Friday, June 15, 2012

DIY: "Born in the USA" Cut-Off Shorts

Patriotism NEVER goes out of style!  And with the 4th of July right around the corner, this is the perfect piece for the season. Your local craft store should carry all the necessities for this "Do It Yourself" (DIY) project. Let's get started!

What you'll need:
*painter's tape   * red stencil spray   * white stencil spray   * 2 foam brushes
* star stencils   * small piece of scrap cardboard
* oh yeh! a pair of denim cut-off shorts ;)   (I'm a huge fan of the light blue- especially for this look)  

Take your star stencil and place firmly against the shorts. Putting the scrap cardboard behind the first layer of the short will help you keep everything more secure. I prefer putting the stars on the right side of the zipper (the left side facing front) to more accurately mimic the American flag, but it's within your discretion. Spray the white stencil spray onto the stencil and touch up using one of your foam brushes.

Next, take the painter's tape and adhere it to the other side of the shorts to create the stripes.  You can place them vertically or horizontally- it's up to you! In this DIY tutorial, the stripes run vertically, which is a fun twist on the traditional American flag.

Spray the red stencil paint onto the shorts over the tape. Don't worry if it's not perfect. The distressed/faded style just gives it a more vintage feel. You really can't go wrong. Again, you can touch up using your other foam brush to create just the look you're going for.

Remove the tape and allow to dry completely.

And you're all set! :)

There's nothing better than finding an inexpensive and fun way to create a trend that is retailing for $$$ right now. People won't believe you when you tell them you Did It Yourself ;)

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