How to Customize Your Jeans 3 Different Ways For a Totally Unique Look

Ms. Melior
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In today’s tutorial, I will be showing you how to customize your jeans in three different ways. These three looks are super easy and at-home friendly. Say goodbye to old boring jeans and hello to new, cute customized ones!

Tools and materials:

  • Kitchen sponge 
  • Pen 
  • Scissors 
  • Fabric paint 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Grommet kit 
  • Hammer 
  • Ribbon 
  • Bleach 
  • Bucket
  • 3 pairs of old jeans

How to paint jeans

Cutting out shapes from a sponge

1. Prepare the sponge

Using a pen, draw out the shapes of the design you’re going to want on the sponge, then cut them out. 

Painting a DIY jeans design

2. Paint your design

Choose your paint colors, dip the sponges into the fabric paint, and create your look. 

I am going with a fun neon flower design, but this is totally customizable.

Stamp as many coats of paint as you would like. 

How to paint jeans with flowers

3. Complete the transformation

Leave your jeans to dry for 24 hours, then machine wash and hang dry. 

Now they are ready to wear! 

DIY lace-up jeans

Making marks down the side seam of jeans

1. Mark the jeans

Using a pen, mark out cuts on either side of the outside seam of your jeans. 

Use the width of your hand to measure the distance apart from each cut. 

How to customize jeans

2. Cut the jeans

Cut small slits where your marks are. Make sure you cut the slits very small because if the slit is too big, the grommet will not close properly.

Hammering grommets into the jeans

3. Put in the grommets

Hammer the grommets in place. The kits come with everything you need to do this. 

Grommet kits are super easy to find online or in your local crafts store.  

Adding lace-up ribbon detail to jeans

4. Finish the look

Choose your favorite colorful ribbon and lace up your jeans! 

This look is so fun and the ribbon can be swapped out to match your outfit!

Bleach dye jeans

Painting bleach onto jeans

1. Paint with bleach

Do this outside. Dip your paintbrush in the bleach and paint your jeans to create an acid-wash look. 

The more bleach you put on, the lighter your jeans will get. 

Rinsing the bleach off the jeans

2. Rinse the jeans

When you are happy with your design, wash the jeans immediately to stop the bleaching process. 

Wash and dry as normal. 

DIY ombre bleach dye jeans

These ombre two-tone jeans turned out super cute and unique! The different washes are a fun effect and make the jeans wearable with so many different outfits. 

How to customize your jeans

There you have it, three ways to customize your jeans! Do this with your friends as a craft activity, or by yourself to vamp up your old jeans!

Let me know in the comments if you try this at home and how the designs turn out for you.

Suggested materials:
  • Kitchen sponge
  • Pen
  • Scissors
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