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do-it-yourself polka dot skinnies

09/05/2012 55 Comments

do-it-yourself polka dot skinnies

09/05/2012 55 Comments

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You could spend $190 on a pair of designer dotted denim, or with just a few supplies and a little time you could make your own!

Keep reading for the rundown…

When I saw my friend Anne whip up a  pair of polka-dot jeans with a tapered candle and fabric paint on her blog, WobiSobi, I knew I had to recreate a pair of my own. So when Anne came over Saturday for a girl’s-night-in of cocktails and DIY’ing, I seized the opportunity to tackle the project with the restyle master herself.

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I’d just seen an Instagram by designlovefest of the most amazing pair of black Paige skinnies with white polka dots. With the image burned in my brain, Anne and I ventured to Wal-Mart to pick up a few supplies for her and — fingers crossed — an inexpensive pair of black skinnies for me. I found a pair in the juniors’ section for $12.88!

IMG_4793When we got back home, I found some gold metallic fabric paint in my craft stash, as well as a round stencil sponge from a big pack of kids craft brushes I’d picked up a week before. Dot size was top priority — I didn’t want them too big or too small — so I started with a trick I picked up from cotton and curls, using an old DVD as a stencil. Things got a little messy, and I realized that the stencil sponge made perfect dots all on its own.

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I covered the front in randomly-placed polka-dots {made all the more random by the whipped vodka cocktail I was sipping} until I ran out of gold fabric paint. So for now, the back of the jeans are dot-less, but I think I kind of like them that way! I can always pick up more fabric paint and finish the back if I change my mind.

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For more great DIY ideas, be sure to follow Anne and her restyle adventures on WobiSobi!

Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear.

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55 Comments

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  • LucyBre 04/28/2013 at 8:22 am

    Reblogged this on Being Weirdly Awesome.

  • kittehluvs 04/16/2013 at 4:48 pm

    genius!!

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  • Jessydidit 04/07/2013 at 3:04 pm

    I LOVE THEM!!!!!

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    Reblogged this on Balloons pop like promises being forgotten. and commented:
    LOVE <3

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  • lifeonbonita 12/10/2012 at 2:01 am

    Wow. They are great. I want to try them, but how would they wash. Do you think the dots will wash out after a few washes?
    http://www.lifeonbonita.wordpress.com

  • 76sanfermo 12/05/2012 at 5:50 am

    Fantastic pants and shoes!
    Awesome imagination! Lol

  • Notes From The Backseat 12/04/2012 at 3:07 pm

    I now have something to do with a pair of black jeans I rarely wear. They started to fade and I got bored with them… A little refashioning will definitely bring them back to life. I’ve already spent my morning refashioning old t-shirts into fabric flowers and necklaces… What’s a pair of jeans?

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  • Annette 10/07/2012 at 10:22 am

    awesome. I’m running out to the thrift store to snag a pair of jeans and try it out. that way, if it doesn’t come out exactly like I want, I won’t feel so bad!!

    • keiralennox 10/08/2012 at 9:56 am

      Great thinking! I always try to find inexpensive pieces to do DIY experiments with :)

    • Jessydidit 04/07/2013 at 3:05 pm

      Great Idea! I’m going to do that too!

  • Stephanie 09/26/2012 at 4:12 pm

    Wow, I love this idea!

  • Sarmistha 09/20/2012 at 7:36 am

    Thanks for sharing this!! I so love polkas and it would be so great to convert one of my old jeans into a polka dotted one. :)

  • Kelsey 09/17/2012 at 3:52 pm

    your blog has made my day! I’m all about cheap/chic deals & DIY.

  • nives 09/09/2012 at 3:22 pm

    very very nice I like it

  • Justpearlz 09/08/2012 at 6:08 pm

    Love this! Too cute

  • Inside the mind of lulupants! 09/06/2012 at 11:20 am

    Super cute idea!!!

  • Jupe 09/06/2012 at 9:43 am

    Um WHAT?! Make my own…such a great idea, why haven’t I thought of this? I’ve been dying for polka dot jeans…and def going to take a page from your book :)

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

    • keiralennox 09/06/2012 at 12:04 pm

      Super easy, right?! I’d love to see your dotted denim!

