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DIY Ombre Jean Shorts

Jul 10, 2014

A couple months ago, I told you about how I'm getting in the summer state of mind with Sauza Tequila and their refreshing Sauza-ritas. Today, I'm sharing a fun DIY for turning an old pair of jeans into cute ombre shorts, inspired by Sauza's Make Jorts with a Cowboy video.

I like to think my version of DIY ombre cut-offs has a little more finesse to it, but I'll let you be the judge...

For this DIY, you'll need:
A pair of jeans
A washable marker
A spray bottle

how to make ombre shorts

1. Pick a sturdy pair of jeans that can withstand being distressed. Try to pick a pair that doesn’t have too much lycra/spandex/stretch in them because these materials are more resistant to distress and tend to not look as good when they’re finished. Once you have chosen your jeans, put them on and mark where you want to cut them (with a washable marker) so they don’t end up too long or too short.

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2. After you have cut the shorts, you can use your scissors to add some distressed details. Open the scissors as wide as they can and, using one blade only, gently scrape the scissors over the fabric in a left to right motion. Do this a few times over the area where you want the ripped detail. Once you are satisfied with the size of the rip, you can use your fingers to gently pull on some of the threads, exposing the white threads and giving the rip a more finished look.

3. In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup bleach with 2 cups water. Mix well. Hang shorts in an open area outside (to avoid bleaching other items on accident). Lightly spray the bleach onto the hanging shorts. To create a smooth ombre effect, spray a lot on the bottom of the shorts and get them as close to white as you can. Saturate the portion of the jeans you want bleached—make sure to get nooks and crannies like the pocket and crotch areas. Let them hang dry in the sun.

diy ombre shorts

NOTE: You may need to adjust the bleach ratio depending on the color of the denim you are using. Darker shades will need more bleach and/or more frequent checking and re-spraying than lighter denim washes.

4. Check the shorts periodically to touch up areas that may have dried without being completely bleached. To smooth the color transition, spray a small amount of bleach into the colored area directly above where you want the white to start. This will fade the color just enough to create a smooth color transition from blue to white.

5. Wash in cold water to remove bleach and help finish the destroyed edges. Dry on light and rock ‘em all summer!!


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Ever think you could make jorts with a cowboy? Here's your chance to meet a man who crafts his heart out. Okay, so maybe he's not the best DIY-er. But what he lacks in cutting skills, he more than makes up for when he makes the perfect Sauza-rita. Watch him in action for ideas for your next ladies' night in: http://bit.ly/1juaLln.

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