It’s shorts season! (Almost in Canada) Stores are stocked with all their spring and summer styles and floral shorts seem to be in every store. My favourite are the Citizen of Humanity shorts below. With these gorgeous shorts comes a hefty price tag, the shorts retail for $204 at Aritzia. If you can’t afford them I have a solution- DIY! Click through to find out how to make your own!



  • Shorts – I found new jeans at Value Village and cut them into shorts
  • Fabric Markers – You can use paint but the markers are a lot easier to use

Flower print option 1: 

  • Flower pattern – I made my own, you can find many prints online and trace it
  • Bristol Board – This is used to make a stencil but it’s not ideal for repeat use

Flower print option 2: 

  • Stencil – Buy a stencil! If you can find a plastic stencil at an art store that you like I recommend using it because the bristol board breaks down over time/many marker dabbings

Flower print option 3: 

  • Freehand! At one point, after all my stencils fell apart, I used my own “skill” to draw the flowers. If you have an artist friend- get them to help you!


Step 1: Cut shorts and wash 

I wanted the shorts to be frayed like the Citizens of Humanity so I cut then washed them.


Step 2: Make a Floral Stencil

Use a flower print, your own design (try it! You might surprise yourself) or one you find online and trace it onto bristol board. Cut out carefully using an x-acto knife.

DIY Flower Stencil

Step 3: Apply! 

Plant stencil on shorts and use the fabric markers to “dab” on  I tried to use the Citizen of Humanity as a template as I started placing and applying my flower prints but as you can see I got carried away. I love the results though! What’s great about using thrift store items is that you can experiment for little money. This is all about having fun.

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Step 4: Add something fun! 

I added studs to make mine stand out a bit more from my inspiration.

flower shorts with studs

Step 5: Wash 

I wanted a more faded look because the colours turned out really bright. When you’re at the craft store, be sure to test out your markers!

Step 6: Wear! 

I’m ready for summer! This DIY was a lot of fun so expect more fun shorts DIY to come!

 First Pair of DIY Shorts for the summer complete!

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Categories: Do It Yourself, Shorts of the summer series, Uncategorized

  1. Whitney says:

    I am really surprised how much I liked the shorts especially at the end when they were modelled! Too bad it is not really spring where I am from :(

  2. rainbowsilk says:

    It was wonderful.
    What good is a new idea, always.
    I love it!

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  4. Ariana says:

    Such a cute (and simple) idea! I would do it, if only I had some white denim. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  6. Lauren says:

    ur idea is cute! It really inspires me to do a shirt like that. it would look great with a different stencil.

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