Hand Stamped D.I.Y. Pony Print Dress

Pony stamp dressHi there! I made a hand stamped pony print dress this week. It was so much fun and something that you can do on any skill level! The best part is that the end result is a custom dress that’s one of a kind!

Pony stamp how-toTo stamp my dress I used this method. If you’ve never made a foam stamp read this how-to. My pony stamp was pretty large (about 4 inches long) which made the spacing a little bit more tricky. Smaller stamps are definitely easier to work with, plus my dress had pockets to work around! When searching for a dress to stamp, look for something in a solid color that flatters your body. You will want to avoid a lot of ruffles or ruching. Cotton is an easy fabric choice. I picked my dress up at Target!
1. Create your own stamp. You can print out an image from the internet and trace it if you need help illustrating your object. I chose a pony because it reminds me of my grandmother, Corina. 2. Cut your stamp out and mount it if you like. I chose not to mount mine because it was so large, it was easier for me to place it unmounted. 3. Use tape to mark the spacing on your dress where you will be stamping. This will help to make the spacing consistent. 4. Stamp your object using fabric paint. I would brush paint on my stamp before each application. Since my stamp was larger the impression was less perfect so I used a small paint brush to do touch ups along the way! Be sure to let each section dry completely before moving to the next section. Practice makes perfect!
Pony stamp dress 2Pony stamp dress 3I’m super happy with the end result. I want to make another one soon with a dachshund and a pug! What kind of stamp do you want to make? XOXO. elsie
  • I made one!!http://turquoisewildflower.blogspot.com/2012/08/stencil-skirt.html#more

  • This is on my to do list right now! I was going to do a large polka dot but this is so cute I might have to do something like this instead! Maybe anchors? Nautical is so in right now!

    Amanda

  • this is so ultra adorbs! i like the huge print and definitely want to make one now!
    pandaphilia style

  • I clicked the link at the bottom of the page and got to this post! This seems so fun an easy! I really want to try. Maybe I will try it with a shirt first! I love it
    Carlee

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  • Very cute. I have a friend who just got a horse and I want to make her one. But how does it wash up?

  • I really want to try this! I’ll be on the lookout for a white dress at the thrift store.. maybe i’ll try birds!
    any suggestions on the fabric?
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  • great dress,love the idea:))))can I invite you to my first giveaway?:)

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  • Great work ladies! Horses rock! It’s such a cool idea for making a one-of-a-kind dress – I can see it being applied on everything! Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for the awesome post!

  • i would wear this dress. and after seeing how to make it i would def make it! thanks for the inspiration heatheromade.blogspot.com

  • wow,this is amaazing 🙂

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    xox

  • 🙂 The dress is wonderfull!! I love your site, your posts! Everything!

  • this is an adult spin to something we used to do in grade school!! haha i remember i made a duck print t-shirt back then

    xx,
    thecoattaileffect.blogspot.com

  • That dress looks so lovely. I can’t imagine that the horse prints becomes a fashion inspiration. I love it.

  • So cute! Love the hand stamping idea you could do it on anything from dresses and clothing to totes and even curtains!
    Great ideas as usual!

    xo Becky. K

    https://pixiwishes.jux.com/

  • I have been wanting a horse print dress for awhile now. Also a sailboat print dress. Im so excited to try this out. Thanks you look beautiful!!!

  • I’m so into horses, I want this dress. Do you have any for sale???
    Your newest big loving fan, Desha

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  • Cute dress! I’m so inspired! Which shape should I choose? Dinosaurs? Minnesotas? Mustaches? Kitties? I might steal the whale or bicycle ideas from above, too!
    Thanks for posting!

  • oh my lord, this is amazing and going in my “i must do this” craft file (great site btw!)

  • So cool! I’ve been considering taking on a clothing project of my own. I’ve had teal fabric dye sitting around in my desk for about a year now, I’m just a bit nervous to use it for fear that I’ll end up dying my entire kitchen teal!

    This looks a bit more risk-free, thanks!

