4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Neon Lights Shorts

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Summer isn’t hot without some neons to light up the night! We’ve taken a few of our favorite items to DIY with, and given a pair of white jean shorts the neon treatment. These shorts are perfect for a pool party, or a fun night out. This DIY would also look awesome with a black pair of jeans for a high-contrast look. DSC_0310What You’ll Need:

White Jean Shorts
10mm x 15mm Sew-On Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm x 7mm Sew-On Mini Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm Round Hf Epoxy Nailheads
7mm Flat Square Hf Nailheads
6mm Hf Octagon Rhinestone Stud
Iron
Needle and Thread

 DSC_03121. Create a pattern going down of side of the shorts using your spikes.

DSC_03162. Once you’ve settled on a pattern, sew them into place.

DSC_03223. On the opposite leg, create a pattern with your iron-ons.

DSC_03214. Once you’ve created your pattern, iron them on or use a hotfix setting tool.

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4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Braided Belt

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Sometimes the best way to accent a pair of shorts is to add an accessory to the mix! It’s also a great way to keep your favorite pair intact while also adding some interest. The best shorts accessory in our opinion is a funky belt! We used a leather and cotton braid with a pronged buckle to create a gorgeous (and easy) belt. No need to mess with leather hole punchers when working with braided trim!DSC_0287 What You’ll Need:

Colored Jean Shorts
Leather Braid
2 1/8” Rounded Square Metal Buckle
E6000
Needle and Thread

 DSC_03261. Punch the prong of the buckle through the center braided trim about 2 inches deep.

DSC_03272. Fold over the extra 2 inches, and glue and sew in place.

DSC_03333. Add some glue to the tip of the other end of the leather so it does not fray. Let dry.

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 Looking for more inspiration for your next shorts accessory at our 4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts Shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Ripped and Chained

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Does your summer need a little more edge? Take your ripped denim shorts up another notch with chain! In this DIY we’ve take a regular pair of ripped denim shorts, and added a metallic element with various chains. These are the perfect shorts to wear if you’re feeling a little more dark and daring!
DSC_0250-2What You’ll Need:

Black Ripped Jean Shorts
4mm Metal Chain
5mm Jewelry Metal Chain
4mm Jump Rings
Pin or Small Hole PuncherDSC_0256-21. Start out by punching a hole near the edge of a large rip.

DSC_0262-22. Push a jump ring into the hole, and add a chain end to the ring before closing it.

DSC_0266-23. Add another hole to the opposite side of the ripped hole. Push a jump ring through, add the end of the chain to the jump ring, and close.

DSC_0268-24. Repeat this process on random rips.

DSC_0270-2Need some more chain to make your shorts rocker-chic? Check out our 4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts Shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Ruffled Lace

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Lace shorts have been seen on style blogs and in stores all over the country, and we absolutely adore this trend! The light and airy look of lace with a relaxed pair of denim shorts is the ultimate salute to summer. We chose a ruffled trim to capture the carefree nature of the season, but you can pick any style you like. You can even mix up the color with black lace on red shorts for more of an evening look.

DSC_0277What You’ll Need:

Light Wash Blue Jean Shorts
Frilly Ruffled Lace Fringe
Needle and Thread

DSC_02781. Turn your shorts inside out, and line up the lace trim where you want it to go.

DSC_02842. Sew the lace trim around each leg opening.

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To find more inspiring materials to work with, check out the 4 Ways shop!

Shorts for Summer Inspiration

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The summer is made for wearing shorts! They can be casual, dressed up, basic denim or crazy colored lace. Here are a few of our favorite styles to wear now that the weather is warm!445f9e49167996b59ae5a0159c58dcf7Add Americana to your wardrobe with these cool shorts!

8f9075b82506889d8d5eb21af7b6b721Dress up bright shorts with an equally bright blazer, and a pair of heeled sandals.

9e2fb4d6943f2aa443b9757de3cc36bdWe love these embellished shorts that shimmer in the sun. Just be careful where you sit!

6316069d3a2d1a354b473455ed8369a2Sometimes you don’t wear shorts to feel cool, but hot! These leather shorts are so chic, and prove that anything can be dressed up to look like an elegant outfit.

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Do it big with a fun patterned print like these geometric Moroccan print shorts!

