Hand Painted Baby Pants Tutorial

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This easy Hand Painted Baby Pants tutorial will turn a plain pair of inexpensive baby pants into a fun trendy set of pants they can wear on any occasion.

Hand Painted Baby Pants Tutorial

I love unique clothing for my kids. However, it can become pricey keeping up with all the cutest fashion trends. One of my favorite ones are painted pants. If you go through Instagram chances are you will be able to see tons of pictures of the cutest babies wearing the cutest pants and leggings around painted with even cuter designs. So I decided to try my hand at my own pants. Now believe it or not it took me about 4 tries to get this right. I used various paint types and ideas but this one was the one that worked best. I even tried airbrushing it on but that was a whole disaster that resulted in a ruined manicure and black hands for 3 days.  Needles to say I got a lot a questions about taking up mechanics and my hubby kept asking why I was spending so much money going to Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

What ended up working:

Any pants will do, leggings, baby leggings pants,etc. The ones below are from onesie and cost about $2.00 at Walmart.


Multi Purpose paint (make sure it says for fabric) I went with Apple Barrel but Tulip should work as well.

Sponge brush

Hand Painted Baby Pants

To begin (And one of the most important steps) make sure you place paper or newspaper between the pant legs or the paint will stain through. Please don’t skip this step because you’ll ruin the pants.

I used a stencil to make the design. Make sure you hold the stencil down close to the fabric or it will bleed through. Also make sure you put just a bit of paint on the sponge tip or it will bleed through as well.


DIY Baby Pants tutorial

Make sure when painting the print on you work from the top down so you don’t smear the work because it doesn’t dry too quickly.

When done you get the final product which is adorable! You can stencil or stamp on any fun design making this craft very versatile.

Making your little guy or girl a true little hipster!  This craft will cost around $5-6 depending on the stencils you buy. So much cheaper than purchasing and it gives you

Hand Painted Baby Pants Tutorial DIY




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  • Reply janie vezina

    what a cute idea. love it, i’ve done it on jeans before, never thought baby clothes

    January 29, 2017 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Molly

    I love this! What a cool idea!

    July 26, 2016 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Lesley F

    What a great idea and fun

    March 6, 2016 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    This is adorable!! I never thought of this, but it would make a very cute, unique gift or a fun project for older siblings to help out with!! So fun!

    February 27, 2016 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Elica Quinones

    Omg i love this, and is so easy to do.

    February 24, 2016 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Susan T

    This is such a cute idea

    January 4, 2016 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Jennifer G

    What a great idea! I love saving money 🙂

    December 13, 2015 at 11:58 pm
  • Reply Kimberly S

    This is a great idea! The arrows are so cute and trendy. Using stencils will save a good deal of money, especially since kids outgrow their clothes so fast.

    October 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Dee Scofield

    Super cute idea!

    October 18, 2015 at 11:21 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Cute idea!

    October 18, 2015 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Jessica FH

    I love that idea for the cheaper/plain pants!

    October 13, 2015 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply Lisa Ehrman

    Great idea to find an idea and make your own at home. These are really cute.

    October 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    These pants look very cute. You made the directions very clear and In,ay just try this for my grandsons.

    October 12, 2015 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Barrie

    What an easy DIYer! SO cute and easy!

    October 12, 2015 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply N Bear

    Awesome! Now off to search for some plain pants!

    October 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Jessica morgan

    Oh my gosh I love this idea! I paint wine glasses so I have lots of the materials to do this. I may have to start painting my kids clothes 🙂

    October 12, 2015 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Lisa W

    What a super cute idea ill definitely have to try this!

    October 11, 2015 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Holly Thomas

    What a cute idea! I never would have even thought to paint a cute design on one of my children’s outfits to make it different.

    October 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Sandra Watts

    What an awesome idea and a lot of fun. They look good too.

    October 11, 2015 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Tiffany M. R.

    This will be good for Halloween! Thanks for the idea to help complete my daughters costume!

    October 11, 2015 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Shannon

    I love doing this to tees. Thank you for sharing this cool and cheap craft!

    October 11, 2015 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Jodi Armstrong

    How fun! what a great project for a rainy day.

    October 10, 2015 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    I would love to make my own baby clothes! What a cute idea.

    October 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    So super cute!! I would’ve never thought to do this!! I just pay tons of money to buy them off of etsy lol!! I see Christmas presents in the future 😉

    October 10, 2015 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Lauryn R

    These pants are very cute! I love the idea of using a stencil to hand paint on your kid’s clothes! I would love to get letter stencils and make each of my kids a personalized t-shirt!

    October 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm
  • Reply Laurie Nykaza

    I love this idea and anything custom is so cute!Thanks for showing the steps you did so i can follow which makes it so much easier for me to do!!

    October 9, 2015 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Audrey G.

    Ahh!! Those turned out so cute! I want to do some leggings for my daughter with a cat stencil! Hopefully they turn out as cute as yours.

    October 9, 2015 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Richard Hicks

    I think the pants are really cute and fun.

    October 9, 2015 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Mandy P.

    Thanks for trouble shooting this for all of us! Glad to know a sponge brush works best 🙂

    October 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    Very cute idea. You did a great job and for alot cheaper than buying designer. Thank you for sharing

    October 9, 2015 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Hannah C

    This is a really good idea! I like it!

    October 9, 2015 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Christina Wagner

    This gives me so many ideas for upcycling some clothes given to my boys.

    October 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply jen st pierre

    Awe these are so cute!

    October 9, 2015 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Tamra Phelps

    now, that’s a cute idea! You could go with any design to liven up drab old pants!

    October 9, 2015 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Mrs_jefreeman

    I need to try this.

    October 9, 2015 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Amy L

    Cute. A fun idea to achieve something you may otherwise not be able to afford!

    October 9, 2015 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Alisha Emmett

    Such a neat idea! Will have to try this out sometime!

    October 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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