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Get Crafty: 7 Awesome Denim DIYs

I don’t know about you, but every now-and-then, I get in a creative, crafty mood that I just can’t shake. It usually happens on particularly dreary days, or when I feel utterly and totally broke. I know we can’t all afford to bolster our denim wardrobes with premium denim that also happens to be super trendy, distressed, or the like. I also happen to think that the best cut-off shorts are the ones that come from your favorite old pair of jeans.

On that note, here are 7 really fun (and varyingly difficult) DIY projects to try with your jeans!

1. This one is an oldy but a goody. Back in 2009 (!!!) did a denim DIY video series with Paul Dillinger of Martin + Osa. The three projects (distressed holes, vintage dying with tea and whiskering with sand paper) are not the most expertly filmed but they are so easy, I felt instantly inspired to go home and try it myself.

2. If you’re looking for an edgy, a little more out-there denim DIY, check out this cracked denim video how to from Love Aesthetics.

3. With summer coming up (slowly but surely), it might be time to turn some of your ready-to-be-retired jeans (bootcut, anyone?) into denim shorts. Refinery29 has you covered with three different cut off shorts DIYs. From cuffed to short-alls, there’s an easy version to suit your style.

4. One of our sister denim blogs, DenimBlog, has a step-by-step tutorial for tie-dying and distressing your white jeans.

5. This one is a personal favorite, and not just because I love Jenni of I Spy DIY. Check out this post where she gives an amazing break down of how to re-create a Kanye West-inspired ombre denim shirt. Seriously too cool.

6. If you’ve got a pair of jeans you no longer care to wear at all, why not use them to reupholster a chair?

7. If you’re quite talented and have a fair amount of time on your hands, try this insane denim painting DIY from TeenVogue and the designers behind the denim label, Ksubi.

For a crazy amount of inspiration for more denim DIY projects, check out this Pinterest page! Sure, some of it is a little kitchy, but hey, something could inspire you!

Have you ever done your own denim DIY project? Perhaps you have one to share that I haven’t listed here? Please share in the comments below!

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