As most women know, nylon stockings don't last. They run, they snag, they rip, and they can't be mended. And they take 40 to 50 years to decompose in a landfill. I was sure as I began researching this post that there must be some great pantyhose crafting and art ideas out there. But the results were, um, mixed. If you are into weaving
, you can make some wall hangings or rugs from nylons. If you're a Klondike Kate
type who sews, you can make a skirt. If you work in a corporate environment but want to keep your edge, you can abide by your company's dress code AND sport temporary tattoos
. If you're a crafty bride-to-be, you can make flowers
for wedding decorations. If you're into the less practical kind of art, you can create semi-wearable pantyhose art
, or construct pantyhose art installations
like artist Mary Nicollet. You can even make pantyhose dolls
, and stick them in a jar if you want to
. Just be prepared for the fact that most people will never understand why you'd want to.
But beware, because pantyhose arts and crafts are either underexplored or instrinsically strange, and can go from “interesting” or “kind of cute” to “bizarre” and “kind of disturbing” faster than a run can make its way from your thigh to your toes.
Check out Threadbared.com's Pantyhose Craft Weeks I
, and V
for immortal crafts like the Fantasy Fern from week II (as the Threadbare bloggers helpfully point out, once you've finished making it you can fantasize about having those crafting hours of your life back), and nylon dolls made especially for adults (see week V). Not this adult, but hey, not here to judge.
As for me, I think I'll be sticking to the many practical
if non-arty ideas
I found for reusing nylons, and also try out the great trick I came across for making pantyhose last longer: by sticking them in the freezer
. And lastly, I will never again do an image search for “pantyhose art” without first turning on some kind of search filter. Oh my lost innocence...