Hand Painting Clothes

4 Materials
$5
1 Day
Easy

A fun way to revive clothing and create something new is with paint. You don't need to be an artist, basic shapes can turn into great designs. Back-to-school season is a great reason to make something fun to wear for you or the kids.

This cotton knit dress was getting a little tired but it fit and it was comfy.


Cotton clothing will be best for this project.

Use the foam to get more precise shapes.


Cut the foam into a narrow rectangle shape. Apply paint to one side of the rectangle and press it to the clothing. Use a paint brush to fill in and darken the rectangle if needed. I scattered a few pencils around the skirt of this dress.

Use the foam to make one part of the pencil at a time.


I cut a square shape with a rounded top to make the pink eraser at the top of the pencil. Use the same process for the pencil lead. I used a brush to fill in each color and let it all dry over night.

Add trim if desired.


This is a fun project and a chance to get as bold and colorful as you want. The acrylic paint may fade slightly in the wash so apply the paint in a thick layer. When all the paint is fully dry you can wash and dry the clothing as you normally would.

Suggested materials:
  • Acrylic paint   (Any craft store)
  • Paint brushes
  • Thin foam you can cut into shapes
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Chickie W.U.
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