DIY Cactus Pants

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Last week, I was making my usual blog stalking rounds when I landed on Studio DIY. Since every little thing she does IS, in fact, magic I was not surprised that she found the most covetable cactus pants ever. They might also be the only cactus pants ever, but that is neither here nor there.

What I didn’t covet about the pants was the price. $138 is a bit steep for prickly pants, so I decided to make my own. I busted out an old pair of Old Navy black jeans and transformed them into DIY cactus pants in about 2 hours.


  • Jeans
  • Stamp carving pad
  • Stamp carving set
  • Pencil
  • Green paint – I used Martha Stewart in Scottish Highlands
  • Fabric painting medium – This magic stuff turns any paint into fabric paint!
  • Disposable bowl/plate
  • Foam brush
  • Fine point paint brush
  • Stamp ink pad (optional – for stamp testing only)

How To

1. Draw the outline of your cactus on the stamp carving pad. If you want those little line spaces that run up each stalk, draw them on too.

2. Using your carving tools, carve away the outside of the outline and the little line spaces.

3. If you want to test out your stamp before you use it on the jeans (highly recommended) press it on the ink pad and stamp it on paper. This will let you see any areas that need to be carved out more or lines that need to be fixed up.

4. On your disposable plate/bowl, mix one part fabric medium to two parts paint.

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5. Using your foam brush, paint a thin layer of paint on the stamp.

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6. Press the stamp down on the pants. You will want to make it sort of a crooked, non-pattern pattern so don’t stress out about placement too much.

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7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the entire front side of your pants is covered. You will want to do the entire front of the jeans from start to finish before switching to the back side.

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8. Once you have stamped your cacti, go back over the stamps with the paint and a fine point brush to fill in any gaps. I actually ended up filling in the shape entirely so the print would really pop.

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9. Let the paint dry.

10. Repeat the stamping and filling in process on the other side of your jeans.

11. Let the paint dry for 24 hours.

12. Following the directions on the fabric medium, iron the stamped areas for 30 seconds to set the paint.

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Near Misses

  • It took me a while to fill in the cacti with the fine tip paint brush. If you are looking for a quick project, just do the stamping and go with a faded cacti look. It will save you a ton of time and the look will still be cool.


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