VIDEO: DIY Waxed Jeans in 10 minutes

by jennine on October 4, 2011

otter wax

Last year I bought a pair of J Brand Waxed jeans. I loved the shiny leather look to them. Unfortunately the wax wore off over time and the jeans lost their luster. Getting another pair of waxed jeans seemed out of the question if they only had a lifespan of a year, so I picked up some fabric wax, called Otter Wax at a local store, and decided to give it a go.

If you have bought waxed jeans or are considering buying them… or even want to give the trend a go, this project takes about 10 minutes all together. Believe me, I’m not a DIY person anymore, and it has to be VERY EASY for me to make an attempt in doing something.

Watch this video (if you’re at work, no worries, it’s all in subtitles). And see for yourself how easy it is!

Now I’m considering waxing and waterproofing my canvas tote for winter. Oh yeah!

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Photos and Video Production by Nando Alvarez

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Collette Osuna October 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Such a totally cool idea!!!
Nice to see you Sweets!!

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Andrea @ fashionable momma October 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Definitely a cool idea. Thanks for the intructions!
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Nomi October 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I never heard of waxed jeans before, and I read a lot of fashion blogs. Do you never wash them?

Laura Hueto Puig October 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I absolutely LOVED this post!! I can’t believe it was so simple! I’m definitely gonna try this at home with an old pair of “clean, dry” jeans… ;) Thank you so much for posting it, Jennine!
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Laura Hueto Puig October 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Btw, I just saw that you’re a mere 70 followers away from having 1000 followers on Google Connect… :D Congratulations! Will you do something to celebrate?
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Thanks so much for this, I had no idea it was so simple and cheap to do this!

I’ve got an old pair of (previously) waxed jeans that I’ve been trying to decide what to do with but now I know I can just re-wax them you’ve helped me out big time! :)´s last [type] ..Jean genie

Laura October 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

This is a really good idea!! Thanks for sharing..
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Grace - stripes & sequins October 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm

This is phenomenal… nice work!

Amanda October 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I love this idea! Thanks.
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Joy October 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Very very cool. Thanks!
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Urban Jungle Fashion October 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I really enjoyed this video! I’m gng to pull that on my jeans!
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eli October 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm

This is such a good idea, thank you for sharing this. It will be a great way to spruce up some jeans, but I kind of like the idea of using it on other things too!
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Rosalind October 5, 2011 at 1:16 am

Genius. Just bought OtterWax on Etsy. (Had no idea where to get it up here in Canadialand. Etsy has everything!) So, for those in hinterlands/outside US -

lika October 5, 2011 at 5:45 am

the coolest thing!! will absolutly try that too
what happens after you wash it a few times?
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jennine October 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

i try not to wash my jeans that often… sometimes I put them in the freezer to freshen them up, or give them a steam. actually a lot of my jeans I have washed only once or twice, and only by hand. yeah, i’m a denim wierdo.

A Reader October 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

What a great idea! Thanks for posting the tutorial.
A few questions:
Does the wax transfer? For example, will it leave traces on the chair when you sit down?
What happens when you wash the jeans? Do you have to re-wax every time?

jennine October 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

it doesn’t transfer if you let it cure for 24 hours.. but then it hasn’t for me.

christina October 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm

this is awesome! thanks for the tutorial!
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Hanne October 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Love this, great post! Just discovered your blog, I’m now following ;)

Would be great if you could check out my blog and give me some feedback.

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Erin- Thanks I Made It October 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I love this technique; the waxed leather-like effect is exactly what I’ve been looking for in jeans. Where did you pick up the wax?

paquita dinamita October 6, 2011 at 7:40 am

that’s a very nice idea!!!
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For Those About To Shop October 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

Such a cool, unique ideal. Would never have thought!
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L.Camille October 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Dooooppppeeee!! Totally going to find some jeans at the thrift and make this happen. Stay FLYY

EmmaB October 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

What a great idea!

Gonna give it a try! ;)

Rachel October 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

A couple of months ago I was in a shop in Portland that sold this wax, and the owner of Otter Wax came in and was talking to the manager about it. I was kind of confused about why you’d need such a thing, but thanks to your video, now I get it! And I kind of want some for waxing canvas and leather.
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