DIY Balmain Slashed Army T-Shirt – End of Days Look

Balmain Slashed Army T shirt DIY

Balmain Slashed Army T-shirt $1,626 ~ & Balmain Spring 2010 Runway photos

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Men’s oversized T-shirt {this is a Medium, Dickies, but any will do}, Sharp Scissors, Rit dye {I couldn’t find an army/olive green so I had to create my own with Dark Green, Golden Yellow, & Taupe}, Salt, Bucket {or sink/tub}, Mixing spoon, detergent, water

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CAREFULLY slash, cut up & destroy t-shirt. Use your hands to physically pull slashes apart creating holes. *Don’t cut a round hole with scissors or it won’t look distressed. You want the edges of the hole to fray a bit and look worn.

…see video below for further demonstration

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Time to dip dye. Follow instructions on Rit Dye boxes. I mixed the green and yellow together first and left shirt in for only a couple of minutes

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removed and rinsed . . .

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poured out the green mix and created a . . .

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left and stirred shirt in taupe dye mix for about five minutes

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more destroying action …don’t forget to stretch out the neck & sleeves

Of course, you could always just skip the dying step altogether and buy a T-shirt that’s already olive/army greenarmy green t shirt, balmain DIY, slashed t shirt diy, make a new shirt look old diy …however, it won’t be as fun 😉

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Victoria’s Secret fleece boyfriend crop pantgot them almost a year ago -they’re finally making more colors -my husband hates these, fyi!}, Pour La Victoire Tarissa Women’s Black Wedge Sandals, Tom Ford cat-eye sunnies, old Gap 1969 denim motorcycle jacket in the background

Have fun!

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    April 15, 2010 |

    I admire your dedication to plan, buy what you need and finally DIY… looks like so much fun… you’re isnspiring, I’m starting to consider doing something myself… 🙂

  • Nicole Smith

    April 15, 2010 |

    you’re amazing! I like the look with a military jacket, not sure i could pull it off otherwise 😉

  • L.

    April 15, 2010 |

    wow, your sooo creative! nice job!

  • Erin

    April 15, 2010 |


  • Juani

    April 15, 2010 |

    these are actually pretty boyfriend is a boilermaker/welder by profession,and his workshirts always end up looking like this.maybe i could make a few bucks by selling them?

  • josephine

    April 15, 2010 |

    I totally like yours better, too!

  • Nineteen Zero Six

    April 15, 2010 |

    Another great DIY! Thanks!!

  • Iva

    April 15, 2010 |

    OMG!! totally awesome Maegan!! AND looks like a really FUN DIY too!!! Thank you for the videos!! 🙂 super awesome, I love it!

  • Astérisque

    April 15, 2010 |

    what an amazing DIY-project – you are absolutely talented!

  • Matissera

    April 15, 2010 |

    that’s really amazing and fun!

  • J-Diggety

    April 15, 2010 |

    You have totally influenced me… I’ll see something I can’t spend money on (well, I can’t spend money, period), and I think, “I can do that! How would Maegan do this..?!”
    You kick ass girl!
    xoxo J

  • Jac

    April 15, 2010 |

    This looks cute on you, but I don’t know I could ever pull it off. Maybe to one of my bf’s shows, but then he might be afraid that we’re too matchy (as a punk drummer all of his tees end up looking like this).

  • Katie

    April 15, 2010 |

    Love seeing/watching these – thanks for sharing 🙂

  • María Silvia

    April 15, 2010 |

    Love this DYI, but I can’y figure how to use it or even if it would look good on me.
    BTW, my brother works in the field and most of his T-shirts end up looking like this. So he is fashionable 😉
    PS: loved the videos!

  • Bree

    April 15, 2010 |

    I’ll take your version over the 1600$ one any day; like really? I might have to try this..

  • Glamour Bbey.

    April 15, 2010 |

    Wauw! Amazing!

  • capperson

    April 15, 2010 |

    I love it! Amazing!

