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Crafty Ways To Customize Your Denim Jeans

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If you have a pair of high-quality, denim jeans made in America that you want to set apart from the rest in your closet, it's time to get crafty. With a few items from a craft store, you can design a boutique-quality pair of jeans that are perfectly tailored to your style and fashion sense. 

The good news is that you don't have to have any previous clothing design experience to make your favorite pair of jeans stand out. 

Customized Denim Ideas Include:

- Paint-Splattered

An easy way to give your jeans a cutting-edge, lived-in look is by using a paint-splattering technique. Decorating your pants with paint will give them an artsy, casual-cool vibe. To start the project, completely cover a work surface, such as your kitchen table, with an old sheet or newspapers.

Next, lay the pair of jeans you want to splatter down, front-side up. Put on a pair of rubber or Latex gloves and pour fabric paint into a bowl. You can use all-white, all-black or a mix of vibrant paint colors for a creative look.

Make a fist and dip it into the paint, and then fling your fingers open over the jeans to create a random, splattered effect. Cover as much as the front of the jeans as you desire, allow the paint to thoroughly dry, and turn the jeans over to do the other side.


Another way to transform basic denim jeans into on-trend pants is with jewels. You can wear your bejeweled jeans everywhere from running errands to a night out on the town. 

Again, protect your work surface and lay the jeans down. Pick up either a flat-backed plastic or crystal gem using tweezers and apply a dot of hot glue to the back. Using the tweezers, press the gem onto the jeans, holding it in place as the glue dries.

You can decorate just the front pockets, just the back pockets, or random areas on the jeans depending on your preference. As another idea, use the gems to create whimsical designs, such as hearts, stars or flowers.

-Lace Inserts

Use white lace to give a pair of faded, worn-in jeans designer appeal. Either start with a pair of jeans that already have holes in the knees, or create holes using coarse-grit sandpaper. Gently rub the paper over the knees until they begin to fray, and then pull the fabric apart to create a natural-looking hole. 

Turn the jeans inside out and either use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to sew white lace inserts over the holes, securing the fabric to the material around the tears. When you wear the jeans, the lace will show through the holes for a stylish look.