Saturday, January 19, 2013

Melting Tights DIY

EDIT: Hayley Williams is seen wearing these tights in the Paramore Still Into You video!

I recently came across these tights from URB:

These sell for $50-$60. Some colors are even sold out! Being the frugal, DIY-obsessed craftaholic that I am, I decided to make my own for less than $5:

Here is a tutorial on how to make them:

Materials you'll need:
  • Tights/leggings
  • Cardboard
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Old Credit Card/Cardboard (optional)
  • 2 bottles (8 fl. oz. total) of 3D fabric paint
I used these that I got from the craft store... only cost me $3.99 total! I used up about one bottle for each leg, front and back.

Measure around the thickest part of your thigh. Divide that number by 2, and cut out a piece of cardboard with that measurement as the width. The length of the cardboard depends on how long you want the melted "slime" to be.

Cover the cardboard with plastic wrap.

Put the cardboard inside your tights carefully. You will be painting on top of it.

Using the fabric paint, start out by drawing the outline of the melting.

Fill in all the empty spots.

To make the paint look neater, I cut up an old credit card and used it to smooth out the paint, kind of like frosting a cake.
After you are done with one side, let dry completely (4+ hours) before flipping it over to the other side.

Repeat with the other leg. After all of the paint dries, carefully take the cardboard out. Some of the plastic wrap may stick onto the tights, but you can peel it off. I would recommend waiting 72 hours before washing the tights.

This whole process will take you a day or more, but it's worth it! See how they turned out:




Thanks for reading my tutorial, and good luck if you try it! Check out lots of my other DIY and refashion projects here on my Cut Out + Keep. Also, subscribe to my blog if you want more awesome DIY tutorials ;)

35 comments:

  1. Love this tutorial and love finding "new to me" DIY blogs with really unique projects. I posted the bottom two photos of the finished melting tights and a link back to you on truebluemeandyou.

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  2. I just did a blog about these! Wow you've done such a good job! Rated xx

    http://mypalaceofalice.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I can't see any of the pictues :S

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  4. I can't see any of the images :{
    I really would like to see this tutorial as well :]
    xx

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    1. Should be fixed now! Thanks for letting me know :)

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  5. This is so cool ! I'd like to try this ..Thanks for the tutorial :D It does help :)
    I have a blog too where i post about cool stuffs :) Hope you'll visit and follow my blog back :)

    www.theonlymichellechen.blogspot.com :)

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  6. I love this! Not my style at all, but such a cool and original idea! xx

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  7. Not sure if I would wear them, I may try the glitter ones they do! x

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  8. I am so loving this - not sure if I'd wear them or not.....I'm not as young as I used to be lol but sooo rad

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  9. Wow these tights are the ugliest things I've ever seen. Why would you make these? Also, can't believe anyone would spend money on this radioactive disaster.

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    1. You're ridiculous these are so RAD!! If their not your style I'm sure no one cares

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    2. What?! These are amazing. I love this look and now trying to make them! Check out Hayley Williams' yellow ones, they're so rad!

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    3. okay first of akkk sidra i know its your opinion and all but i think you should just keep this to your self. other people may think these are cool and rad etc.

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    4. Radioactive mess? You must be talking about yourself, because these are EPIC!

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  10. It's definitely an original idea so I give props...but to be honest it kind of looks like she is having her period all down her tights. Maybe if I just saw it in a different color it would be different, but yeah it just kinda looks like she had an accident. Oops

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  11. Thanks for this. I was just looking for a cheaper way to do this, though I'll probably do mines to look more like the Men version because I'm a bit boyish. http://urb-clothing.com/product/blacknwhite-melting-leggings-for-men

    Do you think there's a difference in using liquid latex vs fabric paint?

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  12. AHHHHHHHHHHHH thank you soooo much for this!!!! Hayley Williams wore these in the new Still Into You Video and I was like I NEEEED those!!! But didn't wanna pay $60 for something I KNEW could be DIY'd somewhere out there!

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  13. You are my SAVIOR! <3 <3 <3

    themadmod.blogspot.com

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  14. Thank you so much for this!!!
    I´ve been searching for this DIY since I saw Hayley Williams wearing them!
    <3 <3

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  15. This is really cool! I did a post on my blog about this, and I included your tutorial in it. :) Hope you can check it out. http://lozissofetch.blogspot.co.nz/2013/05/slimemelting-fashion.html

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  16. I am soooo gonna make a pair for when i'm gonna see them in june!

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  17. I'm so crazy in love with these, then I see them in the new paramore video. I was looking for a tutorial for months! Thank you!!!!!!

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  18. I'm so crazy in love with these, then I see them in the new paramore video. I was looking for a tutorial for months! Thank you!!!!!!

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  20. i love this but i still want the clear ones

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    1. I SAW HALYEY WILLAMS ware the black onesthat is y i want them

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  21. The melting tights are just wow.I am going to create like this.I loved it,

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  22. wow okay thank you for having a diy for this lol i couldnt really find any in einglish but this really helped.

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  23. Great tutorial! Found you on Cut Out & Keep. I'm Community Manager of Guidecentral and we have a free app for creating tutorials of any kind - you can embed them anywhere on the web too. I'd love if you were interested in find out more. You can email me on elizabeth@guidencentr.al if you think you'd be interested. Let me know!

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  24. I made a pair melting tights following your directions. The biggest differences is that I used an average sized magazine to replace the cardboard (it worked out great), I used a plastic bag (same difference), and I used my index finger to really get the paint into the stockings. I will, however, go back over the painted sections using a card.

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. It was a big help.

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  25. Now those are some neat little tights! Wish I would have stumbled across them before Halloween!
    -Jackie

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  26. This tutorial was awesome! Your tights came out perfect. Great job. c:

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  27. Do you think it would work if I use Acrylic paint and gel medium?

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