May 22, 2012

DIY: Ombre Denim Shorts


These were originally an old pair of jeans. I got bored and decided to cut them into shorts and then dye it ombre. The process is super easy, and it's just against fashion blogger rules to spend money buying something when it is so easy to make!

Here are the steps:
1. You would need a pair of shorts, water, bleach, and a bucket or sink. Household bleach is sufficient.

2. Fill the sink with half bleach and half water. Place the shorts in as far as you want it to bleach. Leave it for 30 minutes.

3. To get the ombre look, slowly add more bleach in the water and pull the shorts higher. I waited about 15 minutes in between adding more bleach.

After you are done, you can manually rinse the shorts to get the bleach off or throw it in the washing machine on it's own.
{Photos by Justyna; wearing Ray Ban Wayfarer, Dolce Vita heels, House of Harlow necklace, DIY shorts}

71 comments:

  1. Lovely! :D
    http://myworldofvertigo-vertigokris.blogspot.com/

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  2. Super!!! And $$$$ saver :P

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  3. Will be trying this for sure!!

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  4. another great DIY..
    thanks for sharing..
    ombre is so popular nowadays

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  5. Amazing pictures! I'm not really a denim short kind of girl, but now I'm finding myself wondering whether or not I should try this out on an old pair of jeans!

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  6. Lovely shorts! It's such a great DIY, looks like it's from the stores!

    Ash :o)
    ftashion

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  7. Love your DIY posts! Still thinking about your friendship bracelet one... I have a ton of old jeans and I really should give this a try!

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  8. love, love, love!! i know I have told you that I am going to try one of your DIY, but I promise, I am going to do this one - I been wanting to...i promise...teeheeheee this is so stinking cute - love your neon top!

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  9. I recently made my own pair of denim shorts as well! Yours looks great :) DIY projects are the best

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  10. love the statement necklace
    cute cute cute

    yajairasfashionnotes.blogspot.com

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  11. Love how these turned out! I may just have to try making my own version.

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  12. Julie this is just awesome, you've made me want to have a go myself!!!
    Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  13. Such a fun DIY! Love how the shorts came out. And I'm loving that necklace you're wearing too!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  14. i love it!! i am so gonna try this on my old pair of Jeans!! thanks!

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  15. OOOH, I would totally loove to go to the lake and tan with you !!!! that's exactly what I need right now :) I remember how hot it was in Ottawa during summer and I never had a conditioner, just a stupid cheap fan, that almost never worked. It was a niiiightmare! :) haha
    Love your DIY Julie. You inpire me so much every time I look at your cool things you make and I think....uuuh, I need to try it myself, but then Im too lazy to even start! :) Miss you tons!

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  16. i love this Diy!!! will definitely try this!!
    Rovie, The Bargain Doll

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  17. Wow, cool DIY and so nicely done! You look beautiful in it! BTW, new post up on my blog - I hope you visit soon! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style-Delights Blog

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  18. I am constantly cutting old pairs of jeans into shorts, but I really like what you've done with the ombre effect. I will definately be trying this.


    www.capitalfashion613.blogspot.ca

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  19. Great job, they look so expensive!

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  20. Awesome idea and I totally agree why buy it when you can just make it yourself!

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  21. looks great..i have to do it!

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  22. Those shorts look so nice :)

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  23. Perfect summery look! Great DIY and love the necklace and shoes! I did this same DIY with straight bleach and was surprised how long it took to bleach out my shorts! Amazing how I can get one drop on myself and it bleaches immediately, but when I bleached the shorts, it took forever lol!

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  24. Your shorts are amazing, you did a great job! X

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  25. Am so trying this!! It's so difficult to find denim shorts which don't show half my bum cheek so I might just have to cut my own pair.

