Seeing Stars: DIY

The other day, my roommate and I went to TjMaxx to find some cute décor for our apartment. Of course, we were roped into their clothing department as soon as we stepped foot in the store. I’ve been wanting some more athletic leggings, and was overjoyed when I found a black, star-printed pair, which I immediately threw in my cart. By the way, they retailed for $78 and I got them for $15. Amazing.

The next day, I wore the leggings and could not stop obsessing over how cute they were, and how they were so fun compared to my typical plain black leggings. The crafting junkie in me took over and I was inspired to DIY a pair of star-printed jeans. While at TjMaxx, I also purchased a pair of distressed jeans, and figured since I got them for only $15 (again, amazing) they’d be the perfect pair to experiment on.

I realized that if I was going to be plastering stars all over a pair of jeans, I might as well go all out, so I grabbed my handy-dandy spray bottle of bleach, and after a quick stop at JoAnn Fabrics for some fabric paint, I was ready to go.

To start the process, I put my jeans on a pants hanger and hung them on my shower curtain rod. Then I got my spray bottle of bleach and just went to town, spraying and splattering bleach all over. TIP: If you’re going to try this, make sure you change into some old clothes you don’t mind getting messed up first. Once they were dry and I was satisfied with how they looked, I got ready to paint.

There’s absolutely no way I could free-hand stars, so I traced 3 different star sizes onto a sheet of paper and cut them out to use as stencils. At JoAnn Fabrics, I purchased fabric paint and a fabric paint pen, so I used the pen to outline the shapes on my jeans before I actually began painting.

Once I had all my stars outlined on the front of my jeans, I grabbed an old paint brush and filled the stars in with fabric paint. The paint I used insisted drying for four hours, so I hung them up to dry until I could move onto the back side. When they finally dried, I repeated the process and hung them up to dry overnight.

Side note: Netflix while crafting is dangerous. It’s very distracting and leads to mistakes being made.

We don’t make mistakes, just little happy accidents.

(Bob Ross, legend)

When I woke up the next morning, I was thrilled to see my completed pair of star-spangled jeans hanging on my closet door waiting for me to try on.

I am so happy with how these turned out and I can’t wait to rock them on my next night out! Although time consuming, this process was super easy and well worth the wait. I hope you enjoyed my first DIY and that this inspires you to get creative and have fun with some pieces of clothing you think could use a little extra flare!


“Stars can’t shine without darkness” (D.H. Sidebottom)