These Pants Were Made For Blockin’: DIY Color Blocked Bottoms!
Posted Monday February 27, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
We simply cannot get enough of the color blocking trend! It’s preppy, chic and comes with pops of color everywhere – what more could you ask for?
Color blocked bottoms are one of our favorite articles of clothing on which to sport this stylish trend. They allow things to stay all business on top, yet a bring a little flare to your lower half.
Sure, you could go to the store and pick yourself up a pair, but our creative wheels are a’turning and we’re thinking it’s time for a DIY project! While this look may be a little time consuming, but it’s beyond easy! Plus, style your own pair of bottoms will ensure your pants or shorts are truly one of a kind!
What you’ll need:
- A pair of chinos, boyfriend jeans or shorts
- 4 oz fabric or craft paint
- Flat paintbrush
- Small plastic tray
- Masking tape
- Measure up to wherever you want the color blocking to begin (Half-way up your calf, near your thigh, 2-inches up the inseam of your shorts, etc…) Use a long piece of masking tape to tape off one leg (You should tape off about halfway up your calf).
- Repeat this step on the other leg, being sure to align the two pieces of tape on each leg.
- Squeeze a small amount of the craft paint into the small tray.
- Don’t be conservative! Paint generous amounts of paint on to you paints. Be sure to get right up on the masking tape, ensuring the line separating the paint from the original pant is sleek and straight.
- Once the outside has been painted, allow the paints to dry overnight.
- When they are dry, turn them inside out and repeat the above steps to the inside of the pants. Allow to dry overnight.
- Once each side is dry, peel off the tape.
- For a polished look, fold the bottom of each leg into a cuff.
Click through the gallery below to draw inspiration from these styles of color blocked bottoms!