How to Paint Denim Jackets

How to Paint Denim Jackets

I love a good jean jacket. So much so that I own five… Is that too many? Actually, don’t answer that. There’s so many different styles of jean jackets and there’s so many different ways to wear them. Because I own so (some would say too) many, I thought it would be useful and fun to learn to paint them!

I recommend starting by deciding on a design. That will determine what materials/paint colors you need.


Denim Jacket

Fabric Paint – I used Tulip

Fabric Pen – optional, depends on design; I used Tulip

Barrier – piece of cardboard, paper or plastic bag, etc.

Paint brushes – any smaller, finer tip brushes should work


1. Start by laying your denim jacket flat with the barrier underneath.

2. Use a pencil to lightly sketch out your design. This will mainly help you with spacing and your paint will completely cover it.

3. Begin painting! You can take several different approaches, but the main point is to get two layers of paint down and let it dry for 24 hours. My approach was as follows:

  • Paint first coat of main design.
  • Paint second coat of main design after first coat dries.
  • Outline main design with fabric pen after second coat dries.
  • Touch up main design paint.
  • Paint first coat of secondary design.
  • Paint second coat of secondary design after first coat dries.

4. Once you are finished painting, allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours. Some sites tell you to wash the denim before wear and others don’t, so it’s your preference.

Note: When using a fabric pen, keep it straight up and down to keep it from bleeding or brushing the sides of the pen against the fabric. Also, pull fabric taut when using the fabric pen.

That’s it, y’all! It’s that simple. In total, it probably took me two hours to paint this jacket. Totally worth it in my opinion! I painted this jacket for my niece’s second birthday, so stay tuned because I’m super happy with how this turned out and will likely paint one for myself soon!



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