Groovy Bleach Jeans and Funky Picture Pants

Shanna yeh
by Shanna yeh
8 Materials
3 Hours

In this tutorial, or should I say in these tutorials, I'm going to be teaching you how to design not one but two funky pairs of pants. In the first tutorial, we're going to be bleaching a pair of jeans, and in the second, I'm going to show you how you can add pictures to your pants.

We're going to start with the bleach jeans. I have a pair of jeans, and I really like their fit, but they're a little plain, and I just don't grab them a lot compared to my other jeans. So I wanted to make them a little bit different.

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Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Bleach
  • Old toothbrush
  • Pants
  • Printed pictures
  • Mod podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Wet paper towel
Easy DIY pants

This is what I want the jeans to look like, and to achieve this, I'm going to use bleach (of course) and an old toothbrush that I'm going to use to make the specific lines and detailing on the jeans. 

Make DIY pants

 Brush the bleach onto the jeans

Start by putting some bleach into a cup; I personally didn't dilute the bleach with water, and it works just fine. Then dip your toothbrush into the bleach and just brush it onto the jeans. I had the above image in front of me while I was working. I was trying hard to recreate the design exactly, but as I did it more, I realized that it's not so serious, and I could just have fun with it, and it would still look good. 

How to make DIY pants

Do the back side

Before repeating the process for the back side, hang up the jeans and let them dry for about 20 minutes. You'llYou'll also want to put cardboard in between the pants to ensure that bleach doesn't bleed through to the other side. When you're done bleaching them, and they've dried, throw them in the washer and dryer (by themselves) as that stops the bleaching process.

Simple DIY pants

Here are the finished jeans! They turned out just like I wanted them to. They're so funky and have an almost Zebra-like pattern. I really like the contrast between the denim color and the bleached parts.

Basic DIY pants

For the next DIY, I'll be transforming a pair of plain beige pants into photo pants, just like the Paloma Wool friendship pants. The plain pants are the perfect blank canvas for this DIY. 

Easy DIY pants

Print and cut photos

The first step is to print off pictures and photos (I printed off 10). I went for a mix of some colored pictures and some in black and white. Cut out your photos as precisely as possible so you don't have a bunch of white space.

DIY pants tutorial

Stick pictures to pants

Next, you need to figure out where on the pants you want to place all of the pictures. I went for an uneven, asymmetrical look. Once done, apply mod podge to the side of the picture that has the image on it and then place the picture face down onto the pants. Do this for all of the pictures. You want to put enough mod podge to cover the entire photo until you can't see the design anymore. Make sure that you press down really hard, and all of the edges are lying down flat. When you've done this, wait about 30 minutes before doing the same steps on the back of the pants.

Remove the paper

When you've finished sticking the pictures on, you have to let the pants sit for 24 hours. Then you can peel the paper off and expose the photo. To do this, dip a paper towel into a bowl of water to dampen it a little bit. Gently rub the towel onto the wet paper, and you'll slowly see little bits of paper coming off. You want to keep rubbing until you get the very top layer of paper off. Do this for all of the pictures. When you've finished this, your picture pants are ready to wear! I advise waiting around three days before you put them through the wash.

Here are the finished pants! I love how unique and customized they are. All of the pictures have a special significance to me, and these pants will have a cherished place in my wardrobe.

Suggested materials:
  • Jeans
  • Bleach
  • Old toothbrush
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  • Eileen Eileen on Feb 27, 2024

    Great projects! I would never bleach ANYTHING on my hardwood floors… Tiled rooms like kitchen & bath are a better choice here🤷🏼‍♀️

  • Alma Alma on Feb 27, 2024

    I absolutely Love brushing bleach on the jeans so much! Thanks for posting!! So cute!! I definitely will do this one & on an old jean skirt I have...