I have a bit of an altered jeans obsession.
I did the whole designer patched jeans look here…
Then I decided DIY embroidered frayed hem jeans were next on the menu…
I went on to create some doodled jeans…
These were created with black and white paint markers and then I just doodled away by hand.
Then I wanted to create something like these rhinestone jeans…
but I switched out that idea last minute for some painted splattered jeans which are less Elvis and more handyman.
You can choose to pay big bucks for these jeans, or simply do it yourself.
They are very artsy. I almost feel like I need a palette and paint brush in my hands.
DIY Paint Splatter Jeans
This is a really fun and easy DIY paint splatter jeans project. Anyone can do it.
Old pair of jeans
Paints (acrylic or fabric)
Newspaper or drop cloth
I picked up my “boyfriend” jeans in the men’s section for $12 at the thrift store.
Assemble some paints and an old toothbrush. You can use fabric paints, but you can also use acrylics with a bit of water added. I’ve used acrylics.
Although I show a few paint brushes in the photo, I only used the toothbrush and my fingers. Yes! It was messy! And yes! I got paint on my good shorts! : ( So be warned! Wear a painter’s smock. Acrylic paint never comes out of fabric, like ever.
Choose colours that you like and wear.
Flick the paint on by rubbing the toothbrush bristles back and forth with your thumb just above the jeans. I also used my fingers to wipe paint onto the jeans directly. There are no rules! This is freestyle!
I loaded these jeans up with quite a bit of paint so they are a bit stiff. Any stiffness will eventually disappear if you wash and dry your jeans a few times.
Here is the proof…some jean shorts I painted in 1990 which are as soft as a baby’s bum.
I still wear these cut-offs.
I thought you’d be able to see the jeans better with me crouched down like this. Instead, it looks like I’m squatting in the woods.
Have you ever altered jeans? Did you like how they turned out?
I will be taking a little bloggy break to enjoy summer, friends and family and will see you again upon my return in 10 days or so.
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Hollie Ramsey says
Kind of makes me want to start wearing jeans again! Now if only I can find a pair that can fit my giant thighs and ridiculously flat butt.
jess jannenga says
Love all of your day projects, the drawn flowers , so cool! Love all the painted color..very creative!
All of these jeans are amazing and my brain is exploding with ideas. Thanks for being so inspiring!
You look great in your jeans. Will you be posting a pic of you in those shorts? 😉
elle the Elle Diaries says
I love all of these! The paint splatter is great and I adore the white doodles, I would try that if I were a better doodler. ( haha!) Truly, i might manage these, but such a mess I would make. I will have to find them thrifting or on eBay. I do have pair of appliqued ones I found, and will wear soon.
Love the last pose!
You are so talented. I love my new bag!
Very artsy, very fabulous – I love this look. Are you waiting for the tram? (that was fun). Thanks for sharing the DIY, xox
Anna Parkes says
This is a really effective look on you Suzanne especially with those fab shoes. Much as I love a bit of creativity I don’t think I can venture into this as it’s so messy. I really don’t do messy. Wish I could, but the perfectionist in me is too controlling. Sounding uptight? Yep, I think that’s me rumbled.
Another fab post x
Sue @ A Colourful Canvas says
You really are a maker Suzanne! You may start with a thrifted garment, but you transform your purchases brilliantly! I wanna do this!!!
jodie filogomo says
Now that’s a relatively easy DIY—and looks fun!
I think as we get older, we realize it’s better to be unique and not look exactly like everyone else! Thus your jean adventures are a great project!!
Enjoy your break!!
Marilee Gramith says
You are just too much fun Suzanne! I love doing this kind of stuff and I agree that denim makes a great canvas for lots of funky ideas and embellishments.
Like you I’ve done patches and embroidery and I’ve used permanent markers to create graphics on t-shirts. I didn’t know that acrylic paints were doable on fabric!! So thanks for that tip.
