Saturday, 17 October 2015

Heart Tights DIY

I had such a great positive response to my Fairy Door DIY. This week, I'm sharing with you my Heart Tights! 
It's a very simple up-do for a Winter Wardrobe essential that you've grown tired of. I was first inspired to make this when I found it on Pinterest (see here).

I had two old pairs of grey wool tights that I didn't like to wear anymore. (I felt they made my legs look a little fat, and I'd grown bored of woolen tights). So I decided that a simple up-do would help me fall back in love with the tights - they do have hearts on them after all!








Here's what you need:
- Wool Tights. These don't have to be grey. They'd work just as well in black! Or try any other other colour too!
- White Paint and a paint brush. I wasn't sure which type of paint to use for painting the hearts; I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to painting! In the end, I settled on acrylic paint which turned out to be a great choice as it was thick, and didn't come off when I put the tights in the washing machine.
- Heart Punch. I used a puncher to create perfect and evenly sized heart shapes in small pieces of card.
- And of course the card I used to punch the hearts into! 

Once you have everything, you just need to paint! Sometimes I found it difficult to hold the card still and it would slip, but it only happened once or twice and you can normally do damage control and fix your hearts!
I was lucky in that my tights were thick enough that the paint didn't go through to the other side of the tights. But it did leave a white blob shape on the inside of the legs.
The most time consuming part of the craft is waiting for one side of your tights to dry before you turn it over to do the next. And don't forget to get the sides of the legs, as I was left with two noticeable gaps on either side the first time! So learn from my mistakes.


And it's as simple as that. Here's my finished craft >
Don't they look cute?
I've been wearing them casually and to work as well. Very versatile!



34 comments:

  1. This is lovely post and something i could do with my daughter! Thanks for sharing! What a great thing to make! I might use some grey school ones as we have plenty of them!

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    2. Good idea to reuse them :) x

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  2. This is a great idea! I could do some skulls in my daughter's tights for Halloween! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. aaaah genius! I want to try that now too :D

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  3. Ahh these look so cute now. Great way to make an individual look, and I didn't realise acrylic paint wouldn't wash off, interesting! xx

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    1. Neither did I Sabrina! It was all trial and error :) x

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  4. I love upcycling (if that's what its also called for clothing!), although I've never tried doing furniture, I'd be more comfortable with trying clothing! I'm just imagining my winter collection, hearts, polka dots, starts, literally anything! I was thinking about putting a piece of card on the inside, as you said you had a little white blob on the inside, that may help! x

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    1. Good idea Jade with the cardboard! I haven't really done any furniture yet either - seems like a big scary project! But I have a few pieces of decor coming soon :) x

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  5. Oh they look so good! Youre so creative, I wish I had some of that creative streak in me as mine is seriously lacking! xx

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    1. I pinch ideas from Pinterest and try to do something original on them - not as creative as I'd like to be :P

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  6. I always want to up cycle and always have the best of intentions to try things like this but then i never do. I love these tights and its made me realise what good things you can make from stuff you may no longer want. These looks fab hun x

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    1. It's the best of both worlds really - reuse the old, and get a new piece of clothing :D

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  7. I would have thought of doing something like this, what a clever idea. My daughter has lots of plain wool tights but I might try something like this to make them prettier xx

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    1. Oh do try it! They'd be super cute on a kid :)

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  8. What a great idea to help you fall back in love with old clothes! I'm sure I must have some woollen tights around that I can re-invent.

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    1. Glad you like it Helen, and it's so simple as well :)

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  9. I love this idea and I think I will invest in some paint to jazz up a few dull grey tights, Lei's got hanging around but not just tights, I might try tops as well. :-) x

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    1. Tops would be a great idea! I'm going to offer to my sister's old tights too because I enjoyed this craft so much x

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  10. Can you make me a pair they are so cute. I love that you made them yourself I think it is really nifty.

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    1. Awww thank you Ana! Now that's a real compliment coming from someone as stylish as you ;) x

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  11. My daughter would go crazy for these. Will definitely do this with some plain tights she has - thinking her red tights with white hearts :) x

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    1. Red with white would be adorable! I'd love to see those when you make them :) x

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  12. Those look so cute! I've always wanted to do something similar! Does the paint cracks?
    We need some outfits photos rocking it! :D

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    1. I had one photo of me wearing them but the lighting was awful because I'm not home til it's dark :( But I'll try get one for Instagram :) x

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  13. Those tights are adorable. I used to love customising clothing when I was at Uni, now with 2 kids I never seem to find the time, might try and do something similar

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    1. It's quite a simple customisation too! Would look adorable on tights or leggings for your little ones. Even with a different shape :)

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  14. These look great. I know if I did it the shapes would go so out of shapen once I was wearing them - fat legs!

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    1. I thought that would happen to me too Emma, so I tried to stretch the wool where I could before painting the hearts on. That way they'd still be hearts when I wore them too :)

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  15. This is really clever, I never would have even thought to do this! Fab result x

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  16. They're super cute! What a great idea. I love that you've used grey tights too. Makes a nice change to black.

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    1. They do! I've also realised most school tights are grey, so it's now a great idea for old pairs of school tights too :P x

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  17. So cute :) Nice and wintery too with a plain dress!

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