DIY Fourth of July Cutoff Shorts

7.04.2013

What better way to celebrate American exceptionalism than crafty denim?! Here’s how you can be the baddest bitch at the Fourth of July bash.

Materials:

  • Denim cutoffs
  • Masking tape (or straight edge and pencil)
  • Tulip soft fabric paint (any other paint will turn out crusty and hard – eww)
  • Paintbrush or foam sponge
  • One quarter
  • Blue fabric spray paint
  • Star stickersIMG_5679pXJPKnM6auHhliZVe41jLFyey2f8SdLlONco9lRDvr8
  1. Make a sketch of what you want your shorts to look like. Trust me, planning out what you are going to do will save you from a world of mistakes. Sketching a project is like the birth control of crafting.
  2. Place your shorts on a flat surface, and apply the tape for the first stripe. The quarter serves as a guide so you can make even stripes.step-2(Make sure you press down hard on the tape so the paint won’t ooze from beneath.)
  3. As proud Americans, you should know that the first stripe of the flag is red. When painting, use light, even brushstrokes for your first stripe. Too much paint will look cheap, as well as take too long to dry.step-3 We didn’t fight for freedom to watch paint dry. 
  4. Take a breather (about 60 seconds), then rip the tape off. Next, place the quarter right underneath the red stripe, and tape off the area right where the quarter ends.step-4
  5. Paint the next stripe with the white paint. Remember to keep your brushstrokes light and even.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 until you’ve reached the end of the shorts.
  7. Now, place your star-shaped stickers on the opposite panel of your jean shorts. Again, make sure you press down firmly so the paint doesn’t bleed underneath the sticker. step-7
  8. Apply the spray fabric paint, keeping a safe distance, until the desired color is achieved. If the shorts have large areas of distressed denim, place a sheet of paper underneath to prevent bleeding. 8L_VXXU8nLzoGAj2fHO6vavwihLd_EKar8e7pRQmJuQf9_cpsQ2q0JMKHjfD2eRri_JLbhrLPHoVMpL3kMrsqI-1
  9. Once the paint has dried, remove the stickers. Note: If you have light washed denim, then the fabric spray paint should work perfectly. If your denim is of a darker wash, keep using the fabric spray paint, then once it’s dry, peel off the stickers and use a fine-tipped brush to fill in the stars. iFzy0f5EVNQghOKqe8_u3kb1WSF8ZRcRqcy09S-IgoQ,xqpPYhEVE1R1Scfx8FQuhiph5BBO1-sSycfiMnaamGoEnjoy your patriotic booty!

Extra Tips for perfectionists:

  • Leave a bit of space between stripes. Wait for the paint to dry, then tape off the section above and fill in the space for a clean cut line.
  • If you have light washed denim, then the fabric spray paint should work perfectly. If your denim is of a darker wash, keep using the fabric spray paint, then once it’s dry, peel off the stickers and use a fine-tipped brush to fill in the stars.
  • Use a fine brush to paint around distressed holes and seams.

-Maria Audrey Juarez

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