Monday, June 11, 2012

DIY// Americana shorts

Hey guys! I have a brand new DIY for you!! I am SO stoked about this. This was probably one of my favorite projects I've ever made for you. It was really fun, and it definitely put me in the mood to set off some fireworks down by the lake. But it's not quite the 4th yet, so in mean time, why don't you make these to wear on America's 236th birthday?

- Cut off shorts
- Cardboard/Heavy weight paper/Folder (Something sturdy you can cut your stars out with. Normal paper will not work for this project.)
- Tye dye in blue and red
- Spray bottles
- Tape (Painters or Scotch will work fine.)

Prep your shorts: Cut out as many stars as you would like to have on your shorts. Search for star patterns on Goggle. Then print and trace onto your card stock, or whatever you are using, and cut them out. Play around with placement until you have the look you like. Use some Scotch tape to stick them on the shorts. 

Tape off your stripes with some painters tape or Scotch tape. Obviously, I used used normal clear office tape. You'll see below that it worked really well.

Cover one side with a plastic bag or garbage bag, and spritz one side with the dye until the whole side is covered evenly. Repeat for each side.

 Gently remove the stars and tape from your shorts and let dry for 24 hours.

You can throw them in the wash if you want a more faded look, or keep as is for darker colors. 

Outfit post coming up after this one! Hope you liked it, and if you try it, let me know in comments!


  1. Stunning! I may just have to make myself a pair of these! <3

  2. I always see people destroying an American flag to achieve the look, but I love your version of it!
    Very creative :) Might give this a shot since I've been looking for a pair for awhile
    Good job!

    1. Me too! The thought of doing that kinda made me uncomfortable, like i was being disrespectful, you know? Tye dye is where it's at!

    2. I agree, I've seen so many complaints on forums about it being disrespectful. So true.
      When I have the supplies, i'll definitely test it out! :)

  3. This is so cool! We're loving it.

  4. I love this! They are usually so expensive! This is great! Thank you! x

  5. Haha looks fun! I'll have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

  6. its nice :D gotta try one now :D

  7. you should enter the Design Sponge competition with this....

    good luck.


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