2 DIY Jean Redesigns: Bling Rhinestone Trim & Cute Painted Daisies

Jessica Shaw
by Jessica Shaw
8 Materials
1 Hour

Do you have an inner Dolly Parton who wants to wear denim and bling? Want to be the most fabulous when line dancing? If you’re looking how to upcycle jeans, this jean redesign tutorial is for you. I’ll show you how to apply fabric paint on jeans and add rhinestones so you sparkle with every move.

Let’s get started making jeans and bling attire so you shine every time you wear these DIY painted jeans.

Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Rhinestone chain or string
  • Chain - thin
  • Metal cutter
  • Fray check
  • Liquid stitch
  • Scissors

Jean redesign with rhinestone trim

Marking the jeans halfway down the thigh

1. Cut the jeans

For this sexy rhinestone bootcut, put the jeans on and measure about halfway down your thigh. Mark with the tailor’s chalk making sure the marks match on both legs.

Cutting along the seam

Cut alongside the seam on one side and then the other up to the mark. Cut the seam away. Repeat for the second leg.

Turning the jeans inside out

2. Keep the fray away

Turn the jeans inside out.

Fray Check glue

Apply a liquid seam sealant like Fray Check glue along all the raw edges of the cut areas. This prevents the fabric from fraying.

Applying fabric glue to the fray

Apply to both legs. Wait until the glue is perfectly dry.

Applying rhinestone trim

3. Apply the glitz

Keep the jeans inside out. Starting at the top, lay the rhinestone chain across the cut area.

Using the metal cutter to trim the rhinestone

Use the metal cutter to trim to the size you want, leaving extra on both ends to glue in place.

Applying liquid stitch

Apply liquid stitch to both ends of the space and lay the rhinestone chain so the sparkle shows on the correct side. Make sure the glue is aligned so your chain lays correctly.

Adding rhinestone chain to the jean legs

Repeat this technique until the leg is done. Do the other leg.

Adding rhinestone trim to the pockets

4. Pocket drama

Lay the thin chain from the pocket down to your desired length. Use the metal cutter to cut the length.

Cutting the rhinestone chain

Repeat cutting several pieces; I cut about 20 pieces per pocket. 

Applying liquid stitch around the pocket edge

Lay the liquid stitch around the pocket edge.

Tucking the chain into the pockets

Tuck a small amount of the chain into the pocket. Repeat for all the chains. Dab a bit of liquid stitch on your finger and rub along the inside on the pocket.

Using a small metal tool to push the metal chain into the pocket

Use your metal cutter or another small metal tool to push and secure the metal chain to the pocket fabric.

Trimming the chains

Trim the chains with the metal cutter to your desired length. Allow the glue to dry completely before putting the jeans on.

Denim and bling

Denim and bling!

How to upcycle jeans

Great fun jeans to channel your inner Dolly.

Jean redesign with painted daisies

These DIY painted jeans have a sweet nostalgia perfect for a fun night out.

  • Jeans
  • Ruler
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Fork
  • Black fabric or paint marker
  • Yellow, white, and black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Masking tape
Pinning the ends of the jeans

1. Fray the bottom

Put the jeans on and measure how much length you want to remove. Mark the spot with a pin.

Cutting off the ends of jeans

Take off the jeans and use a ruler across both legs to make sure the length is equal. Mark with tailor’s chalk. Cut the jeans. Turn them inside out.

Using a fork to distress jeans

Use a fork at the raw edge of the jeans scraping along the bottom to distress the hem.

Trimming the frayed ends

Once you’ve shredded the threads, trim them to an even length. Turn the jeans right side out.

Frayed ends

Don’t they look great?

Drawing daisies on the jeans

2. Flower power

Draw flowers with the black marker along the front of the jeans.

Painting the daisies white

Use the white paint in the petals. Paint every flower.

Painting the center of the daisies yellow

Put yellow paint in the centers.

Painted daisies on jeans

You can make clusters as I did with a small burst on the right-hand pocket. Let dry completely.

Placing masking tape over the pocket edges

3. Paint the back pocket

Place masking tape all around the back pocket edges. Apply one color paint along the pocket. I used black for the contrast.

Removing the tape around the pockets

Once the paint is dry, remove the tape.

DIY painted jeans with daisies

I love the way the fabric paint on jeans design came out.

DIY jean redesigns

The solid black on the back makes it look so expensive.

DIY jean redesigns

Please let me know in the comments if my jean redesign tutorial helped you change up your look.

How to fray jeans

Have a pair of jeans that need a makeover? Check out this post on How to Fray the Bottom of Jeans in 7 Easy Steps!

Suggested materials:
  • Jeans
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Rhinestone chain or string
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