    – Hannah
    darladear.blogspot.com

  • Adorable! Great idea to make a dress updated and cute! :]]]

    -Z
    zplustheworld.tumblr.com

  • this is such a cute idea! It turns a plain ordinary dress into something with so much character. I must try this with a white dress I have lying around that I haven’t worn in ages

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  • I love unicorns and they look good on the dress..and the dress looks great on you ;))

    hopefully I will try doing it with some other shapes!

    thanks for this DIY project!

  • I love this! I still have some fabric I would love to stamp and then make a dress out of it :). Ik will be so nice (now I need to make time to do it) 🙂

  • I just love this. It’s so doable. A great way to make something old new again.

    Thanks!

    Kacie
    http://www.acollectionofpassions.com/

  • What kind of paint do you use, and how do you wash it? Also, have you tried ironing over painted fabric? I have a dress in mind to do this to, but it is a light cotton that gets wrinkly a lot. Your DIYs are the best! Thanks for sharing your tips. 🙂

  • my daughter has a horse and she would love this!!! i think i may do t-shirts for our barn for all the riders. adorable!!!

  • I’d love to make something like this, if I only had a dress that I can use right now that I’m so bored!!
    The end result is fantastic, I love it so much! <3

  • This is so cool, and the pony print is adorable! I think I may have to get a dress and some fabric paints!

  • beautiful idea!!! if you have enough time, you can do sooooo much more with fabrics and hand-printing and stamps and so on. great idea, i love black and white!

  • This is OUTSTANDING! I would do, well, a pony dress. It’s a way to make being a horse nerd cute. Thanks for the idea and post. xxx from Holland

  • awww so sweeet! I want to make one with my Percy cat illustrations on for sure. Great idea!

  • This is so clever and do-able. What type of paint did you use to ensure it didn’t run in the wash?Rx

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  • gorgeous! thanks for the idea, I’m def giving it a try.

    I’m a first time reader btw. I like what I see 🙂

  • Can’t believe something so cute is handmade. Really great idea and looks super adorable on you!

  • The idea is awesome but I strongly doubt that I will be able to do it. I’m not that skilled when it comes to DYO…

  • You are such an inspiration Elsie to fashion and the vintage movement. I hope you realize what a gem you are

  • I really love this and I am definitely going to try it! I am horse girl, so I think I may copy your pony theme 🙂 Thanks for the awesome DIY!

  • This is such a cute idea! I love the stamps, and the dress looks great on you.

  • Love it!! I’m obsessed with prints too, just shot an outfit post with a polka dot Jason Wu blouse!

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  • OMG when I saw this dress in instagram I thought it was from a shop, great work, love it!!

  • That is such a cute dress! I would love to make an alpaca stamped dress, they are just too cute!

    xo, Megan
    http://just-gingerly.blogspot.com

  • I love, love, LOVE this tutorial! I see a fox-print dress in my future…:)

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  • I love this idea it looks so cute,
    I was just wondering if you can suggest a good brand of fabric paint I can buy online I’m all the way in australia and it can be hard to find good quality fabric paints here

    I love reading your blog it always inspires me
    xox

  • I’ve done small prints and ones as borders, but never a full-on one like this. I love black and white, I need to incorporate some into my mostly-blue wardrobe.

  • Ahhh that is too cute! I want a narwhal – just because my mister insists they don’t exist 😉
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

  • adorable! i can’t wait to try this out. i’m going to have to think about what kind of stamp i want to make. maybe a scallop shell or a blue heron for my mom.

  • Q: Do you think it would work on a knit?
    A: Yes! Just make sure that the dress is stretched (or not stretched) as it would be if you wore it. Does that make sense?

    XOXO.

  • hand-stamped pony dress?! so adorable! the diy’s on this blog never cease to surprise/inspire me.

  • it looks so cool. great job! thinking about trying this technique!

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  • Despite the fact that i love love love my prints, i have never thought of trying something like this….reminds me of painting with potatoes at primary school…but on a dress 🙂 Aces xxxx

  • I love it! This is an amazing idea and you make it look so simple 🙂 xx

    http://annieshomemadeheaven.blogspot.com

  • This looks great and creates and amazing result !

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  • I adore this dress Elsie – it turned out amazing!! And oh my goodness, your hair is looking heavenly in these photos too – LOVE!! xo veronika

  • you are kidding! i can’t believe you made this! awesome!! love the horsies 🙂

  • Oh, wow! I could do that! It might dress up some of my seriously boring tees. Do you think it would work on a knit?

