If you’re planning on attending a music festival this summer–or even a beach or barbecue–you’re going to need a pair of jean shorts. As much fun as I have calling them “jorts,” cut-offs are one of the easiest, coolest, and most comfortable things a person can wear when it’s hot out. Unfortunately, the ubiquity of plain, store-bought jean shorts has made them seem a bit basic. But that’s OK, because jean shorts are really easy to customize. With a bit of a summer craft project, you can have a brand new pair that is completely unique. Here are some easy jean short hacks that will let you DIY your way to the coolest butt on the beach this summer.
1. How to DIY Jean Shorts
This is genuinely the easiest clothing hack you are ever going to see.
2. DIY High-Waisted Shorts
You know how we feel about high-waisted shorts. (We love them.)
3. DIY Lace Shorts
Eyelet and dotted swiss and white openwork embroidery is a big trend for summer. This is a good way to get the look on any pair of old white shorts you find.
4. American Flag Shorts
I don’t know about you, but these pictures really make me want to spray paint something.
5. Heart Print Shorts
Could these be more Zooey Deschanel?
6. Polka Dot Jeans
These are just perfect, and not too twee for adults.
7. Distressed Jean Shorts
If your jorts are looking too corporate, just attack them with some sandpaper until they’re ready for the festival circuit.
8. Hemmed Cut-Offs
If you don’t want a roll or a frayed edge, here’s how to finish off the legs of your new jorts.
9. DIY Bell Bottoms
OK, these aren’t actually jean shorts. But I had to include them because I remember when bellbottoms suddenly came back when I was in middle school and I spent years trying to find the perfect pair.
10. Ombré Jean Shorts
Denim takes dye beautifully, so go ahead and ombré up any white shorts or pants you have lying around.
11. Bleach-Dipped Jean Shorts
This also works.
12. DIY Colorful Shorts
Given how easy it is to dye denim, you can take an old pair of jeans, bleach them, and then make them an entirely new color.
13. Tie Dye Jean Shorts
This is making me super nostalgic, and I actually really like the shorts.
14. Studded Jean Shorts
With a package of studs purchased off the Internet, any pair of shorts can become cool studded shorts.
15. Galaxy Shorts
These are pretty hardcore. They’re also a great summer craft project. Get a beer and get to painting.