There’s always that rainy day when you’re stuck indoors and bored out of your tree. Why not make time for a fun DIY project and transform those denim jeans you can’t throw out. From updating classic old blue jeans into fashionable ripped versions, painting on glue or adding studs, turning them into California-worthy cut offs and bringing the 90s back with tie dye, check out these easy 12 tricks for a fabulous wardrobe update!
#1 The Distressed Jeans
One of the most popular fashion statements of the past few years in denim, the distressed jeans are a very cool, “I don’t care” kind of look that girls just love, so turn your skinny or boyfriend old blues into something more daring! Use scissors to cut lines and with tweezers (and a lot of patience) loosen and pull out threads to a point where only the white threads show, carefully taking out the darker denim threads. Alternatively you can use a steak knife to cut the lines. Use a razor over sections to give it that rough finish.
#2 The Ripped Jeans
This trick works for jeans that fit perfectly but have been boring you that tad bit lately. All you need are scissors, carefully cut across then use a (crochet) needle to loosen the threads for that ripped finish and cut off long strands with the scissors. BOOM!
#3 The Destroyed Jeans
If you’re wanting a pair of big holed, destroyed style jeans without forking up over €40 on them, use a loose pair of jeans for this DIY job (boyfriend or mom jeans work best). Mark out whereabouts you want the holes with a marker, cut them out with a scissors. Pull at the threads or use a needle to loosen them.
#4 Crochet Lace Details
Crochet details are no longer for your granny’s teatime table, because fashion made them cool again. Sew crochet along the inside of the seams of shorts for a pretty lace trim; cut out inverted V’s on the shorts for an exposed detail; or go all out and cover whole sections with crochet lace.
#5 All That Glitter
Have fun with your denim by adding sparkle and waking up any old pair of jeans! First, protect the inside of your jeans so they don’t stick to the other side! Wearing rubber gloves, use clear fabric glue and ‘paint’ over an area you want to fill in and then cover in your choice of glitter. Allow to set for at least 1 hour and shake off excess. Alternatively, mix glitter into the glue and then paint.
#6 Who Loves Short Shorts!
We’ve all got those denims which we can’t bear to part with, and yet we don’t wear them anymore. Use a scissors to cut off the legs for long shorts first, then mark the denim with chalk of how high you actually want them and cut along that line. You can either fray them using a rough emory board or sandpaper, or cuff them by upturning and stitching in place (cut them a bit longer so they’re the right height when upturned).
#7 Patch Heaven
This little fashion trick is probably the easiest of all. Transform your denims into childish nostalgia, musical tributes or sports heaven by ironing on a multitude of patches! Don’t be afraid to overlap and clash either.
#8 DIY Tie Dye
Creating tie dye is always fun, and always reminds us of being a little kid at summer camp! This trick works best with white jeans, but classic blues are fine too. Using a lot of rubber bands, tie up your denims and, while wearing rubber gloves, place into a bucket filled with warm water and dye teinture or bleach. Give it all a swish, letting it soak for up to 30 minutes. Remove the bands and let it air dry completely before giving it a wash through cold water and letting dry again.
#9 Rock Star Stud
Channel your inner rock chick by studding your denim shorts. Depending on which look you want to go for, you can half cut off one back pocket, and stud the inside of it using 4-prong pyramid studs for a cheeky reveal; opt for a rocker chic finish with screwback studs along the seams or all over; or decorate upturned cuffs with triangle studs for a subtle finish.
#10 Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Embellishments are a girly way to add shine to your outfit. Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe à la Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and glue craft rhinestones to your denims. If you have the patience, why not thread pearls onto your jeans for a classy finish.
#11 Fishnets Without the Tights
We know the fishnets-under-jeans look is so fetch, but we don’t all love wearing tights. Instead, cut up sections of fishnet and glue them to material for security, and then glue to your jeans from the inside over holes, for the ultimate fishnet finish without the discomfort.
#12 Paint It Black (Or White)
Another super easy way to switch up your plain denims, shorts or full-length jeans, is with a bit of paint! Line your oldies with masking tape for a striped effect, use fabric paint in between in a contrasting colour (white on black works wonders), then leave to dry overnight and remove the tape. Ta dah!