Create a DIY mug with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared for the holiday season. This week, I put together a fun DIY project for you to do while you are cozied up by the fire after Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the perfect project to create for your friends (or yourself) this holiday season.

Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski

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What you need:
Mug
Tissue paper
Dishwater safe ModPodge
Brush
Cute heart print gloves (optional) ;)

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What to do:

Step 1: Rip off smaller pieces of tissue paper.

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Step 2: Spread ModPodge on mug.

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And Voila, You are done! Now it’s time to relax with some hot cocoa out of your new mug!

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How to make Tartan Patchwork Jeans with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared for the holiday season. My first project? I’m showing you how to take your favorite jeggings to the next level with vegan leather and tartan flannel patch details. Read on for my step-by-step guide that will make your jeggings the envy of every holiday party.

Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski

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 Take your denim to the next level with flannel and leather detailing.

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What you’ll need:
Black Jeggings
Vegan Leather
Plaid Boxers
Fabric glue
Blade or scissors

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What to do:

Step1Step 1: Cut a few slits and square holes into your jeggings.

Step2Step 2: For extra distressing,try this shredding technique.

Step3Step 3: Cut square patches from your plaid boxers and faux leather.

Step4Step 4: Put patches in place.

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Step 5: Turn jean inside out and use fabric glue to attach to the inside of your jeans. Let dry. Done!

My Outfit:
Faux Shearling Moto Jacket
Graphic Love T-shirt
Black Jeggings
Plaid Blanket Scarf
Double Zip Bootie

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How to Make Studded Jeans with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the fifth part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is studded jeans which is one of the coolest trends for fall. Don’t just stop at jeans – you can stud shorts, canvas sneakers, denim jackets and more!

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Jeans
Flatback studs in four sizes
Tape Measure
E6000
Paint brush

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What to do:

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Step One:  Measure and mark equal distances between where you would like each stud to be placed on your jeans.
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Step Two:  Put glue on the back of each stud with the paint brush, then place on the jeans. Start with the largest gems and work down to the smallest.
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Step Three:  Create pyramids down the seam of your jeans, decreasing the amount of gems as you reach the top.
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Step Four:  Let dry. Hand wash. Done!
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Get Jenni’s look:
Jegging
Canvas Anorak
Double Zip Bootie

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I can see your project, too!

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DIY Bleached Chambray Shirt Dress with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the fourth part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is a bleached denim dress, which I did with my favorite chambray dress from AEO but you can use any denim piece as well. Try this technique on jeans, denim shorties or even a chambray shirt!

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski

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What You’ll Need:
Chambray Shirt Dress
Paintbrush
Bleach
(Yep, that’s it!)

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What to do: 

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Step One: Lay your dress flat.

Step3 Step Two: Dip your brush in the bleach and splatter on the dress, concentrating more towards the bottom.

Step4 Step Three: Let sit for 30 minutes to let the bleach soak in and change the fabric color to white.

Step5 Step Four: Flip and dye the back of dress. Add more bleach until desired look is achieved.

Step6 Step Five: Let your dress sit for a hour, then hand wash. And you’re done!

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Get Jenni’s look:
Chambray Shirt Dress
Varsity Sweatshirt Jacket (similar)
Striped Backpack

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitter’s piece? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I can see your project too!

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DIY Super Distressed Denim with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the third part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is super distressed denim, which I did with a pair of shorts but you can do with your favorite denim as well.

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Boyfriend Jean Shorts
Box cutter
Sandpaper
Tweezers

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What to do: 

Step One: First, slice the front of your shorts in horizontal parallel lines.

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Step Two: Rub your sandpaper over the cuts to loosen the threads.
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Step Three: Pull out the individual blue vertical threads with your tweezer to reveal the white threads. The first one can be difficult, but once you start, it’s super easy!
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Step Four: Next, lightly make a bunch of cuts in one area.
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Step Five: Rub with sandpaper to get a worn-in look.
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Step Six: Finally, cut off the bottom hem and pull strings to loosen.
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Step Seven: Wash your jeans to make them look more distressed. The more you wash, the better they look!
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Get Jenni’s look:
Boyfriend Denim Shorts
Cotton Blazer (similar)
Splatter Striped T-Shirt (similar)

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters piece? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I see your project, too!

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Dual Denim Dotted Skirt with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the second part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is a dual denim dotted skirt, I added a more condensed dot pattern on the back of the skirt to take the design to the next level!

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Black Denim skirt
Bleach gel pen
Q-tip
Ruler

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Step one: Lay your denim skirt flat, then make a line of dots with your bleach pen each an inch apart. Practice on a piece of paper making small dots with the pen.

 

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Step two: Continue dotting rows on your skirt, each row an inch apart.
Step4 Step three: Let sit for 10 minutes.

 

Step5Step four: Using your Q-tips, remove any excess bleach on each dot.

 

Step6Step five: Flip to the reverse side and repeat. Try making the space between the dots smaller on the back, for a new twist on the polka dot trend!

I Spy DIY tip: Be sure to hand wash the denim skirt in cold water before you wear for the first time!

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Get Jenni’s look:
Sky High Denim Skirt
Chambray Shirt
Slip-On Sneaker

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I see your project, too!

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