Boys can rock ombre too. Or a gradient. Or whatever you chicks wanna label it.
Boys don’t care what you call it…they just wanna have a cool onesie to show off to all their diapered girlfriends. And yes, babies have significant others…so don’t whatthewhat me. This is a serious post.
As a mother to two boys, I have found it irritating that the girls section in most children’s clothing stores is 99.99999% of the square footage and options. The remaining hanger found in the back corner underneath the packing supplies holds the one green boys onesie that is usually boasting a gigantic dog with fuzzy 3D ears wearing a baseball hat while licking a dinosaur riding a toy train while the rear end says roar. No wonder Weston prefers being naked. Tummy time fashion is important people.
Dang that smile kills me.
Anyhoo…in another life I would have designed clothing for boys. It’s a fact. Note that I didn’t say people would buy it.
So I decided to make my little guy a long sleeved onesie that would be simple and cool. A man’s onesie, if you will.
All you need to make this project is a onesie, a stiff bristel brush, some Frog Tape, a piece of cardboard and your three shades of Martha Stewarts craft paint (or any other brand of fabric paint).
I started out by putting the cardboard up into the onesie. The paint may run through the thin fabric and you don’t want it to bleed onto the back layer. Now you are gonna tape off your middle stripe. I used the little arm pits to mark what the top is…that way the stripe would look relatively even.
I used my bright middle color first to do the middle stripe. It’s important to do a stippling action with the brush. Basically you are loading up the brush and bouncing it onto the fabric….don’t wipe the paint on because then it could pull the fabric or Frog Tape causing an uncrisp line.
It’s important to do the coverage as well as you can. If something doesn’t look as dark in paint, then stipple stipple stipple. Don’t wipe. It’s detrimental to your health.
Have I stressed that enough?!
(sorry about the iphone photos…)
Now its time to make that gradient…simply add a couple more pieces of tape. One on top and one on the bootom. I liked to do this step right away because I have the perfect ‘spacers’.
Now I put one piece of Frog Tape over that middle blue and peeled away anything that wasn’t useful. Also, you can see that I just made the tape long enough to stick the ends right to the countertop. That helped the onesie stay put. Beyonce knows how important it is to have tape and tension to keep a onesie in place….I mean, did you see her Superbowl outfit?! Girl must be getting tips from Blue Ivy.
Did you see how I also taped off the arms? I felt like that way the stripe would be just across the chest of the outfit. Now you stipple your lighter color paint on the top stripe…
And the darker color paint on the bottom stripe.
And when you peel the painters tape off, it should be nice and crisp lines with a ombre look. Cuter than a sack full of old couples in matching clothing holding hands at Disney World, if you ask me.
Things to note, this is safe for baby to wear but I would suggest letting it full dry and then washing it first. The paint may fade a little from washing but in my house, fade is another word for ‘distressed’ and we pay extra for that…much to my Pappap’s dismay.
The end result is totally cute, right?! I think this would be such a darling craft to do at a baby shower or as a homemade gift for a friend or family member. It was fast and easy…and I must admit, I now have this rabid look in my eye to paint all Weston’s clothes. No plain onesies are safe in this house. Happy Painting!
p.s. This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape for Bower Power’s Frog Tape Fridays. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.