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DIY Tutorial: Polka Dot Shorts


Polka dot shorts diy

Polka dots are a classic look will never go out of style. This print is so easy for anyone to wear, plus it’s an effortless way to add a fabulous to any outfit. Since summer is quickly approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to polka dot some shorts! Read on to learn how to create your own polka dot shorts with my super-easy, step-by-step tutorial:

You Will Need:

Supplies polka dot shorts

  • A pair of dark denim or navy blue shorts (Check out some budget-friendly options here, here, and here.)
  • White fabric paint
  • A small paintbrush
  • A brand new pencil with an unused eraser

Step One:

Lay your shorts out on a flat surface and pour some of the paint onto a flat dish or paper plate. Next, take the eraser of your pencil and lightly dip it into the paint, remembering to tap it once on a clean edge of the plate to take off the excess paint.

Then, using light pressure, make a small dot by stamping the eraser onto the jeans. Only stamp once. If the circle isn’t completely filled in, you can fix that in the fourth step.

Polka dot shorts step one copy

Step Two:

Continue to stamp your dots in any arrangement you like all over the front of the shorts.

Polka dot shorts step two

For the top and pocket areas, it can be helpful to place your hand under the area you’re stamping, so the stamp applies better. Take your time, because those areas of the shorts can be a little tricky.

Polka dot shorts diy step three copy

Step Three:

After the front is dry, turn the shorts over and repeat the process on the back.

Polka dot shorts step four copy

 Step Four:

Once you’ve covered the shorts in polka dots from front to back, use a small paintbrush to fill in any areas that are not filled completely. You can also use the brush to fix any mistakes or round off the circles that are imperfect.

Polka shorts three

And that’s it – you’ve given a pair of shorts a complete makeover! Super easy, right?

Tell Us What You Think!

Do you like to wear polka dots? Do you like this DIY? Are You going to make your own polka dot shorts? Leave a comment and let us know! 

Posted on on May 11, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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13 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Polka Dot Shorts”

  1. 1
    May 11th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Will there be problems washing these? eg, should they be washed alone or anything like that?

  2. 2
    May 11th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    You can also punch a hole through a piece of paper and use that as a mould to paint on perfectly rounded and sized holes if you want your dots too all look the same!

  3. 3
    May 11th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    OMG, that is adorable!!

  4. 4
    May 11th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Mandi – Anytime you use a fabric paint on clothing you should wash the item either by hand or on the gentle cycle by itself. Hope this helps :)

    Lily – So true! Thanks for the tip!

  5. 5
    May 12th, 2013 at 2:20 am

    This is a great DIY! I love polka dot denim!

  6. 6
    May 12th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Those shorts are adorable. I will definitely be making some !

  7. 7
    May 12th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I love this! can’t wait to try it for the summer!

  8. 8
    May 12th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    These are so cute! I will definitely be doing this in my spare time :)

  9. 9
    May 13th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Might try this with a houndstooth pattern or some geometric pattern. Great post :) :)

  10. 10
    May 13th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Can you do a DYI your own high waisted cutoff denim shorts with studs? I really wanna make a pair but am not artsy.

  11. 11
    May 16th, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Love this idea! Going to do this tomorrow! :)

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