DIY Hand-Painted Evil Eye Tights

Pack up the summer clothes: autumn is here at last! Ward off chilly weather with a pair of hand-painted evil eye tights.

If evil eyes aren’t your thing, feel free to use this technique with your own design. I free-handed my pattern, but you can also trace your design to scale on a piece of paper and slip it under the tights as a guide. Let’s begin!

You will need:

  • Thick tights (any color)
  • Light opaque fabric paint
  • Dark opaque 3D fabric paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Blow dryer (optional)


Step 1: Paint ellipses

Put the tights on. You’ll need to wear your tights while you paint them, so you can gauge the design placement and take the stretch factor into account. Note: You may get some paint on your skin, but it will easily wash off with soap and water.

To make the evil eye pattern, paint as many ellipses onto the front of your tights as you’d like with a light shade of paint. If you want an opaque design, wait for the paint to dry and add another coat. You can use a blow dryer (on a low temperature setting) to speed up the process.

Step 2: Paint ellipses

Once all of the ellipses are dry, paint dots in the center using 3D fabric paint. Wait for the paint to dry completely before taking the tights off to avoid smudging your design. Note that 3D paint can take several hours to dry so keep that blow dryer handy. Next steps ➜


DIY created by Clare McGibbon and edited by Aleksa Brown for

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