DIY | Painted Heart Tights

DIY | Painted Heart Tights

I recently made the amazing discovery that you can use textile paint on tights. 
I was so enthusiastic that I immediately started thinking of all the fun things that I could paint on them. I decided to go with the classic heart shape, because who doesn’t like hearts right?!
1. Draw a shape that you like and cut the shape out of cardboard.
2. Put the tights on. Now place the stencil on your tights and fill it with a thick layer of textile paint.
3. When you paint the tights, be careful not to move your legs to much.
4. Let the paint dry. If you’re as impatient as I am, you can use a blow dryer but be careful not to keep it to close. 
After the paint dries, gently take of the tights by peeling the heart parts of your leg. If there’s paint on the part where you’re peeling, than stop! It’s not dry enough yet! Just let it dry a while longer and repeat the peeling process.
All done!


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  • Elli 22nd September 2012 at 1:06 pm

    S U P E R !!I will definitely do it!!!!
    wow!!!!!thank you for this awesome diy!!!!

    • Lana Red 26th September 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Hi, thank you for your very kind words!


  • Chelsea 22nd September 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I cannot get over how cute these are. I bought a pair similar to this from Forever 21 and I loved them, but they ripped :( So, I am thrilled to find this tutorial! Thanks so much!!

    • Lana Red 26th September 2012 at 6:17 pm

      I am glad that you found the cheaper solution :) I had the exact same problem, and just couldn’t understand why I hadn’t come up with this solution way earlier ;)

  • Tina Pippo 22nd September 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I like it!! So lovely!! And easy as well!! I never imagined I could paint my tights!!
    Have a nice evening Lana!! :)

    • Lana Red 26th September 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you, and I also didn’t realize that it was possible to paint my tights, but I am so glad that it works!


  • Sweet Athena 27th September 2012 at 3:46 am

    These are super cute! I made a version with smaller hearts.

    I really like the pop of color yours add.


    • Lana Red 6th October 2012 at 9:10 am

      Yours is so cute! I love the black and white and the hand drawn feel to it!

  • PinkStripeySocks 29th September 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Adorable and fun! I love them

  • JESS 25th November 2012 at 1:30 am

    Can you put them in the wash? dores the paint stay put or bleed?

    • Lana Red 25th November 2012 at 10:18 am

      I have tried a hand wash and that worked perfectly, but I think it also depends on the fabric paint that you use. Maybe you can try on a tiny part and see what happens?

      Good luck!

  • Stacey Wright 27th January 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Great advice! Not only is it accurate, it’s entertaining. Your humor is terrific. I just love your style!

    • Lana Red Author 27th January 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks so much!

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