A little DIY is a great way to reinvent your wardrobe while saving your pennies and being a little more eco-friendly. That old t-shirt in the back of your wardrobe might just be your favourite new item.
Here are 3 easy picks that almost anyone can master.
Old jeans into denim shorts
What you’ll need: Old pair of jeans that fit well, scissors and pins
1. Try on jeans and determine how short you want them. Pin at the desired length. For cuffed shorts leave an extra 2 inches to fold. Turn the jeans inside out and lay them flat.
2. Based on where you pinned, cut each leg individually across with scissors. Cut them at a slight V-shape angle and make sure you don’t cut the pockets! If you’re going for a more vintage look, add some tears and slits and fray with scissors.
3. Wash. And voila! Now you have a new pair of cut off shorts! Make sure to wash them before wear to fray the hem a bit, making them look more authentic.
Skull back T-shirt
What you’ll need: An old T-shirt (preferably large), scissors and a pen or pencil
1. Sketch the outline of your skull onto your shirt, it’s okay if you’re not the greatest artist – it’s supposed to be messy!
2. Begin to cut out the eyes, nose and teeth starting in the middle and snipping outward. Tip: Stretch the fabric so the cuts don’t look too manufactured.
What you’ll need: A tote bag (black looks great), DIY studs (can be bought very cheaply on eBay), a knife and pliers or a stud gun
1. Use chalk or a pen to mark where you want the studs to be
2. Use a knife to make small holes (enough to get the stud prongs through) then use pressure to fold and press down the prongs down and secure. Tip: This is also a great way to revamp an old denim or leather jacket!