Press a wet eraser on your pants. No one will be able to look away.
Every time you open your closet, do you look wistfully at what used to be your favorite pair of jeans? You would so love to wear them again but they've faded, you don't like the length anymore or they seem somehow boring?
We'll show you 20 creative ways to give your jeans a new look. You can do it yourself and the end result is great.
1. Painted lace pattern
With Sharpies and lace cloth you can quite easily give your light-colored jeans an elegant appearance. The lace cloth functions here as your stencil. Color with the Sharpies through the cloth directly on to the denim to create a fine pattern.
3. Animal print with bleach
The most important parts of this trick are bleach and a paintbrush. Of course, you don't have to choose an animal-related pattern, but leopard print is already a classic.
For this, it's best to have craft glue and a needle and thread laid out ready. Depending on your preference, you can opt for one-color elegance with a pattern of white pearls or go for something playful with multicolored beads.
5. Kissing lips
Although you love your jeans so much that you would like to kiss them from top to bottom, there is an alternative. You can simply buy an appropriate rubber stamp. Incidentally, this works particularly well on white fabric, as these instructions show.
6. Geometric shapes
7. Fringed jeans
8. The spattered look
The process for this is a lot of fun, because you don't need to be particularly skilled and at the same time you can let your inner child run wild, and spatter your jeans with paint to your heart's content.
9. Polka dots
Above all, this style gives off a playful vibe. There are various methods, according to the size of the dots that you would like to have. If you prefer smaller ones, besides the color, a pencil with an eraser attached and a ruler are your most important tools.
10. Painting with a stencil
This kind of decoration is particularly suitable for beginners, because you don't have to do anything beyond paint the stencil of your choice with any color. With white hearts, it's very difficult to make a mistake.
11. Painting without a stencil
This is for professional artists — or anyone who wants to become one. With an inspiring idea like this cherry blossom design, you can produce something really wonderful.
12. Pom pom fringes
This is probably the most traditional method of all — either for doing up your old jeans or repairing them. But you can definitely make it look more fashionable than in your grandma's time.
It might not seem the most creative of ideas, but a little bit of embroidery on your jeans with a needle and thread can work wonders. A bit of cross stitch on the pockets or on the seam is just the thing.
15. Tie-dye techniques
Tie-dyeing has been associated with hippies since forever. You can do all sorts of things with it — and above all, make your wardrobe that bit more colorful!
16. The ripped look
A classic when it comes to customizing your jeans — the slashed or ripped look. Instead of forking out to buy new jeans that already look this, you can just grab the scissors and follow these simple instructions.
17. Aztec patterns with bleach
The best thing about this method is that it really doesn't look like you did it with your own two hands. Although patterns like this look too difficult for you to do yourself, it's really not true!
18. Sketching with a bleach pen
This trick is great for modifying dark blue jeans — and for letting your imagination have free reign when it comes to the patterns. On top this, you don't need anything except jeans, a bleach pen, and paper, to lay under the fabric while sketching.
19. The ombre effect
This style is borrowed from hair dyeing techniques. The attractive dark-fading-to-light effect is the same. This method describes the process for dyeing synthetic pants using a dye that you have to heat in a pan. Normal denim fabrics are easier to color.
20. Galaxy style
This method for reviving old black jeans should win awards for its creativity. With acrylic paints, bleach and a toothbrush, you'll never need to travel to outer space to see the stars because they'll be right there on your pants. Amazing!
And it just so happens that many of these methods can be combined: why not make your own picture out of pearls? Or mix pearls with studs? There are so many ways to create your own style — and almost for nothing. Now all you need is 20 pairs of jeans to embellish — maybe more!