DIY Studded Denim Cutoffs


I have been wanting to do this DIY for quite some time now, but with the current denim dressing feature on our website and studded trend I told you about yesterday, the stars all aligned and it finally came together this week! I’ve seen many ways to stud a pair of cutoffs or jeans, but the two images above, found on tumblr, really stood out to me. I love the subtlety of the triangle of studs on the cutoffs, and the torn back pocket folding over to reveal studs on the inside. The best part about this project is how easy and fun it is to do!



What you need: A pair of jeans or cutoffs (I used the fp denim cutoffs) and some studs of whatever shape or size you choose. You can find a variety of studs on etsy!


I decided to use these little silver pyramid studs, and laid them out first on the shorts to make sure that’s where I wanted them.


I was able to poke the prongs of the stud right through the shorts very easily – then just press them down flat to hold the stud in place!


If you want to, you could also sew a piece of fabric over the studs, just to make them more comfortable against your skin.



I wish someone had warned me about how addicting studding can be… I now have the urge to stud all my clothing!

Check out our studded styles.

Get crafty with more of our DIY projects.

Other related posts: DIY: Update Your CutoffsDistressed Jeans DIY


  1. love this diy!! i want to do it as soon as i get off work,but i have no rivets/studs…hmm..@S..I checked out your diy and it was so awesome, loved the ombre blue shorts with studs!!

  2. haley – no i didn’t cut them, but i had just washed them when i took these photos so they may have shrunk a little – they’re slightly long, but they look really cute if you cuff them :)

  3. linney b – this is my DIY, I shared it with A Pair and a Spare – if you read the post on her site, it says the DIY is by Free People. Thanks!

  4. hi! i loveeeee your studding. i wanted to do this to just a pair of shorts and maybe a pair of jeans or two.. how many studs would i need? 50? 100?

  5. ok i am in love with these! great for madrid spain weather and for hula hooping!! gonna try these out ASAP
    needs to get a little bit warmer here though :)
    thanks for sharing!

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