  • jlofashionblog 09/06/2012 at 8:50 am
  • itsinthesky 09/06/2012 at 7:56 am

    What a great DIY, thanks for sharing!

  • georgeina 09/06/2012 at 5:00 am

    what a fab idea. will be hunting down pair of trews to make my own! thanks for sharing

  • fashionoodles 09/06/2012 at 3:33 am

    Lovely! I definitely want to make my own!

    http://fashionoodles.wordpress.com

    xo Mel

  • bunnymysweet 09/06/2012 at 1:17 am

    Neat idea, they look so good!
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    http://www.bunnymysweet.com/

  • nchanel 09/05/2012 at 11:24 pm

    Reblogged this on Chanel Wears and commented:
    Im soooo doing this!!

  • shannon 09/05/2012 at 7:48 pm

    You are BRILLIANT! Great idea, and they look AMAZING!
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

  • arayofsun 09/05/2012 at 5:04 pm

    these are perfect! i would never have thought to do that and honestly haven’t even seen them in stores. so creative and cute but not overwhelming! i will definitely be trying this

    xoxoxo

    arayofsunblog.com

    • keiralennox 09/05/2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks! I haven’t seen them in stores yet, just around my favorite blogs. I’d love to see your version!

  • Beth 09/05/2012 at 4:07 pm

    They look so cute. In fact we have a pair of spotty black skinnies available in our local supermarket for about £14, but I don’t really have the legs for them. Doesn’t stop them being adorable though!
    xox

    • keiralennox 09/05/2012 at 5:09 pm

      If you’re not super comfy in skinnies, you can always pair them with a big chunky sweater and boots to make them feel more like leggings! That’s how I broke myself in, and eventually grew to love them :-)

  • Trends and Tribulations 09/05/2012 at 4:05 pm

    This is such a great DIY, and I love the easy tutorial. Am definitely trying this ASAP! Best wishes and great blog.
    xo Sophie
    http://www.trendsandtribulations.com

    • keiralennox 09/05/2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks! I’d love to see what you whip up!

  • Kelsey Williams 09/05/2012 at 3:54 pm

    i LOVE them! how cute!!!

    • keiralennox 09/05/2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks, Kels! I’m thinking little Rooney needs a pair ;-)

  • rhiannon 09/05/2012 at 2:44 pm

    so cute! you did such a great job!

    http://www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

  • ingridbistaco 09/05/2012 at 2:19 pm

    loved it!!! I love polka but guess Im not able to do something like that :D

    xoxo

    http://www.thefashionsecret.com

  • steffy 09/05/2012 at 2:15 pm

    I imagine this would be fun to do with all kinds of shaped stencils!

    • keiralennox 09/05/2012 at 2:58 pm

      Definitely! Hearts or stars would be really cute. Or little anchors in the summer!

  • jlofashionblog 09/05/2012 at 1:47 pm

    What a fantastic idea – so creative!!

    Follow my new blog with loads of upcoming great reads, photos and even competitions and fab offers for you :)) http://jlofashionblog.wordpress.com

  • 7cakes 09/05/2012 at 1:40 pm

    Oh, wow. Seeing these just made my day! Am putting them on my to-do list =D

  • Anne 09/05/2012 at 1:30 pm

    So great! I should probably give this a try as I have all the supplies necessary – since I did this exact thing on a set of cloth napkins!

    • keiralennox 09/05/2012 at 1:50 pm

      Oooohhh, I should do cloth napkins, too! Or cute little kitchen hand towels… I’m always searching for cute hand towels!

  • Brooke 09/05/2012 at 1:10 pm

    Looks so great!! BTW, who makes those killer heels? LOVE THEM! :)

    • keiralennox 09/05/2012 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you! They’re Jessica Simpson, and I’ve had them for ages!

  • Jenmarie (@sheblog) 09/05/2012 at 12:36 pm

    These look incredible! It looks so easy to do but I feel like I would mess it up. lol

    • keiralennox 09/05/2012 at 1:21 pm

      That’s why you have to work on cheapies; that way you won’t be too devastated if it doesn’t turn out exactly as you hoped :)

  • healthygirlandthecity 09/05/2012 at 12:34 pm

    this idea is too cute!

  • RachelKLaplant 09/05/2012 at 12:32 pm
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