If you know me, you know that my body [read: temperament] is just not meant for cold weather. Colorado, for me, between the months of May and October, is the most perfectly beautiful place in the world. And during those months, I love living here. Warm, dry days allow for spending nearly every moment outdoors, followed by cool desert-like nights (absolutely perfect campfire weather). But every other month? Snow? Naawwww girl, not for me.
But Colorado is an odd duck when it comes to predicting the weather; sometimes it snows until May, other times its already 60 degrees in March. My friends, it is one of those glorious times. The past few days have been beautiful! Mid-sixties, sunny, and ready to welcome Spring with open arms!
Yea, it may snow in a few days, but until then I'm taking full advantage of the warm weather with a perfect "it's-almost-Spring-which-is-basically-summer" DIY project.
Introducing: ele-pants! *ba dum chhh* The most perfect Boulderite DIY accessory for outdoor yoga! Ya know, if you're into that sorta thing...
This project is super easy, but make sure you have a couple of hours to complete it - it isn't something you'll want to rush through.
Sweatpants (or whatever you'd like to stamp!)
Wooden Stamps (I bought my Elephant and Flower at Michaels, but Etsy also has a bunch!)
Paper grocery bags or cardboard
First, do a couple sample runs on scrap fabric to get a feel for using the wooden stamps. Dip your sponge into a glob of paint.
Apply the paint to the wooden stamp, pressing with your sponge to ensure complete coverage.
Press your stamp down onto the sample fabric - I applied pressure and made sure to push down on the edges of the stamp.
Lift up your stamp (it helps to hold the fabric taut with your other hand; the paint is sticky so holding the fabric down helps to keep the design intact while you lift the stamp upward)
Once you're satisfied with the design and feel comfortable using your stamps, go ahead and prep the item you want to design by placing some paper grocery bags or cardboard pieces inside. This is just so the fabric paint won't seep through to the other side. I put paper grocery bags inside the pant legs of my sweatpants.
Plan your design, and use sticky notes if needed, to help with spacing (if you used multiple pieces of cardboard to line the inside, make sure your stamp won't end up on an edge! You want your stamps to only be on smooth, flat surfaces)
Depending on your stamps, and how much paint you used, the designs may differ in intensity as you go - don't fret! It can look vintage-y and authentic when some of the stamps are a bit faded.
And that's it! Let the fabric paint dry for at least 4 hours, and then feel free to strut outside in your sweet new ele-pants! Wait at least 72 hours before washing though, and turn the item inside-out before doing so.
Oh, and don't forget to make your boyfriend a sweet stamped ombre elephant t-shirt ;)