Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo
This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UWB chapter.

So, you want a new, cool, ripped pair of jeans, but you don’t want to drop $50. I was in your shoes a few years ago, so I taught myself how to rip my own jeans. Ripping your own jeans is actually pretty simple, and your bank account will love you for it!

Here’s what you will need:

  • A pair of jeans or denim pants of any length

  • Sand paper 

  • A paper clip 

  • A pair of scissors 

  • Yellow color pencil 

  • Small piece of cardboard 


  1. Check out Pinterest or another image-based site for some inspiration. Searching up something as easy as “ripped jeans” helps you develop an idea of the type of holes you want to make! Pin a few photos to reference later!

  2. Find a pair of jeans! I often just rip jeans I no longer love or ones that have ripped on accident. 

  3. Try the jeans on! Using your pinned photos as reference, begin to outline the holes you want to outline with the yellow colored pencil. Once you are done outlining, take the pants off. It’s time to get crafting!

  4. Next, place the piece of cardboard in between the two layers of fabric. Staying within the outlines you created, use the sandpaper to fray the jean fabric!

  5. Once you’ve frayed the fabric and it feels soft, use the scissors to make a few parallel and lateral cuts on the frayed fabric. 

  6. Partially open your paper clip so that some of the metal is sticking out (but the majority has still retained its shape). 

  7. Use the paper clip to help separate the jeans’ fibers. 

  8. Continue to do so, as you see fit,until you are satisfied with how your jeans have turned out. 

This can be done with any jean material (denim)  clothing! If you have a jean jacket you want to rip, go right ahead! This is super fun, money saving and easy DIY! Have a blast!

Dessirée is a fourth year student majoring in biology at UWB. She plans on becoming a physician focused on closing the gap in the quality of health care women of underrepresented minorities receive. Amongst other things, Dessirée loves baking, writing letters, music, and spending time with her family. Dessirée loves an adventure, and enjoys traveling. So far, she has lived in five different countries. She hopes that Her Campus at UWB inspires and motivates readers to live their most authentic life.