Introduction: Instructables Robot Swim Shorts

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This instructable came about because I wanted to enter the Instructables Robot contest. I then saw that the swimwear contest had not had many entries and thus the spark was ignited. I think they are a nice pair of swim shorts and could be appreciated by anyone, due to the likability of the robot. The method of printing I chose also adds to the summer beach vibe to the shorts. I know I am enjoying them and hope you will too.

Step 1: Materials

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Swim Shorts

Instructables Robot Stamp (Details in next step)

Fabric paint

Foam Brush

Red permanent marker


Newspaper (not pictured)

Step 2: Making the Stamp

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To make the stamp, I printed out various sizes of the instructables robot.

Once I decided on a size. I took the the print out and penciled it in.

I used an existing instructable by eclecticeddy, on how to make the stamp, it is linked below.

Custom stamp

Once my stamp was ready, I did a test print on paper using stamping ink.

Step 3: Stamping the Shorts

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Lay the shorts out on your work surface, put pieces of newspaper in the shorts, to prevent the ink from bleeding. Also, if there is a mesh underwear lining, pull it outside the shorts so you can have an even stamping surface. Using the brush, apply fabric paint onto your stamp. I stamped the shorts, in an X pattern on each panel of the short. (Front Right, Front Left,Back Right, and Back Left)

Apply even pressure on the stamp when stamping and make sure you are stamping onto a smooth surface. When done, let them dry and repeat on the back of the shorts.

Step 4: Adding Color Detail

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Using a red permanent marker, color in the details in the eyes and "ears". Your newspaper should still be in the shorts to prevent the color from bleeding through to the other side. This should dry rather quickly.

Step 5: Wear and Enjoy All Summer Long.....

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Step 6: Bonus: Instructables Robot Beach Ball!!

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Stamp a deflated beach ball with an ink or paint that will stay on plastic. Detail with red permanent marker and enjoy!


creativity123 (author)2014-07-02

These are awesome!

pizzidave (author)creativity1232014-07-02


pucksurfer (author)2014-06-12

Is the ink and permanent marker waterproof?

pizzidave (author)pucksurfer2014-06-13


Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-06-12

So fun and easy! I love what you did with the beach ball too with the image on the clear and showing the yellow through :D

Thanks! =)

How cute! I love the look of hand carved stamps and it makes a really awesome print on the bright yellow shorts!


nodcah (author)2014-06-12

Great idea! That's awesome how you managed to merge the goals of two different contests!

pizzidave (author)nodcah2014-06-12


depotdevoid (author)2014-06-12

Great use of a very well carved stamp, kinda reminds me of the one I made! I think I'm going to pick up some fabric paint and try this out, I've got a whole lot of stamps I could try this with.

pizzidave (author)depotdevoid2014-06-12

Nice stamp! Glad to inspire, please post pics of your finished shorts.

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