do-it-yourself polka dot skinnies

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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!

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55 Comments

  1. thank you .

    Posted 5.17.15 Reply
  2. LucyBre wrote:

    Reblogged this on Being Weirdly Awesome.

    Posted 4.28.13 Reply
  3. kittehluvs wrote:

    genius!!

    Posted 4.16.13 Reply
  4. Jessydidit wrote:

    I LOVE THEM!!!!!

    Posted 4.7.13 Reply
  5. Reblogged this on Balloons pop like promises being forgotten. and commented:
    LOVE <3

    Posted 3.6.13 Reply
  6. 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

    Posted 12.10.12 Reply
  7. 76sanfermo wrote:

    Fantastic pants and shoes!
    Awesome imagination! Lol

    Posted 12.5.12 Reply
  8. 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?

    Posted 12.4.12 Reply
  9. Annette wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 10.7.12 Reply
    • Great thinking! I always try to find inexpensive pieces to do DIY experiments with :)

      Posted 10.8.12 Reply
    • Jessydidit wrote:

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

      Posted 4.7.13 Reply
  10. Stephanie wrote:

    Wow, I love this idea!

    Posted 9.26.12 Reply
  11. Sarmistha wrote:

    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. :)

    Posted 9.20.12 Reply
  12. Kelsey wrote:

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

    Posted 9.17.12 Reply
  13. nives wrote:

    very very nice I like it

    Posted 9.9.12 Reply
  14. Justpearlz wrote:

    Love this! Too cute

    Posted 9.8.12 Reply
  15. Super cute idea!!!

    Posted 9.6.12 Reply
  16. Jupe wrote:

    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

    Posted 9.6.12 Reply
    • Super easy, right?! I’d love to see your dotted denim!

      Posted 9.6.12 Reply
  17. jlofashionblog wrote:
    Posted 9.6.12 Reply
  18. What a great DIY, thanks for sharing!

    Posted 9.6.12 Reply
  19. georgeina wrote:

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

    Posted 9.6.12 Reply
  20. Lovely! I definitely want to make my own!

    http://fashionoodles.wordpress.com

    xo Mel

    Posted 9.6.12 Reply
  21. bunnymysweet wrote:

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

    Posted 9.6.12 Reply
  22. nchanel wrote:

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

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  23. shannon wrote:

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

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  24. arayofsun wrote:

    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

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
    • Thanks! I haven’t seen them in stores yet, just around my favorite blogs. I’d love to see your version!

      Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  25. Beth wrote:

    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

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
    • 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 :-)

      Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  26. 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

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
    • Thanks! I’d love to see what you whip up!

      Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  27. i LOVE them! how cute!!!

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
    • Thanks, Kels! I’m thinking little Rooney needs a pair ;-)

      Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  28. rhiannon wrote:

    so cute! you did such a great job!

    http://www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  29. loved it!!! I love polka but guess Im not able to do something like that :D

    xoxo

    http://www.thefashionsecret.com

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  30. steffy wrote:

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

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
    • Definitely! Hearts or stars would be really cute. Or little anchors in the summer!

      Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  31. jlofashionblog wrote:

    What a fantastic idea – so creative!!

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    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  32. 7cakes wrote:

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

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  33. Anne wrote:

    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!

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
    • Oooohhh, I should do cloth napkins, too! Or cute little kitchen hand towels… I’m always searching for cute hand towels!

      Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  34. Brooke wrote:

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

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
    • Thank you! They’re Jessica Simpson, and I’ve had them for ages!

      Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  35. These look incredible! It looks so easy to do but I feel like I would mess it up. lol

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
    • 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 :)

      Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  36. this idea is too cute!

    Posted 9.5.12 Reply
  37. RachelKLaplant wrote:
    Posted 9.5.12 Reply