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Adding an unfinished edge is a fast and easy way to make your old denim more exciting. For more on this DIY—plus eight more genius ideas!—click through now.

Level Of Effort: Small

What You Need: Skinny or straight legs jeans (this is much harder to pull off with looser fits, so just save those for making cut-off shorts—another easy DIY!), sharp scissors, tailor's chalk, a ruler.

How It's Done: Before cutting anything, experiment with different inseams in front of the mirror. Once you find what crop best flatters you, tag the spot with chalk. Then take your jeans off, use the ruler to make a guide line and cut. Repeat the process on the other side, and exaggerate the fraying by pulling a few threads loose (a few washes helps with that, too).

The DIY: Elbow Patch Sweaters

Level Of Effort: Medium

What You Need: A long-sleeve sweater with little to no texture (too much can be tough with work with), contrasting fabric for the patches, straight pins, iron-on fabric tape, oval/heart/square pattern (either search for one online or make your own), a pen, scissors, a damp cotton cloth.

How It's Done: Determine the exact elbow bend of your sweater, and mark each spot with a pin. Taking care the two places line up, go ahead and make a square of fuse tape around each one before removing the pins. Now trace and cut out the patches from your contrasting fabric, lay them over the fuse tape, and press the iron down on each side, using the damp cloth as a barrier. (Of course, if you feel comfortable with sewing instead, that's always an option as well—this look is especially cute when you use contrasting thread!)

The DIY: Raw Edge T-Shirts

Level Of Effort: Extra-Small

What You Need: A thin turtleneck (the Uniqlo style pictured left is ideal), measuring tape, pins and a pair of scissors.

How It's Done: Following the seam as a guide, cut the turtleneck top completely out of the shirt. Finish by measuring and marking each sleeve to the desired T-shirt length and trimming. (Tip: If the neckline isn't deep enough for you, use a plate to trace a scoopier one before cutting again.)

The DIY: Jewel Encrusted Heels

Level Of Effort: Large

What You Need: Block heel shoes, flat-back crafting crystals, a hot glue gun, paint the same color as your shoe and a plastic needle-nose bottle.

How It's Done: Hot glue different sized crystals placed at random angles to make a mosaic pattern around the heel. Once that's dried, pour the paint into the plastic bottle and squeeze a little across the edge of each jewel to fill in the cracks.

The DIY: Lace-Trimmed Cut-offs

Level Of Effort: Medium

What You Need: Cut-off shorts, lace trimming, tape measure, scissors, fabric glue (or thread, pins and needles).

How It's Done: Measure the circumference of each leg opening, add an inch (it's always better to have a little too much than not enough!), and use that length to cut two strips of trim (alternatively, you can slit each side of the short and just let a little lace peek out the sides). Turn your shorts inside out and carefully glue your embellishment around the bottom edge—or if you're handy with a needle and thread, pin and sew it in place.

The DIY: Tie-Dye Jeans

Level Of Effort: Large

What You Need: Jeans with a dark and uniform wash, a bucket, bleach, elastics.

How It's Done: Just like your would if you were tie-dying a tee at summer camp (remember how fun was that was?!), secure your pants in a tight little twisty ball with lots of elastics—the more you can squeeze in, the better the final product. After you've finished prepping the denim, dip it in a bucket filled with half bleach, half water and wait four hours. