I’m going to try something a little different today and do a DIY. Since it’s Canada Day tomorrow I figured I’d show you how I made my patriotic Canadian shorts. The whole process took me about 2 hours, but that’s also including petting my dogs, rice cracker snacking, instagraming and waiting for paint to dry while lounging in the sun.
Thrifted or an old pair of pants (I used red pants, but you inverse the flag stencil, I’m sure white would work)
Fabric or multi-surface paint (white & glitter)
Gather all of your supplies and go outside! This is very important, because you will be using spray paint.
Get a piece of card-stock (slightly thicker paper) and cut it so it resembles one of the back pockets of your jeans. Next draw a Canadian flag on the pocket. For this step I went inside, googled “Canadian maple leaf stencil”, copied it, and then went back outside.
Cut out the section of your flag stencil that is supposed to be white. If you have white shorts instead, cut out the sections that are supposed to be red. I made sure my maple leaf attached itself to the edges so may stencil would be in one piece.
Tape your stencil on to your pants. This is really important, because if the stencil moves around, then your maple leaf may not look like a maple leaf.
Find a nice patch of grass in the sun and spray paint your pants. I did about three coats of spray paint and only waited about 5-10 minutes between coats. The spray paint doesn’t go on evenly (while it didn’t for me), so I filled in some sections with a multi-surface white paint.
Let the paint dry for about 20 minutes in the sun, then carefully take the stencil off.
Take your red glitter paint and paint in the areas the stencil was covering. Next take the white/silver glitter paint and paint over the white sections.
Once the paint is dry, you can cut your pants to the desired length. Remember to cut the pants longer in the back and a bit shorter in the front – you have to accommodate your butt! I kept my pants a bit longer and just folded them to my desired shortness. If you are having trouble or have never made your own shorts before maybe watch a few youtube videos.
You’re done! Now you don’t have to go to the dollar store and buy lame stickers and temporary tattoos. So get your sparkly butt out the door and enjoy Canada Day!
Lots of love,