17 Creative DIY Ways To Update Old Denim Shorts For This Summer

One summer wardrobe basic that I can pretty confidently say all of you own is a pair of denim shorts. They’re versatile, comfortable, and they keep you cool – it’s hard to go wrong with them. In keeping with the rest of the fashion trends of the year, this summer, embellished denim shorts are a ~thing~ and that means that lots of stores are selling them with embroidery, patches, patterns, or some other kind of embellishment. Of course you can still wear your plain shorts if you want, but isn’t it fun to mix it up a little bit?

That said, maybe you don’t want to buy any new shorts. Maybe you own a lot of pairs you love, but you wish they were a little more interesting. Or maybe you want to get a super cheap pair and then make them look a lot cooler. If any of these things seem relatable, then you might want to try these DIY projects to update your shorts and make them look amazing. There is so much you can do with a pair of jean shorts that the possibilities are basically endless, but the below options are some of our favorites. Whether you’re looking for something feminine, grunge-inspired, or unique, there’s something for pretty much everyone. Check out these DIY ways to update your denim shorts, and get those creative juices flowing.

1. Painted Daisy Shorts



Use paint to create pretty daisies – it’s a lot easier than it looks. You can mix and match colors if you want something brighter.


2. T-Short Shorts



Snip up an old t-shirt that doesn’t fit anymore and put it onto your denim shorts. It’s such a cool and unique mix.


3. Galaxy Shorts



Use a simple tie-dye technique and the right colors to create the look of a galaxy print.


4. Floral Photo Shorts



If you’re more into realistic looking flowers, try this photo transfer technique with photos of flowers. You can really use any photo you want, though, so the possibilities are endless.


5. Lace Trim Shorts



If you know how to sew or have a sewing machine, you can add lace down the sides of your shorts for an easy feminine update.


6. Denim Cutoffs



You can always keep things simple by learning how to make old jeans into cute cut-offs. It’s a classic for a reason.


7. Pink Embellished Shorts



Use spray paint and some old jewelry to transform boring shorts into a colorful, embellished clothing option.


8. Polka Dot Shorts



Keep things simple by creating a polka dot pattern using paint and a pencil.


9. American Flag Shorts



Use paint to create the cutest American flag jean shorts ever – perfect for the 4th of July.


10. Floral Patterned Shorts



Use fake flowers and leaves to create the coolest pattern on your shorts that will look so professional.


11. Distressed Shorts



Learn how to make your DIY cutoffs destroyed and distressed like a pro.


12. Watermelon Shorts



Get into a summer state of mind with these adorable watermelon shorts that are easier to make than they seem.


13. High-Waisted Shorts



Create your own high-waisted shorts out of old jeans in only a few minutes.


14. American Flag Pockets



If you want the American flag look, but you don’t want to paint, try cutting up a handkerchief or scarf.


15. Colored Shorts



Take a break from boring denim blue with this tutorial for super bright, colorful shorts.


16. Lace Insert Shorts



Add a small lace insert to the side for some feminine flair.


17. Jungle Shorts



How gorgeous are these palm leave shorts? Learn how to paint them and get ready for the compliments to flow.

Which one of these DIY projects is your favorite? How are you going to update your shorts this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Wow, all these shorts got a new look and they are looking so cool and stylish. I will try this DIY way on my own Denim shorts. Thank you for sharing such an interesting post Keep sharing like this 🙂