How to Make Galaxy Shorts DIY

Hey everyone! I have been loving the galaxy clothing trend I’ve seen lately online (and by lately I mean like 10 times a day for the past year) and I really want to try it out for myself. One of the best ways to wear this galaxy trend is on your shorts. I love the print on leggings, shorts, shirts, shoes (the Jeffery Campbel Galaxy Print Lita’s are to die for!) and I love the galaxy print nail design!

Here are a few pictures of the trend that I am talking about (note that these are NOT my shorts, I found these pictures on tumblr):

galaxy print shorts

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galaxy print shorts

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Here’s a tutorial on how to turn a pair of regular black denim shorts into a pair of these awesome galaxy printed ones!

Steps

1 Get a pair of black or dark denim shorts. If you only have a pair of jeans but would still like to achieve this look, you can use those, or cut your jeans into a distressed pair of shorts. I have a tutorial on how to do that, so click the linked text to see that tutorial. The ideal color of the denim you should use is black, but a very very dark wash jean would do. Also, if you don’t have black, you can always dye your shorts black before you start. If you want to distress them, now is your chance!

2 Now you want to get some fabric paint and sponges to do this design. Get a couple blues, purples, and a white paint.

3 Use your sponge to sponge on the lightest blue you have. Now sponge this across the entire front, but leave gaps and kind of make the design go in a horizontal pattern. Now repeat with the darker blue and purples.

4 With your white, sponge a bit into different sized blobs, but keep them small. These will be solar systems.

5 Use your white again, but this time with a tool like a ball-point pen, to make tiny dots that will be stars. You can cluster them around the white blobs to make it seem more like a solar system, and scatter some in random places. Use the tip of the pen to make small dots. Also vary the size a bit. To make larger dots, which will be planets, flip over the pen and use the back dipped in white paint. You can also make flattened out ovals to be a solar system if you want, but use a sponge for that.

6 Let your shorts dry for at least a day, and now you’re done! Wear them with style girl! And if you try this tutorial out, post a comment down below telling me how well they turned out! Of you can tweet me a picture here!

I hope you all enjoyed and learned from this tutorial!

20 Comments

  1. Brooke

    Hello do you sell any?

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    1. Amber Johnson (admin) (Post author)

      sorry, I don’t.

      Reply
  2. julie

    hey what kind of paint do you use ????

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    1. Amber Johnson (admin) (Post author)

      You should use fabric paint, but I think acrilic paint will work as well.

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      1. emily

        I made these and you need to mix white paint with water to make a wash and also use a paint brush to flick white paint on them.

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  3. emmy

    can you wash them?

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  4. Cam

    Hey,
    Your tutorial is really cool, but could you to tell me about the cleaning please?
    How do you wash those shorts then? I guess they would be totaly ruined if you use acrylic paints.
    So, what’s about this point please?

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    1. admin (Post author)

      Thank you! To clean it, I would recommend gentle hand-washing, but if it’s a pattern that’s kinda messy looking already, like this galaxy one, then throwing it in the washing machine might not mess it up enough for it to be noticeable. Sorry for taking so long to answer, I had a bit of a comment spam problem over the past few months D:

      Reply
  5. Elizabeth

    would the paint wash out when u was them? or fade or smear?

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    1. admin (Post author)

      The paint is kind of like a stain. It’s really hard to get acrilic paint out of clothing, and as long as it’s completely dry, it won’t smear. It will probably fade over time, though. Sorry for taking so long to answer, I had a bit of a comment spam problem over the past few months D:

      Reply
  6. Rachel

    Would this look good on jeans

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    1. admin (Post author)

      I think it would look amazing on jeans. I think I’m going to try it on a pair of black skinnies! Sorry for taking so long to answer, I had a bit of a comment spam problem over the past few months D:

      Reply
  7. cheyenne

    after you leave the shorts out for a day is there any special way of washing them or can you just wash them like regular shorts again?

    Reply
    1. admin (Post author)

      To clean them, I would recommend gentle hand-washing, but if it’s a pattern that’s kinda messy looking already, like this galaxy one, then throwing it in the washing machine might not mess it up enough for it to be noticeable. Sorry for taking so long to answer, I had a bit of a comment spam problem over the past few months D:

      Reply
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  9. Chinch

    Can I do this with black lycra denims?

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    1. admin (Post author)

      It would work best on cottons/regular denim, but you can always try. Tell me if it works out for you!

      Reply
  10. Amber

    Would this work on fabric shorts? Like pajama shorts?

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    1. admin (Post author)

      Yes, this would work especially well on cotton and cotton-blend materials, so pj pants would work. That would look awesome

      Reply
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