American Flag Shorts




Introduction: American Flag Shorts

About: Just a girl who spends her days crafting! I love creating new things out of duct tape, clay, or anything that can be made into something new!

With Forth of July coming up, I wanted to make a pair of American flag shorts! These shorts took me around an hour and a half to make and it looks awesome :)


-One pair of shorts

- Sponge makeup wedges ( I found that these work better than foam brushes because it allows you to blend the paint better)

- Fabric paint ( I used crimson red, marine blue, blue, and white from Tulip soft paint, pink rose from Tulip puffy paint, and crystal very berry red from Scribbles 3D paint)

- Painters tape

- Martha Stewart's white and gray glitter (optional)

- Sliver two-prong studs (optional)

- Cutting mat

- X-acto blade

- Printed star stencil

- sand paper or nail file

Step 1: Cutting and Taping

I Started by cutting an old pair of jeans into shorts. I did this by laying a pair of shorts that were the length I wanted on top of the jeans. Then I put painters tape around the area that I was going to paint.

Step 2: Base Coat

I stated by painting a thin layer of white paint onto the shorts. When doing this, I made sure to not have a lot of paint on the sponge. This way, I could create a distressed look. I ended up doing two coats of the white paint.

Step 3: Creating the Stripes

Using the painters tape, I cut out 1inch strips. I then layer them on the shorts making sure they were evenly spaced.

Step 4: Painting the Stripes

For the first layer of paint, I mixed together pink rose and crystal very berry red. I did this so I could have a pink under tone to the stripes and because the crystal very berry red has sparkles in it. After that dried, I sponged on crimson red and removed the tape.

Step 5: Painting the Blue

I taped around the area I was going to paint blue. While I was painting, I blended together the blue and marine blue paint.

Step 6: Creating the Star Stencil

I then found a star pattern on google images. I transferred it onto google drive and made the stars 1inch by 1inch. After I printed the stars, I cut the out using an x-acto blade and a cutting mat.

Step 7: Painting the Stars

Before I started painting, I mixed white and gray glitter into the paint. I then started to paint the stars using the star stencil. I recommend creating a stencil with two rows of stars, This way, you can use the second row to line up the stars to make them equally spaced.

Step 8: Studs (optional)

After I let the paint dry, I decided to add studs around the pockets. I used the two prong studs and used an x-acto blade to make slits for the prongs to go into.

Step 9: Distressing

When I finished adding the studs, I used a nail file to distress the bottom of the shorts, If you have sand paper, I recommend using that.

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    7 years ago

    I'm sure you didn't mean this project to be un-patriotic, but this is a very disrespectful depiction of our Stars And Stripes.
    Please read up on the proper use of the American Flag and you may see what millions of Americans stand for and have fought and died for.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sorry. I never meant for this to be un-patriotic. I have seen many American Flag shorts online and I just wanted to teach people how to make their own. Please accept my apology.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    No apology needed. You have a clever idea. Don't let this stifle your imagination.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    No apology needed. Just a heads up for you. And I'm not the flag police, either.
    BTW: They are pretty cool and a very good idea. Just a different pattern, maybe.


    7 years ago

    Looks great!
    Not sure how well they would hold up in a washing machine, but pretty cool.