Ah, memories.

Ah, memories.

The end of the school year means mid-day cafeteria frenzies to pass your yearbook around to as many people as physically possible. For me, the expert procrastinator, that wasn’t usually an option because I hadn’t turned in the check to buy the yearbook in time to get mine signed. But the heroes of the high school hallways presented alternative options: The signed T-shirts, Dickie’s shorts, and sneakers that would, without fail, encourage a “What were you thinking?” from Mom when I got home.

So, to honor those brave enough to dismantle the standardized yearbook-signing process, I present to you: DIY yearbook jeans!

What you’ll need:


  • Thrifted jeans
  • Fabric paint
  • Paint brushes
  • A fabric marker
  • Fabric-safe glitter writers (like this one, for example)
  • Paper
  • Scissors

How to do it:

Step One


I grabbed my paint and painted what I felt represented this semester, as a way of commemorating my experiences! Fabric markers will be perfect for outlining and signing. Paint can be used independently or to fill in shapes. It’s up to you!

Step Two


Once your paint dries, it’s time for glitter! With a glitter writer, you can draw and write like you would with a pencil. Double layer and flatten your glitter script to make it shine!

Step Three

Time to stencil! I cut words out of paper to create my stencils:


Then painted over the holes:


Step Four

Repeat the first three steps down the length of your jeans, then wait about four hours for the paint to dry.


Now you’ve got jeans that are 2 cool 2 B 4forgotten! ♦