Okay, I'll admit, I'm a little smug about this project. I love how it turned out! Plus it's inexpensive and cheap, my favorite kind of project. Read more to see how to make your own patterned tights.
Supplies: tights, acrylic paint, fabric medium, sponge paintbrush, heart punch, adhesive vinyl or contact paper.
Step 1: Punch out a LOT of hearts (or any other shape) from a piece of adhesive vinyl or contact paper. I punched out a little more than 50 hearts from a couple of vinyl scraps.
Step 2: Cut around each heart 'negative' (aka not the actual punched heart, but the hole it leaves behind). Be sure to leave a lot of space around each punch. This makes it tons easier to stay in the lines when painting.
Step 3: Place your cut outs on your tights in whatever pattern you'd like. I think my alternating pattern turned out pretty well.
Step 4: At some point, insert paper strips into your tights to keep the paint from bleeding through to the other side.
Step 5: Apply your paint + fabric medium mixture (follow the directions on the fabric medium bottle) in a dabbing motion. I did about three coats. This step doesn't take much time at all!
Step 6: Wait for the front of your tights to dry, flip over and repeat all the steps for the back of your tights.
Voila! So easy and cute. I have to be honest though, I'm a little hesitant to wear these to work. I'm the youngest employee in my department and I frequently get called, "cute" and told, "you look like a doll." Ugh. Maybe no heart tights at work?
FYI - these tights are from the $5 tight section at Target. Surprisingly good quality!
Also, I know you're wondering if the hearts stretch too much when you put the tights on. Actually, there is only one heart on my upper thigh that looks like a pancake. All the others are intact, ha!