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Star-Spangled Shorts

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Patriotic shorts display your patriotism pants.

Get creative and make your own patriotic gear to wear on Fourth of July. This is a fun project to do with cut-off jeans or denim shorts. They can be worn all summer—red, white and blue never goes out of style!


  • Denim shorts
  • Paintbrush
  • Fabric paint (red and white, if painting on blue denim)
  • Star stencil and foam stencil brush (optional)


  1. Pre-wash shorts, if needed. 
2. Sketch your design on scratch paper before painting it on the shorts. Consider stars, stripes, or even polka dots.
  2. Lay newspaper on your work surface and put the shorts on the newspaper.
  3. Paint your design onto the shorts and let dry completely before wearing.

Tiffany Doerr Guerzon is a freelance writer and a mom of three children.

Complete your outfit with DIY 4th of July Flip Flops! Find directions here.

Published July 2016