Saturday, June 16, 2012

DIY Americana Shorts.

"Vintage Americana" has been the talk of the town this past month.  I love this trend!!  I am a proud American and what better trend to have with the 4th of July approaching.  I have created an inspiration board on Polyvore of all things Americana.  



With all of this inspiration floating around I have had my eye on the lookout for some Americana gear.  I came across this DIY project on the Free People Blog and I had to try it out.

First I went to Urban Exchange, a local consignment store, and picked up a pair of jeans that could be easily cut into shorts.  I was looking for a lighter wash to create a more vintage look. 


This is a really easy project and there are only a few needed items.  Painter's tape, a stencil, cardboard (to lay under shorts in order to prevent paint from bleeding through) fabric paint, and a pair of shorts!


I started with the stripes.  Lay down the painters tape in the desired width of stripes.


Use fabric paint and spray away!


Leave tape on the shorts until dry.  Next on the to stars.


I found it easiest to spray paint onto a pallet and use a paint brush to fil in the stencil.  If you spray the paint first it will bleed under the stencil and you will end up with a blob instead of a star!


You can touch up the edges with a small paintbrush.


Tadah - final product!!  I love the look, very vintage Americana.  I will for sure be wearing these on the fourth, with a tan wedge and loose white tank!


11 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this look too!! Great idea with the shorts, I will deff try that out:)

    ~CC
    www.thattallgirl2.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! Let me know how your shorts turn out if you try this project!

      -Mckinzy.

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  2. this is so cool! the finished product looks great!

    -Melina
    The Caffeinated Closet

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    1. Thank you for your comment Melina!

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  3. wow what a cool diy, maybe I'll try it myself:)
    xx Kate

    http://style-department.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Kate! If you try the project, let me know how it turns out!

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  4. Sooooo cute and really cool!!

    -Lauren
    http://adornlafemme.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for your comment Lauren! :)

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  5. You are a fashion designer: this short is amazing!
    I think it's better than which you can buy :)
    I like flag printing, maybe not italian flag...it's too boring

    www.prettytobehappy.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. Try out the Italian flag I bet it would be awesome! :)

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  6. Great DIY sweetie...I'm gonna wear mine soon... it's almost 4th of July here. :)
    would you mind to follow each other?
    xx shey

    http://thelittlebearcub.blogspot.com/

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