DIY Stencil Bleached Jeans For A Fresh Summer Look

DIY Stencil Bleached Jeans For A Fresh Summer Look
DIY Stencil Bleached Jeans For A Fresh Summer Look

Don’t look now… Do’s got her stencil bleached jeans on!

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How To Stencil Bleached Jeans

Got boring jeans? What would you say if I told you you could stencil bleach jeans for a fresh Summer look? BRING IT! This Grandma loves her skinny jeans and is always looking for the newest trend in fashion or salvaging a pair of my “holy” comfy jeans.

Jean salvaging… it could be a thing. 🙂 And a Morrocan stencil can only make them better. Fashionista!

DIY Stencil Bleached Jeans For A Fresh Summer Look


Who would have thought that bleach would be the perfect way to stencil jeans?

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STEP 1 Stencil Bleached Jeans

Add regular household bleach (full strength) to a spray mist bottle. The cheaper, the better.

Make sure you have a flat surface to work on when you’re stencil bleaching jeans.

Use your favorite stencil. This one is mine!

You won't believe how easy it is to stencil your jeans with bleach. It's a fun DIY to try on your favorite pair of holy  jeans.

STEP 2 Prevent Bleach Bleeding

Next, you’ll need to place something inside the jean leg to prevent the bleach from soaking through—a barrier for better words. Well, at least that’s what I thought. But after completing this project, I really think you can skip this step. I’ll explain later in the blog. I used bubble wrap because that’s what I had.

Next, you'll need to place something inside the jean leg to prevent the bleach from soaking through before you spray bleach over the stencil.

STEP 3 Spray Stencil Adhesive

This step is optional too if you want my honest opinion. It really depends on how flat you can get your jeans to lay and how important it is to you to get that clean, crisp line. I personally like the faded not so perfect look. My jeans are surely not perfect, so anything goes with my stencil bleached jeans.

I used a tacky stencil adhesive that is repositionable and moved it from place to place as I stenciled my jeans.

I used a spray adhesive for the stencil to give me a crisp clean line when using bleach on the stencil. The results are on jeans are amazing and super fun!

STEP 4 Stencil Bleached Jeans – Applying The Bleach

Now that you have everything in place, it’s time to spray mist over the stencil with bleach lightly. Don’t over DO it! Trust me; it only takes a little bit to see results on cotton.

Spray mist the bleach over the stencil. The bleach will cause the fabric to lighten and you will have instant stenciled jeans. Super easy DIY.


I didn’t take a picture of this step, but it’s straightforward. Lay a paper towel over the stencil immediately after misting the stencil with bleach. This will soak up any bleach left on the stencil and prevent it from running onto the fabric. The bleach that hits the fabric will soak into the fabric quickly. Remove the stencil immediately and reposition for the next area.

Now, remember when I said I don’t think you need a barrier inside the jean leg? I found that if you spray lightly, there is no possible way it could soak through.

But if you’re heavy-handed (you know yourself better than me), go ahead and use whatever you have for a barrier.

The Amazing Results Of Stencil Bleach Jeans ❤️‍🔥

Here are the results of me stenciling my jeans with bleach. Tell me what you think! Have you tried it?

Are these stencil bleached jeans not smoking hot or what? ❤️‍🔥

Of course, I had put them on for you. Jeans

laying on a flat surface only looks so so.

How adorable are these stencil bleached jeans?! I have to contain myself because I know I’ll how I am, and before you know it, I’ll be stenciling my shoes too! 🤔

Thank you for joining me today. Oh, and if anyone tells you that skinny jeans are out of style… run. They are not your friends. Come sit with me, and we can wear them together. 😎

Don’t forget to share this post and tell me what you think of this fun project. Will you try it?

Until the next project… xo, Do

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  • Denise, these would be so cute on you! You gotta try them. 🙂

  • Got to try this today! So cute.I’ve got a jean jacket I might wear more stenciled. Thanks!

  • Great, Ann! I think you’ll have fun with this simple DIY. So cute! 🙂 xo

  • This would look super cute on a jean jacket. Let me know how yours turns out. 🙂

  • Oh my gosh, totally doing this, and on my Jean jacket too! 💖💖💖

  • What a super idea, will have to steal your idea🤣

  • Oh, this isn’t original. I learned this from someone else and just added my spin to it with the spray mist bottle. Steal away and have fun. 🙂

  • I think I’ll have to try it on mine too. Maybe just the collar and pocket. 🙂

  • This looks like such a fun project Do!! We ‘older’ women need us some good skinny jeans to rock and these stenciled jeans are just the ticket!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Oh gosh! How great an idea to make my own stenciled jeans. I’m always shopping for unique decorated jeans, but they cost so much. So I decorate them myself with embroidery, appliqués, patches.
    Now I have another design by bleach.
    Thank you so much.

  • Hi, Enid! I think you will have a lot of fun designing jeans with stencils and bleach. I can see you adding another layer with your own designs. I would love to see your creations! 🙂

  • Yup, it’s a tryer!! Yours turned out soooo cute!! And skinny jeans…oh yeah, I’m still wearing them and am 73 with a BoHo spirit!!! Thank you for sharing. Hadn’t thought to use a stencil!

  • I love your spirit! Yes, you will most certainly rock those jeans! Have fun creating, Karolyn. 🙂

  • Hi Donna, i just love this idea, your jeans turned out so unique now, but as i´m not really a fashionista i´ll try this on jeans placemates. I can sew and i have lots of stencils in my stach, i´ll buy jeans fabric and i´m shure it will work, it´ll be even easier to apply the bleach on flat tissue than in jeans trousers. I´ll do some beautiful placemates for a summer table! Have a nice weekend.

  • Fantastic idea, Val! Please share them with me when you get them completed. I may need to copy you. 🙂

  • Thank you so much for sharing this. I am so excited to try this.

  • You’re welcome! Think you’ll have fun creating patterns on your jeans. 🙂 xo

  • I absolutely love this idea Do and I’m going to do my own take on it! I have a question: Do you just wait for the bleach to dry or would you suggest washing the jeans once dry to neutralize the bleach??

  • Hi Sara! I would wash them once the bleach is dried. Such a fun project, and no one will know you did it. You get the bragging rights. 🙂

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