  • Hollywood

    April 15, 2010 |

    That look Fabulous! you are so creative I love it

  • daer0n

    April 15, 2010 |

    My husband’s t shirts totally look like that! haha, he used to work doing seismic and his shirts looked old, discolored and very very holey, -totally the way these t shirts look! I could totally rock this look!
    Though, this trend hasn’t become quite as popular over here, but if it does, i will wear his shirts for sure!

    Thanks for your fabulous ideas =)

  • Life with Kaishon

    April 15, 2010 |

    So creative and amazing. I love it : )

  • Violet

    April 15, 2010 |

    you always have the best diy’s great job

    Vi from Cali

  • ashlina

    April 15, 2010 |

    YOU, my dear….are a GEEEEnius!
    i love it!!!


  • Melanie's Randomness

    April 15, 2010 |

    So that original shirt is seriously over a $1,000????? My mouth just fell open. I love the DIY because omg that is SOO EXPENSIVE!! I think it looks rockin on you! Thanks for the heads up!

  • Francesca

    April 15, 2010 |

    i love those wedges

    p.s. youve made me obsessed w shopping on amazon

    F <-- Texas girl bloggin fashion from NYC!

  • Alex

    April 15, 2010 |

    I really like this and I think I’m going to try it….I also am thinking this might work for my little guy too…hmmm…

  • sharonlei

    April 15, 2010 |

    Oh wow! What a fun DIY… so doing this this weekend. Thanks for the tips.. will definitely link you back when I post this DIY…

    I think yours came out fabulous! Dare I say better than the original? 😉

    xx Love & Aloha

  • Aleutie

    April 15, 2010 |

    Wow you did much more damage than I two days ago, and the results are much more impressive! Personally, I am a bleach DIY addict, but I am absolutely willing to broaden my repertoire and include cut and dye 🙂

  • Angela

    April 15, 2010 |

    Wow!! I simply can’t believe that used to be a plain white t-shirt… Great job! Looks amazing on you 🙂

    Oh, and I totally know what you mean about your Husband hating those pants… There are certain styles that I think men will never get! Keep wearing them anyways, they look fab <3

  • xo Shan

    April 15, 2010 |

    HOW FREAKY, I justtt did the same DIY last weekend for the hell of it! I will post pics on my blog as soon as I get my new camera, but NICE JOB, the dye makes the look Balmain authentic! I added some chains to mine just to add some pop.

    Awesome job!

  • Andi

    April 15, 2010 |

    LOVE IT! The DIY dye results in the perfect color, the pre-bought Olive green shirts would have been too perfect looking. You seriously rock.

    Love the sweatpants and heels too, perfect!

  • Lorena

    April 15, 2010 |

    I have to be honest.
    This only looks good on you, well because you are Maegan… I would look like a homeless gal.

  • Tamara Nicole

    April 15, 2010 |

    My husband hates capri and cropped pants too, so funny!

  • Meagan

    April 15, 2010 |

    i LOVE this. times a million. but i also adoooooore those sweats. they are so cute. boys don’t know anything!! 🙂

  • gigiofca

    April 15, 2010 |

    You’re a DIY star. I always love these posts.

    I like your VS pants! Do you mind telling what size you wear in them and how tall you are?

    gigiofca at gmail

  • Felicia

    April 15, 2010 |

    I just got an e-mail today from VS featuring those pants and immediately fell in love with them! Can’t wait to buy some!

  • SabinePsynopsis

    April 15, 2010 |

    Great idea! I love a good diy job and the money you save… Amazing!

  • Nadine

    April 15, 2010 |

    LOVE the pants! I wonder what effect you would get if the shirt went through the dryer as well . . .?

  • Picnics and Peonies

    April 15, 2010 |

    WOW, amazing DIY. And I happen to love your pants 😉

  • letterstobetsy

    April 15, 2010 |

    how fun! i always try to do projects like this with the best of intentions and they never turn out right! This looks wonderful though and it looks pricey too as if it was just not a plain tshirt. Very cool girl!

