How to Make a DIY Distress Tool for Jeans Out of a BBQ Cleaning Brush

5 Materials
30 Minutes

Before you throw those burgers on your barbecue, check out this tutorial to learn how to use your barbecue tools as a distress tool for jeans! This is the easiest way to distress jeans that you’ll ever find! Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Pair of jeans
  • Wooden block
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Metal BBQ cleaning tool
  • Water and bleach
Marking the jeans with chalk

1. Prepare your jeans

Use chalk to mark the areas on your jeans for distressing. Think about the areas that would naturally become worn out over time, like the knees, around the pockets, or anywhere that the jeans would naturally bend as you move around or sit down. 

Inserting a block of wood into the jean leg

Insert a block of wood in the jeans to give you a hard surface under the spot you want to distress.

Using an X-ACTO knife to cut through the marks

Use an X-ACTO knife to carefully cut through the marks on your jeans.

Tools to distress jeans

2. Now comes the BBQ hack!

Grab a BBQ cleaning tool with metal bristles and brush over the cuts you just made to fray the edges of those cuts.

How to distress jeans

You can also use the scraper tool on your BBQ cleaning brush to scrape away at your denim, adding to the distressed look.

Bleaching the jeans

3. Finish with a bleach bath

To complete the worn-out, aged, distressed look, soak your jeans in a bath of warm water and bleach for an hour or two (or longer, depending on how worn out you want your jeans to look.)

When you are happy with the color, launder your jeans as usual. Laundering will also help fray the edges a bit more.

Distressed jeans outfits

4. Great ways to wear your distressed jeans

Here are some great pairings for your distressed jeans:

  • Wear them with an oversized t-shirt and cardigan
  • Layer your jeans over leggings and a bodysuit
  • Wear colorful tights under your distressed jeans and pair them with a coordinating vintage blouse.

DIY distress tool for jeans

That’s it! Now that you look great in your distressed jeans, it’s time to get those burgers on and enjoy your BBQ the way it’s meant to be used!

I hope you give this distressed jeans DIY a try and leave me a comment to let me know how you liked it.

Suggested materials:
  • Pair of jeans
  • Wooden block
  • X-ACTO knife
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