  • That dress is absolutely gorgeous! I really hope I can try this sometimes soon, this is an amazing idea! You are so talented Elsie! 🙂

  • Great dress..

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  • How seriously adorable!!! This is one of my favorite ideas E V E R!

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  • What a fantastic idea! I want to do one with birds! Yay, for inspiration!
    -Jillian
    http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

  • I sooooooo love this dress!!
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  • This is so cute! Since you use fabric paint, is there any special ways to wash it?

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

  • I love this. You look so pretty + happy in this photo 🙂 I’m loving your extensions!

  • I don’t think it will fade. I’ve used fabric paint a lot in the past & never had an issue.
    XOXO.

  • I love making stamps! Such a fun idea to stamp a dress!
    -Miranda
    http://paperthoughtsfabricdreams.blogspot.com

  • I love this! You have such great ideas, thank you for sharing! I think it would be fun to make hearts, and polka dot stamps. Your hair looks amazing, it’s so think and healthy. You should do a DIY on how to get healthy gorgeous hair!

  • This is possibly one of my favorite outfit posts of yours. You look absolutely stunning.

  • Such a great idea!
    Think i will try this one. You made my DIY list waaaay to long! 😉

    Love, Sari

  • INSANELY AWESOME. I think I’m going to do this to a duvet cover and pillow shams- custom bedding!

    Kate 🙂

    http://agreatmanythingsblog.wordpress.com/

  • Did you recently pick this white dress up at target? The fit of the dress is really flattering!

  • What a fantastic idea! You look absolutely lovely, and I can’t wait to see what the pug and dachshund will look like…adorable!

  • This is too cute, what a great tutorial with a ton of possibilities!

    Have a good weekend!

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  • Wow this looks SOOOOO AMAZING!!! You are so good! This method doesn’t seem intimidating at all.

    – Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

  • Super great idea! I like the idea of the dachshund as well, in honor of my puppy. I think a cat eye glasses stamp would be pretty cool as well 🙂

  • I think this is my favorite of you DIYs, so cute!
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  • Oh boy Oh boy!!!

    With the Mister being gone for the weekend for training, the whole house is my craft room of haven.

    I will most DEFINITELY put this on my project list. I’m thinking of using the Mockingjay from The Hunger Games. I would like to share it with you once I’m done 🙂

    Thanks Elsie!

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  • What a fun DIY. I think I might try this technique on an old solid skirt I never wear anymore. Thanks for sharing!

  • I ADORE this dress, such a clever idea! It’s so great to be able to make your own pattern on a fabric, this has gone straight to the top of my to-do list!
    The horse silhouette is lovely. I think I’d like to try mine with a tree stamp or perhaps a bunch of balloons.
    Rachx

  • This is super fun! What a great idea! I think I might have to do something like this to bring on my honeymoon this spring!

  • this is so cute! i’ve been loving the hand-stamped stuff i’ve been seeing around the internet. this may just put me over the edge!

  • You look exceptionally beautiful today in this post! I think it is your hair…or perhaps you are beaming from seeing your hubby again!

    Such a ca-ute idea!!!

  • This is so amazing! Thinking of picking up a dress and shirt to try this out.

  • Was gonna make a pillowcase dress for the tot this weekend–she’s always wanted a monkey dress, this is a fun way to make that happen 🙂

  • such a great idea especially for dresses that seem outdated in our closets….i think i’d like a bicycle stamped dress. thanks for sharing your ideas.

  • Ummm hi. you incorporated ponies AND dresses. Two of my favorite things. You should do a whale or a penguin too!

  • That is awesome! I love octopi, and I really want an octopus shower curtain, but all the ones I see are rather costly. It would be great to get a plain shower curtain to do this to.

  • HOLY CRAP! I just did this to a white shirt of mine with a boston terrier head stamp I made!! I need to post pics of it soon! This dress is gorgeous as with everything you ladies do. Love it!!

  • this is gorgeous!
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  • I love this! My daughter would go gaga over it. Never thought of stamping a dress before…very cute.

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