  • HipHome

    April 15, 2010 |

    Love it!!! Thanks for the great tutorial. Have a great weekend!

  • drollgirl

    April 15, 2010 |

    i love it!

    and i am CRAZY FOR THOSE SHOES!!!

  • stacy

    April 15, 2010 |


  • Amber

    April 15, 2010 |

    Really cool!

  • Lions, Tigers and Fashion OH MY!

    April 16, 2010 |

    love this one! when I made mine I just used an olive green top I already had, but this definitely looks more fun 😉

  • andrea

    April 16, 2010 |

    I think you are so creative, but , I don’t understand why this t-shirt is a sensation, It’s just for the brand also it’s so expensive, in fact I think yours is better!!!:)


    April 16, 2010 |

    Megan, you know you are so creative. Love this darn blog…

  • A.Co

    April 16, 2010 |

    You’re so creative and teach us all such great things/ideas! Thanks!

    INSANE to believe this sells for more than a grand – wild!


    A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

    PS – love that you have the pop-up comment box now!

  • Dancing Branflake

    April 16, 2010 |

    I so could have used this three months ago for a show I did. The holes are perfect! I love it.

  • Maria Hita

    April 16, 2010 |

    Oh that looks like fun!

  • 6roove

    April 16, 2010 |

    hah, great tutorial, Meg!
    the effect is nice and cheaper (the price of original is a little shocking :))

    outfit is great, I like sweatpants idea!

    kisses 🙂
    Watching the waves


    April 16, 2010 |

    Congrats! You’re a genus! The t-shirt is awesome!

  • duckalicious

    April 16, 2010 |

    I smiled when I saw the brand of those dyes though – “rit” means “ass” in Slovenian 😀

  • Manda

    April 16, 2010 |

    I want to dye a pair of shoes for a wedding I’m in this summer…any tips? 🙂

  • Down and Out Chic

    April 16, 2010 |

    you are the DIY queen! wonderful tutorial and i like the all the videos too.

  • shenai

    April 20, 2010 |

    Amazing!! i love your blog! just found it, and now obsessed! 🙂


    April 20, 2010 |

    I love your recent DIY’s Maegan. These are gorgeous! I’ll be linking. And I’m off to seatch for my own crystals right now. I’ve got to make that necklace!

  • Niika

    April 21, 2010 |

    hi love the tutorial..i hope u don;t mind me linkin it in my blog post u can check it here

  • Ife

    April 25, 2010 |

    I actually like your DIY version better than the Balmain! Nice!!!

  • Tarabell150

    May 31, 2010 |

    I did it! It is drying as we speak. And speaking of drying, my hands are super dry from the twenty-five minutes it took me to wash the shirt out in the end. I really like how it is coming out and I can wait to try and rock this! Thanks for the fab DIY!!!

  • shirley

    April 15, 2011 |

    I know this is an old post but I had to comment. My husband is a welder and occasionally will weld in a T-shirt when it is hot. I literally just made of a pile of 5 shirts that looked exactly like this. I wasn’t sure what to do with them because they have too many holes to be used as rags. You make it look very cute. Wonder what he’d think if I started wearing them? 😉

  • Valerie

    May 9, 2011 |

    I absolutely love your site! I have been looking for a website that gives these types of DIY tutorials for awhile now, thank you so much!!!! You gave me so much inspiration!!

  • Anonymous

    September 12, 2012 |

    I would have never thought about doing that to a shirt. Great Idea! If you need any ideas for your next project check out eco18’s article

  • Anonymous

    September 12, 2012 |

    I would have never thought about doing that to a shirt. Great Idea! If you need any ideas for your next project check out eco18’s article

  • Anonymous

    December 31, 2012 |

    If you buy a forest green/dark green tee and put in watered down household bleach you will get the same khaki effect

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