I’m so excited to share this DIY with you guys! It’s actually super easy, and only takes a couple steps. I was planning on purchasing these shorts from Urban Outfitters, but then my friend, Marissa, suggested we get together and try to make our own. With an ombré effect, and some distressing on the pockets we made our very own unique shorts. Hope you enjoy, and give it a try!
Now your going to take your spray bottle filled with bleach and start spraying a concentrated amount of bleach on the bottom. As you move towards the top spray less and less bleach creating the ombré effect. Keep in mind the shape of the shorts, so try and spray diagonally.
Your shorts are bleached! So, now you wait for the effect to soak in. This step probably takes the longest so we just let it sit overnight. If not just go watch some Netflix for about 6-8 hours. (I would suggest the September Issue, great movie.) Keep in mind to check on your shorts every hour or so, and don’t be hesitant to add more bleach!
So after what seems like forever, your shorts have now taken in the last bits of bleach. Unfortunately, my shorts are a bit dirty after what it seems like a rough night, (maybe a dog came and snatched them?) But, not to worry the end product looks just as bleached as Marissa’s.
Now time for the distressing! This is probably the best part, since you get to make your shorts look like your own. The first part of the distressing is fringing the bottom. Take the end part of your scissors and scratch them against the jean fabric, this causes the strings on the ends to come loose.
Another part of the distressing is creating small openings on the shorts. Pinch the area of the fabric where you would like to create a rip and take your scissors cutting the opening. Make about three small holes in the area, but not to close if not you’ll make one giant hole. Manipulate this process on the front and back.
Probably by this step you can’t wait to get the smell of bleach out of your shorts! Wash them on Normal for about 50 minutes, and then throw them in the dryer for about 50 more. The dryer will cause the holes we made in the shorts earlier to loosen, creating the distressed look.
And there you go, finished project! Hopefully the next time I have an old pair of shorts I can do this again. Hope this DIY inspires you to get crafty, and I guarantee you will have a blast through out the process. Oh, and shout out to Marissa for being my hand model in most of these photos, I was busy shooting with the camera. Don’t you just love her neon pink nail polish? I’m gonna have to ask her to let me borrow it some time.
-Stay Classy, Mariana