DIY Fashion: Studded Denim Shorts

Sunday 10 June 2012

So I've been thinking about 'up-cycling' a pair of old denim jeans for the longest time, it was just a pretty scary idea because I hate stuffing things up! Today I finally plucked up the courage to take a pair of scissors to these old things:


My denim wardrobe (yes I have a separate one for denim haha) is home to a couple of styles that I'll realistically never wear again. So I decided to sacrifice these Paper Denim & Cloth jeans (whatever happened to them!?) in the hope of giving them a new lease of life.

All I needed was a new pair of scissors, a scalpel (although you can use scissors), pliers & studs! I already had a huge bag of studs I bought a year ago so I was good to go. Here are the results...


Overall, I'm pretty chuffed. I wanted to keep them long-ish because I don't like teeny tiny shorts but I think I could maybe go an inch shorter without exposing my goodies.

Close Up

The studding took quite a while because I'm such a perfectionist. I know it isn't flawless but they are super tricky to align. I watched a couple of DIY videos where the studding was way off so I didn't do too bad.

I'm planning on raiding a few charity shops tomorrow for old Levi's & white jeans. If I snag a pair of white jeans I'm going to dip-dye them (& stud some more). If anyone's interested I will blog about them too.

What do you guys think? They look okay for a first attempt, right!?

I'm gonna keep practising until my shorts are the next Runwaydreamz ;) T XoX


  1. I love them! Definiely gonna try some of my own DIY-ing st some point!

  2. Move over Runway Dreamz, the Style Rawr are taking over!! Haha the studding looks ace! I've been thinking about doing the same to a pair of denims, thanks for the tutorial!

  3. ooooh, i love it!!! for a first attempt, it's amazing! :D

    <3, Mimi
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  4. Ohhh I love them..they look so professional!!
    Love them!


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