Old jeans / shorts
Optional: needle and thread, iron / hair straightener, ruler, box cutter / razor blade
Make sure both pant legs are even, and just snip off the legs with your scissors. I left enough length so that I would be able to roll the ends.
Brush wise, you should probably use an actual stencil brush, but I found that the flat end of a cheap foam brush works just as well. I made a couple of mistakes, but you can always go back over it with a smaller brush. I squeezed some paint onto a plate, loaded the flat end of my brush, and dabbed it over my stencil.
Try not to paint it on, because that will cause paint to go under your stencil and ruin your pretty circles.
If you want to be precise, you could use a ruler to measure where your polka dots go, but I just eyed it, and it turned out fine!
About half way through, my stencil became soggy because of all the paint. Just punch another hole in your paper, and you've got a brand new, dry stencil!
|After I got my first row of polka dots|
|You can always fix rough spots with a smaller brush.|
And there you have it, your very own polka dot shorts! Depending on your style, you could fray the ends with a razor or box cutter, roll it and sew it, or leave it as it is. I ended up rolling mine and sewing the seams on the side so that it doesn't become unrolled. I'm way too lazy to actually use an iron, so I used my hair straightener to crease the ends. Practical, yes?
Do you ever make your own shorts? Stay tuned to see how I style mine!