I wouldn’t call myself the craftiest gal, which is why I don’t Pinterest often because it’s all the things I probably can’t do. However, once I see things trending that are being sold for a lot & look like something that seems easy enough to create, I usually set out to take on the challenge…
[[This awesome top in case you’re wondering…is the “Street Talk Top” for $45 & available from RIO RITZ AUSTIN HERE.]]
Ripped Shorts – your favorite summer shorts don’t have to be hundreds of dollars. It seems like a lot of options for distressed denim on the market these days is outrageously priced. If you simply have about 30 minutes and a few tools, you can achieve the same look for less than $15.
- old pair of favorite jeans or thrift store shorts
You probably understand what you’re about to get to do with all those tools you’re probably right. In order to get the look above (my shorts) you will:
a) Cut lines through each legs of the shorts in different lengths about 1 inch apart.
b) Take tweezers and slowly and carefully pluck off the strings one by one from each cut line. this will keep the strings attached to the shorts & give the “hung strings” effect.
c) Take sandpaper & grind through the lines going over softly until you get the distressed look that best suits you.
Here it a great tutorial on YouTube that also helped me along the way. WATCH HERE
Suede Choker – This one was probably my favorite & the easiest thing I have made. Suede chokers are everywhere right now & I can’t believe these are selling online for around $20! I had to save every girl I knew from making the mistake of spending that anything more than $5 on one.
- suede or velvet cord in any color
- 2 silver beads or any color bead desired
a) You can pickup any suede or velvet cords at your local Hobby Lobby or Michaels, or if you’re a #shopsmall gal like myself, then you can sit at home & order some great colors & great quality strands for under $4 (with shipping) from stores on Etsy such as HERE or this vegan cord HERE.
b) I used a little more than a yard, just so I can wrap it 3 times if I wanted, but really the options are endless. I found 4 metal beads that I liked [2 for each end], & mine look just like these HERE, that I picked up at the craft store.
c) Put 2 of the beads on each end & tie a little knot & wa-lah! You’ve got yourself a $5, & if you’re a little fancier, maybe a $7 boho choker!
Thanks for joining in on my first attempted DIY. If you have any questions or comments drop me a line below & I’m happy to help!