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  26. Cool, I learned something new! I was familiar with hombre, but not ombre. I had to read it twice too get the idea. I had it backwards. At first I was thinking the shorts stayed still and you got the slightly less faded look by adding only water a little at a time...so the higher the water, the weaker the bleach. My brain isn't 100% today. =)

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  27. Ooh, what a great diy! I love the end result, it definitely makes boring shorts pop :)

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  28. Well done!! Those shorts look amazing! :)
    xx

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  29. Love your DIY ombre shorts. In my latest post I'm rocking the DIY tie dye shorts lol

    http://fashionistanygirl.blogspot.com/

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  30. Those look like so many of the pairs I've seen in stores. Great job looks good on you

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  31. Easy and a good way to re-use old denim! I gotta try this one out ^^

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  32. Il est magnifiqué ce short

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  33. Ooh, it looks so easy! I should do this over the summer with my friends and I love your shoes. ^^

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  34. Neat! Love the look of the shorts! def a must try

    Mary

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  35. Super easy! It turned out great! xo

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  36. Another awesome DIY project again! Oh and love your House of Harlow necklace ;)

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  37. Fabulous!! Thanks for the tip!! :D

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  38. Great DIY! I can't wait until I have jeans to ombre myself :)

    xx maggie
    saltandleather.blogspot.com

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  39. great DIY to get ready for spring/ summer!

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  40. You always have the best DIYs! This is definitely one I want to try.

    Marisa
    http://style-rhapsody.blogspot.com

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  41. Thanks for the comment on my blog!:-)

    Just wanted to let you know that i am gonna follow your blog, i've been looking for DIY blogs lately, so i consider my self pretty lucky to have found your blog!

    Maybe you'll follow back?

    Anyways, have a nice day!

    xoxo

    Pernille

    // www.Pernullecanhazblog.blogspot.com

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  42. great post, i really need to do something like this. i have been going diy crazy lately, watching all these youtube videos. when i am home for the summer in the us i know exactly what i will be doing! the shorts look fabulous and i love that necklace.

    xx rae

    http://www.loveforschoolgirl.net/

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  43. thanks for this DIY! I will now murder one of my old jeans and bleach it! :)

    Jenn
    The Pink Lemonade Girl

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  44. Such a great way, to rejuvinate an old pair of jeans, these look fab and such a great idea,thanks for the tip,I love to DIY!
    Love the bright orange vest and cool necklace you've paired this with.
    Hope your well and are having a wonderful week so far x

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  45. Oh my gosh - what an AWESOME DIY. I’m impressed ... they turned out great.

    xo everything-pretty.com

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  46. Great! I need to do this with my older, not so well fitted pairs now!! thanks bunches! :)

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  47. Those shorts are adorable! Great job!!

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  48. julie, you are amazing with your DIY projects! you look amazing and stylish. :)

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  49. I'm totally in love! I want to make a pair of shorts like those, but I never find the time to make them :S

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  50. Brilliant! I saw a post similar to this on another's blog, except with a denim jacket. I love how you could do it with any denim you would like!

    A Southern Drawl

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  51. Thanks for your comment!

    You look great, lovely Outfit! I'm following u now, let me know if you wanna follow me back :)
    xoxo

    www.inass-myfashion.blogspot.com

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  52. Adorable. Thanks for giving me a weekend project!!
    xo Annie
    newengladromance.blogspot.com

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  53. I love them!! such a great DIY. I want to try this with an old pair of jeans laying in my closet.

    xx
    Krissie

    http://thecriminallyexpensive.blogspot.com

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  54. Love the shorts!Now following.

    http://everydayrachel21.blogspot.com/

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  55. This DIY turned out perfectly! Such a hot trend too.
    Totally trying out this ombre denim shorts <3

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    Trendy Teal

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  56. Amazing DIY!! I love the effect on your shorts. It's not too severe like I've seen on other DIY's. Love your HoH necklace too!! <3

    toni

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  57. This is so neat, I've been seeing ombre denim more and more lately and you've replicated the effect perfectly here in your DIY :) Love the HoH necklace too.

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  58. Great look! Love the necklace! xA

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  59. You are super creative, I've been looking for a good tutorial for bleached denim and plan on trying some tomorrow.

    Love your DIY's and how good the photo's you take are!!

    www.capitalfashion613.blogspot.ca

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  60. top is neon fantasticalness and the shorts i want to do myself. argh, must find shorts i don't like and do that to them.

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  61. I love how your shorts turn out! They are perfect for summer!

    Fang Ting
    ftashion

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  62. you are really creative :) love the shorts and the color:) and you look great as usual.

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  63. wow, those are amazing. I love your necklace!

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