Splatter Paint Leggings for St. Patrick’s Day

March 4, 2015

Sometimes you just need a quick and colorful DIY project that doesn’t take that much focus, patience or even attention to detail.

I’ve wanted to make splatter paint leggings for my girls ever since the 80’s-influenced paint technique was trending in both childrenswear and women’s fashion last spring. With St. Patrick’s Day coming soon, and our annual attendance at my hometown St. Patrick’s Day parade expected, I am using this as an opportunity to make some wearable splatter paint for my girls.

When you attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade, at least in New Jersey, it’s kind of expected to go all out in your Irish and green partywear. And the older you are, the more outrageous you can be. It also helps that my sister hosts a big bash every year, complete with green bagels and beer, so we have even more reason to dress the part.

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Last year, I made shamrock-stamped leggings for the girls in white (see here and here), and this year I wanted to do something a little funkier… like splatter paint! I chose black leggings this year and neon green paint, but you can replicate this project with any colors you like. It doesn’t have to be just for the holiday. I might try this again using a rainbow of colors on white tights or even a jean skirt. It’s so fun and easy! See how to do it:

green paint leggings


  • Black leggings
  • Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint in Fluorescent Green


  1. I prepared my painting surface by laying cardboard across the table. (If I were to do this again, I would also lay a sheet of wax paper or something that the paint won’t stick to when it dries)
  2. Lay your leggings out flat
  3. Now it’s time to paint! Since this is a fairly new painting technique, I demonstrated it in a small area of the leggings. It’s a little tricky with little hands to get the right grip on the paint; you want to squeeze it enough to bring the paint out of the bottle, but not so much that it creates blobs all over your “canvas.” Wave your hand in a zig zag or circular motion so that the paint is literally splattered all over the leggings. You can even try to flick the paint from the tip to make dabs. With my younger daughter, who is 4, I found it helped to hold her hand while she painted, because she was creating the thick blobs of paint in one area. See the video below for my eldest daughter’s technique.
  4. Let the leggings dry according to the recommendations on the paint bottle. Mine needed 4 hours. Luckily we were going out for dinner and ice cream, so by the time we came back, it was time to flip and finish the other side. Repeat step 3 and then let it sit over night.
  5. For an added touch, I drew a shamrock on each of the girls’ leggings with the paint.

I can’t wait to dress the girls up for parade day! Follow my Instagram at @mrsmonj to see how their full Irish ensembles turned out. How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.


AUTHOR BIO: Hilary Morris balances her role as mom of 3 girls with her own social media consulting business. Her love of fashion, as well as her daughters’ natural ability for coordinating unlikely colors & patterns, inspired the launch of her kids fashion blog AFancyGirlMust. She also is a Child Star Style contributor to HollywoodMomBlog. Hilary can often be found on Instagram giving a peek into her world of favorite local spots, recent craft projects, new recipes, fashion finds, and three little loves.

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I love these leggings! They are a great way to dress for the occasion in a subtle way.

Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes

LOVE this idea!!!!!  My daughter would be all over these!

Sound like fun!! ^_^ Thanks for sharing. ;) -Darling R.


@Jessica Cohen Thanks Jessica! They were so easy to make too. I'm going to try them again on tights or a jean skirt with lots of colors. 


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