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How To Make Everyday Denim Extraordinary

Now that it’s April, it’s time to put the cozy sweaters away and bring out the colorful tanks! But what do you pair those simplistic tank tops with? Everyday blue jeans sometimes feel too basic. What if I told you there was an inexpensive way to spruce up your closet and have fun?! 


Painted jeans are making a comeback and are the perfect way to add a bit of personality to any outfit. I’m going to teach you how to easily make them in just five simple steps! 


Step One: Gather your supplies! 

You’re going to need a few basic items in order to make this look come to life. 

  • Acrylic Paint 

  • A fabric medium – Gac 900 Heat-Seat Fabric Painting Medium

  • Paintbrushes 

  • A pair of jeans

  • An iron 

These first few items you can easily get at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Target, or any local craft store. As for the jeans, I personally grabbed this pair for $5.88 at a local thrift store. You may need to ask a friend or two for an iron but someone should have one laying around in their dorm room! 


Step Two: Mix your paint!

Read the directions on the back of the fabric medium bottle. You’ll want to mix the acrylic paint and the fabric medium together. This ensures that your paint will have more stretch and become durable. 


Step Three: Have fun!

Let your creative side run wild. Find an inspo pic on Pinterest, find an object, or just freestyle. You can’t go wrong! Paint anything that you think looks cool or goes along with your unique self! 


Step Four: Dry and heat!

After painting your fabulous design onto your denim, you’re going to want to make sure it dries fully. This way you don’t make a smudge when you try moving it. When your denim is finally fully dry, you’re going to want to heat set it. Being in a dorm room, I grabbed my friend’s mini iron and a sheet of paper, then went to town. You’ll be able to see the paint begin to have a more plastic feel and that’s how you’ll know it’s ready. 


Step Five: Wait! 

You’ll want to wait forty-eight hours to make sure your paints are in pristine condition. This will make sure that they don’t get ruined the first time you wear them! 


Now, after these five steps, you’re finally able to show off your super cool, cheap new jeans!

Natalie is the Events Director and a writer for Texas Christian University's Her Campus Chapter. She is a freshman this year studying Speech-Language Pathology and Child Development. In her free time, she can be found journalling, crafting, or taking pictures around Fort Worth.
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