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  5. Dee - you can totally use fabric paint on leggings! I actually have a leggings tutorial in the works. ;)

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  6. Darn - maybe next time or the maternity shirt?! I sell them and it's been SO FUN to make them and send them to expecting mommas! Thanks for pinning these jeans. How nice of you! :) xo

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  7. Ha ha thanks, Teresa! I always feel pretty silly having pics taken of myself, but it's been fun to step out of my shell a little. :) Have a good day! xo

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  8. Your wardrobe is so cute, and you've made it even more cute!!! :) LOVE it!

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  9. Super cute DIY fashion makeover. My girls love to personalize their things and this is such a fun project.

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  10. Thanks, Amberly! I seriously wear the same like 5 outfits every week. But it's fun to gussy up something old and make it new! :) We need to get together! xo

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  11. Totally! My niece LOVES polka dots (almost as much as I do, ha ha) - this is such an easy project for kids of all ages to do. You can switch up the size of dots and paint them in any color. Have fun! If you make something like this, you have to let me know. I want to see! :) xo

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  12. Thanks, Alexis!! You are so nice. Take care! xo

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  13. These are so cute! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing it, plus it looks so easy! I just pinned it to my style board on pinterest. I found your blog on the linkup on Titicraft. My blog is http://lydiashandmadelife.blogspot.com if you want to check it out.

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  14. ok so you may not know this about me but I love polka dots, I've been obsessed with them since forever. I am in love with these pants. You did such a great job on them.

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  15. Thanks, Lydia! And thanks for pinning, too. I love that link party! Heading to your blog now. :) xo

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  16. I didn't know you loved polka dots, too! They are amazing, so I shouldn't be surprised. :) Thanks for the sweet compliment. That means a lot, Courtney! xo

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  17. handmadeby EvaRoseMarch 25, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Love the look! and so easy and cheap to do. Brilliant idea, thank you for sharing

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  18. These are really cute!

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  19. Thank you! It really is super easy and cheap. Thanks for being here! xo

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  20. Thanks, Corey! Your pendant light is AMAZING, by the way. Have a great day! xo

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  21. ok...you are just so clever and the absolute cutest, my friend. these came out so great and look awesome on you! you've got me inspired to polkadot so many things!
    how gorgeous are you in that photo, by the way, and daybreak in utah looks so amazing!

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  22. I adore polka dot - I have a pair of red skinny jeans I am so going to try this with :)

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  23. These are adorable! I want to make them for my nieces out of some of their old jeans.

    ~Cheryl

    http://snaps-of-ginger.blogspot.com/

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  24. Thanks! So glad you like them. :) xo

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  25. Thanks, Pamela! I just love putting polka dots on anything and everything. Daybreak in Utah is as close to the beach as I can get. ;) xo

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  26. Oh my heck, these polka dots would look FAB on red skinnies! Totally do it! xo

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  27. You should make some for your nieces! It's so adorable - they'd love it. :) xo

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  28. Totally doing this for my daughter and myself!

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  29. these are great!!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop. I featured you on facebook ♥

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  30. You two would look adorable in twinner polka dot pants! Have fun! xo

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  31. Thanks for the feature! I love linking up each week. :) xo

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  32. cute polka dots pants daniela, found you at katherine's favorite things♥

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  33. Thanks for the invite, Rea. Headed there now! :) xo

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  34. Oh can't wait to see!

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  35. Michelle WilliamsMarch 30, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    These are so cute! They're going to be one of this weeks features on the MaMade Blog Hop!! :)

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  36. I featured you today! These are so cute! Pinning too!
    http://mommylikewhoa.com/2014/03/best-internet-volume-4/

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  37. Those look a ton better on you than they would on me! I love your easy directions too! Thanks
    for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have
    pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

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  38. Ahhhh thanks for the feature, Michelle! I'm stoked to see this project on your blog. What day is your blog hop, so I can see it? Thanks! xo

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  39. Ha ha whatever! Anyone can wear polka dots. I just like pairing them with a simple top and you are good to go. :) Take care, Tammy! xo

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  40. Michelle WilliamsMarch 31, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    It goes live Tuesday a 8 a.m. EST :)

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  41. Angela @ Life in VelvetMarch 31, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    These are genius! Love, love, love!! Pinned :) Thank you so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE!

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  42. What a clever idea! Thank you so much for sharing on Twirl and Take a Bow! I hope you'll join us any Tuesday again! ~Tammy

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  43. Ahhh thanks for pinning, Angela! You rock. :) xo

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  44. Thanks, Tammy, I definitely will keeping linking up. xo

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  45. April @ 100lbcountdownApril 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I haven't seen this trend, yet. These are adorable. I love that you are so creative with your things! Thanks for sharing with Countdown in Style.

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  46. You are so nice - thanks for saying that! Sometimes I feel like I get stumped with my crafts, but I try to keep it fresh. Take care, April! xo

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  47. I LOVED these pants and they are featured today on our Link It or Lump It party. I also just pinned them to our feature board! Be sure to stop by and grab a feature button. http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2014/04/link-it-or-lump-it-party-number-33.html

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  48. Hey Girl! It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog. These are fun! I just posted a spring wardrobe post with all denim and I had some polka dot jeans in there but didn't think about making them myself. Thanks for the inspiration! I am doing a great spring necklace giveaway and
    would love for you to come by and enter to win :) Have a joyful week!

    http://www.thechildatheartblog.com/2014/04/spring-statement-necklaces-from.html

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