DIY Acid Wash Jeans


Want to give denim some character? Try this trend!


  • bucket
  • old denim (pants, jackets.. anything!)
  • rubber bands
  • gloves
  • bleach
  • water
  • washing machine
  • dyer



1. Lay the jeans flat on the ground. Begin gathering fabric and tying rubber bands around different sections. If your rubber bands are thin, double them up so that two rubber bands are wrapped around each section.


2. Continue securing rubber bands until you are happy with the amount. Don’t forget about the back of the legs! Then, wrap one or two bands around the legs of the pants so that the jean look like on compact ball of denim.


3. Put on protective gloves, and fill your half bucket with warm water. Then fill one quarter of the bucket with bleach. The reason we mix the bleach with water is so that the bleach is not as strong and will not weaken the fabric as much (or cause holes)!


4. Submerge your jeans in the mixture by pushing down on them until no denim is sticking out.

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5. Let the jeans sit in the beach/water solution and check on them every half hour until they turn your desired shade. (Mine took 2 1/2 hours).


6. Remove the jeans from the bucket and rinse in cool water. If you would like, pour small drips of bleach onto the pants to create unique patches of a slightly lighter shade. Let them sit for 15 minutes.


7. Rinse the denim in cool water, squeeze them dry, and then remove the rubber bands. Let the pants lay outside on concrete to dry.


8. Once the denim is only slightly damp, put them in the washing machine for 55 minutes and then transfer them into the dryer.

9. Remove the garments from the dryer and voila! Your acid wash jeans are ready for use!


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