Ready, Set, DIY!: Rev Up Your Wardrobe

These days it seems like Sarah Lawrence is suffering from an oncoming winter chill, but I’ll be damned if that stops anyone from popping with a bit of color. In honor of all the good-natured artists who inhabit this campus, here’s a quick DIY to help you remember—your clothes are a canvas too. Happy creating everyone!


What you’ll need:

  • A pair of old boyfriend jeans of chinos
  •  4 oz bottle of fabric or craft paint (featured here is Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paint in “Indigo”)
  • Flat paintbrush
  • Small plastic tray
  • Masking tape

Step One: Depending on the length of the pants, measure 12-16 inches from the bottom hem to the calf. Use a long piece of masking tape to tape off one leg. Repeat the step on the other leg, aligning the two to ensure evenness. Squeeze 2 ounces of craft paint into the small tray.

Step Two: Start painting, using generous amounts of paint. Be sure to get close to the edge of the masking tape for a straight line!

Step Three: Once the legs have been painted, allow it to dry completely. Turn the pants inside out, tape off a section 6 – 8 inches from the bottom (depending on the fold of the cuff), and paint. Once everything is dry, peel away the tape from the inside and out.

Step Four: Fold the bottom of pants twice…and cuff!


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Lauren Valentine (Fashion & Beauty Editor) is a sophomore. When she's not obsessing over her health or wandering New York City, she maintains the firm belief that one can never own too many pairs of pants. Her studies include German, International Socioeconomics, and various veins of Psychology. She hopes one day to achieve a well equipped yet unorthodox business platform--Sarah Lawrence style, of course.

1 Comment

  • Reply February 26, 2013

    Ari Jones

    Thanks for the DIY idea! I hunt the blogs for good DIYs and I would love to see more ideas (especially from SLC students) on SLCspeaks.

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