I’m hatching ideas as I write this. You’re so inspirational!!
Happiness at Mid Life says
Fun jeans and I am not creative enough to do any DIY projects. I am not sure I would look as chic as you do in splatter jeans. I am pretty sure i would look like I just made big mess with paint.
Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.
Back in the Seventies, everyone decorated their jeans. With everything, including like this. You’re giving me flashbacks!
Shon Valdry says
Ah, you, Glenda and Tamera are clever ladies with the jeans lately! I love the shredded denim and now these paint splatter ones are a hit! Well done!!
I swear that you’re the only person in the world that makes me crave a pair of jeans. Your DIYs are fabulous especially those doodled ones, i love them! xxx
Sydney Fashion Hunter says
Sounds like great fun and i do like the idea of the rhinestones as well 🙂 I destroyed my own jeans a while back and was really happy with how they turned out. I would love for you to link this post to my weekly fashion blogger link up if you get a chance. http://sydneyfashionhunter.com/2016/08/navy-striped-cutout-top.html
Debbie Stinedurf says
Lol…squatting in the woods! I am so going to have to try that pose. Can I tell you how much I love these jeans? Ann at Kremb de la Kremb recently posted a pair that she did on Instagram and I thought they were fabulous. Now you’ve done it too…I almost feel like I have to try it because all of the cool girls are doing it. 🙂
I wish I could find a pair of jeans that fit me so that I could mess around with them. I have one nice dark wash pair of Gap ones I purchased at a thrift store that fit pretty well, and I’m not going to experiment with those. I like the ones you drew the flowers on the best, but they are all fun and funky.
Oh frig – I almost missed this post and I sooo wanted to see these jeans that almost wrecked your shorts! And, gaaa, I LOVE them! I like how you chose men’s jeans too. The paint itself looks perfect. It’s good to know that they will soften with washing. I have some stiff pieces that I’m afraid to wash too often. AND I love your 1990 shorts with the chopped waistband. Very cool.
In love with these jeans! xxx
I love these paint splattered jeans. Beautiful! I also like the doodle and did this in the extreme one day in high school. I had a pair of jeans, and I rarely wore jeans to school unless they were GV or Jordache, but these were tearing at the knee. I took a sharpie and drew a hinge on both knees and then let anyone who wanted to write/draw on my pants that day. I don’t think I ever wore them again.
My mom, in the 70s, used to put guitar strap material at the bottom of her jeans to make them bell more/longer. She also went through a phase where she “pinto-ed” a lot of denim in our house. It involved bleach and large rocks in the washing machine.
I have got to find an outlet for some art and you’ve given me some ideas. Thank you!
Very artistic! I always love the way you style your hair, makeup and your facial expression with the look youre wearing. It is so spot on!
Darlene Fadem says
That looks like a lot of fun to try! Yours turned out great!
I thought I was the jeans queen but I think I may have to hand my crown over to you. This reminds me so much of the 1970’s when we could only really buy jeans that were crispy and clean and totally uncomfortable until they had been worn and washed about 100 times. So we would beat the hell out of them and wear them to death. If there was an award for jean farking – and there totally should be – you would win it.
No Fear of Fashion says
You are a true artist. Your jeans are stylish and unique. I think the photo of you crouching down is adorable. Nothing wrong with it.
Have a lovely break dear.
You are so unbelievably creative! I love the ones you made already and these ones are so cool- I like the galaxy look it creates!!!
Elizabeth g. Arthur says
Love the paint splattered jeans with the blue heels! Fabulous! Actually, it’s all fabulous, xx
I love your creative alterations! I try my own experiments from time to time. Lately I have been pom-pom-ing a lot of stuff: bags, shoes, hats and clothes.
Hands down I like your version so much better than the ones at our favorite over-priced thrift store (aka Anthro).
This is a silly comment but, I LOVE the fact that I’m not the only one who ruins her good clothes because she stupidly forgot a smock! 😜😂 Great jeans!!