Friday, 11 January 2013

DIY PROJECT: aztec customised denim shorts

Hi you cheeky bunch of beauties;-)

If you follow me on twitter, you may already know that a few days ago i was given some white-ish levi's jeans.. Only problem being is that they were slightly not long enough for my legs and flared/boot cut which i don't really like, so me being a diy addict, i decided to cut them up ready for the summer..

On my computer i have a big photo album of loads of different diy projects and customising I'd like to try out as well as on my pinterest, so i had a little browse through them and remembered saving a picture of denim shorts with a tribal aztec elephant print on them and thought they would look so cute in the summer. So down i sat with my acrylic paint (if you do this i advise using fabric paint as I'm not sure if the acrylic will last!), a paintbrush, scissors, pencil and my jeans..

1. First off i marked where i wanted to cut them, folded them over and cut along the line so both legs were symmetrical

2. Next i frayed the bottoms so they had a vintage/distressed look to them using a sharp nail art tool, you can use a sewing stitch picker thing (if you know what that is by my amazing description;) ) -anything small and sharp!

3. After that i used my pencil to draw on my design so i knew where i wanted to be painting

4. Using my black acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush i started to fill in the lines i had created until i had gone over all of the pencil

5. Leave the paint to dry and there you have it.. tribal aztec elephant shorts!

 I really do appologise for the bad picture quality in my posts, i have a blackberry and they are not at all known for their amazing camera quality, but i may start using my big camera again!

These are a great way to customise your favourite jeans/old jeans that don't fit you anymore etc, would be gorgeous for the festivals in the summer etc!

Hope you like my little diy project, how have you customized your denim shorts in the past? and what types of shorts will you be wearing in summer 2013?!

Demi xxxxx


  1. Really cute shorts!
    I DIYd a pair by using bleach on them - I went a bit ott :P I'll link you the post :)

  2. These are so cool love your blog pop over to mine sometime xxx

  3. aww wow this is sweet :) hmm the acrylic paint might not last but it's a shame because the pattern turned out really good, if I did this I wouldn't be able to get anything as straight!! xx

  4. i love the pattern you made!

    katy x

  5. oh my god i love them. what a clever way of customising them i cant wait to try this out!!!!

    really glad i found your blog,
    love it and im looking forward to your future posts now im following you!
    would love if you have a look at my blog and follow back


  6. Oooo that is such a lovely idea!! :) I might try this with some old jeans of mine :)
    LaceyLoves x

  7. Really cute shorts! I would never think to do something like that but they look great xx

  8. That's a brilliant idea! Looks really nice :) x

  9. This is a brilliant DIY! I love how there's only one side that has a pattern on it - very unique xx

  10. What a creative DIY! I love it!
    Also I have nominated you for the Liebster Award over on my blog! Check out the rules here :)
    Living In Your Imagination


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  12. Great idea! They look lovely :)

  13. This is such a cute design. love the aztec design made different with the elephants. Nicely done! :)

    Your latest follower, Lauren x