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i’ve never really been one for clothing with the american flag on it…but i would totally love to do this with my shorts and if they came out looking half as good as valerie’s from bleach black i would rock them all the time!

what you need:

a pair of denim shorts

paint pens- she recommends two white and two red

x-acto knife, pencil and ruler

one piece of hard posterboard for stencil (she used the hangtag from the shorts)


and here are her instructions:

begin by practicing with your white paint pen, on the inside of your shorts, so you can get used to how the pen works.  once you are ready, prepare your stencil for your shorts.  my star is 1.25″ at the widest point.  cut out star with x-acto knife, and place on shorts.  use stencil to draw the outline of your shorts.  remove stencil, and fill in star with paint pen.  place next star approx 2″ away from next star.  if you end at a seam, draw a small part of the next star, to continue the pattern repeat.  once you are ready with your stripes, begin on the far left seam, using the seam as a ruler.  my red stripes are 1/2″ wide, and approx 3/4″ apart.  continue stripes up to waistband, and on coin pocket, but not on waistband.

sweet! you’re set for the 4th of july, too.


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oana roxana -June 23, 2010, 12:27PM


em -June 23, 2010, 5:56PM

I’m not a big fan of american flag clothing either, but I love these! I think it’s the vintage look and the fact that they kind of remind me of the road trip pictures you posted a few days ago…that would be really cool to do with navy blue converse too…

Eryn -July 5, 2010, 10:36AM

I saw these on your blog and decided to try it out–here’s the outcome!
I love, love, love them!
I made a few extra alterations, such as adding the plaid in the side seams.

archie -April 24, 2011, 9:51AM

these shorts are BEYOND fabulouss! omg i would love to do the stripes rainbow (gay pride flag). do you think i could use regular paint out of the bottle?

Alicia -May 19, 2015, 2:32PM

How did you get the whisker looking fold in them or did they come that way?

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