Olympic Denim Vest DIY And Giveaway!

Olympic fever has taken over, even here at Free People! It’s so much fun to watch and even more, it’s fun to get a little patriotic with your fashion to show support for your country! We decided that a denim vest was the perfect base piece to customize with your country’s flag for the Olympics. Though we are in the United States, we have a lot of love for Great Britain, too, and with London as this year’s Olympic host, we decided to put a Union Jack on the back of our denim vest! To show your support for the USA check out our American Flag Shorts DIY :)

olympic denim vest

What you need: a denim vest, fabric paint and painters tape. I suggest our Cut Off Denim Vest!

union jack

I used the above Union Jack found here as inspiration – I love its faded look!

olympic denim vest

The instructions for this will vary depending on what flag you customize your vest with, but make use of the painters tape to help make clean, straight lines.

I marked off the area for the large red cross first. Make sure you cover up all surrounding areas with tape so that you don’t get red paint where you don’t want it!

olympic denim vest

Now you’re ready to spray! I used red spray paint for apparel made by Simply Spray.

olympic denim vest

I actually just used a paint brush for the remainder of the Union Jack – I wanted the white to run over the red a bit to give it a faded, slightly rough look.

olympic denim vest

Using the painter’s tape, mark off where you want to make additional lines and just fill it in using a paint brush!

olympic denim vest

Ready for the best part? We’re giving this vest away! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your name and email address (so we can contact you if you win) and we’ll select a winner at random one week from today!

Check out our American Flag Shorts DIY and more DIY projects from the BLDG 25 Blog!

Photos by FP Julia


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LOVE THIS! totally obsessed!!


Love it! I ADORE the British flag!

Love this vest! definately going to make it


love love love this. but can i wear this with my DIY American Flag shorts, or will i look slightly confused?

SO RAD. i’m slightly obsessed with the olympics this summer! x

LOVE the union jack and this vest!!!

Oh LOVE THIS! And love the UK. Would mean the world to me if i won this!

Hugs xx

Elisabeth Mottard



Woo denim vests! Pretty cool DIY.


i want to DIY my own vest! i’m having such a hard time finding the *perfect* one in the thrift store :(

Alison B.

Awesome! Trying this technique out soon!


Love this! I too am having a tough time finding a great denim vest at the thrift store. I’d love to win this one!


I want THIS VEST! Inspired me to make one just like it!! I LOVE FREEPEOPLE for their innovative ideas and clothes!!!

Makenna L

Love this vest and team GB! If I don’t win I surely will be making one for myself!
Great DIY like always!


this. is. fabulous. never thought DIY clothing could look so perfect


Love it!


I made the flag shorts for the fourth.. I think I might need this vest to complete my ensemble.

Rebecca Cielinski

So adorable! Would love to wear it with studded white booties and leggings.


Would love to wear this!

Vanessa Miller

This is perfect–definitely need this! Love, love, love.


Kimberly DeAngelo

Need this! k.deange@gmail.com


I am in love with the vest!


absolutely adorable. neeedneedneeeeed.