 

Top 5 Floral D.I.Y

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Top 5 Floral D.I.Y’s

This week we are obsessed with floral prints. The once girly print has transitioned itself into a wearable everyday piece.  Each of these D.I.Y Bloggers has showcased a floral project in a diverse way making these blogger our top 5 d.i.y’s of the week. Click on the images for the full tutorials on each piece and stay tuned on Tuesday for our take on the spring trend.

SwellMaybe DIY ShortsSwell Mayde’s D.I.Y Floral Denim Shorts

Free PeopleFree People’s D.I.Y Denim Repair

Floral Embroidered Bib Necklace DIY 2Home Heart Craft’s floral bib necklace

Beautiful-Ideas-For-Necklace-12Fashion Diva Design’s Floral Necklace

lana del rey flower crown wreath diyFuji Files’s D.I.Y Flower Crown

DIY Pom Pom Shorts

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A while ago we shared our pom-pom inspiration with you, and ever since then, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect silky pair of shorts for a pom-pom DIY. We finally found a pair at the thrift store, and of course we grabbed some pom-pom trim from M&J Trimming. Follow along below to see how we made our pom-pom shorts, and let us know what you think in the comments!

1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need:

2. Cut your pom-pom trim in half so you have two long pieces. Lay the shorts down and flatten them out. Along the bottom hem, begin applying a thin line of glue. Make sure you stay close to the bottom of the shorts so the pom-poms can dangle down.

3. After you’ve applied a few inches of glue, lay the pom-pom trim directly on top and press down firmly. Continue to repeat this process, applying a few inches of glue, and then adding the trim on top. You’ll have to rotate the shorts in order to go all the way around, so make sure the glue is fairly dry first.

4. When you’ve added trim all the way around the bottom of one side, snip of the excess trim and wait a few minutes for it to dry. Use the same process to add trim to the other side of the shorts.

5. You’re all set! Now you’re ready to show off your new shorts.


DIY Colored Fringe Shorts

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Heather of Fashionista New York Girl whipped up these DIY Fringe shorts using fringe from M&J Trimming. This is such an awesome way to use fringe – and we love the dip-dye effect. We can’t wait to try it ourselves with some of the fringe we have in store!

 

4th of July DIY: Stars and Stripes Shorts

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The 4th of July is almost upon us, so of course we’ve been getting ready with some American-themed DIYs! We found some awesome starred and striped ribbon in our store, so we jazzed up a pair of denim shorts and gave them some patriotic spirit. Keep reading to find out how to make it yourself!

Supplies:

1. Lay the starred ribbon over the top of the back pocket of your shorts, then cut it so it perfectly fits across the top of the pocket. Cut another piece of the same size. While the starred ribbon is still placed at the top of the pocket, place the striped ribbon underneath and cut it so it fits across the middle of the pocket. Cut another piece of the same size. Use the same process to create two bottom strips of the starred ribbon.

2. Flip the top piece of the starred ribbon over and add some glue to the back. Place it on the top of the back pocket and press down while glue dries.

3. Continue to glue down the other pieces of ribbon, making sure you have a starred piece at the top, then a striped piece, then another starred piece. Do this for both pockets.

4. Let the glue dry, then you’re all set. Pair your shorts with a flowy white top and a bright red bag, and rock them at 4th of July celebration!

DIY Lace Cutoffs

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Summer’s here, which means we’re ready to slip into our trusty denim cutoffs again. But this summer we couldn’t help but add a little DIY magic to our old jean shorts. So with a bit of lace and some simple sewing materials from M&J Trimming, we whipped up these lace-trimmed shorts that we’ll be living in all summer long. Try it out yourself and let us know how it turns out!

Supplies: 

Directions:
1. Cut a triangle out of your shorts that is roughly the shape of the lace. Make sure the triangle is centered on one of the side seams of the shorts.
2. Cut out a piece of lace in your desired size. You don’t have to use all of the trim – feel free to cut off the edges to get the right shape! Then pin the lace in place on top of the shorts.
3. Thread your needle, tie a knot at the end of the thread, and start sewing the lace to your shorts, pulling the needle in and out. Make sure you sew both the inner and outer edges. Once you have it all sewn down, tie a few knots where you finish, cut off the rest of the thread, and you’re all set. Now go show off your shorts!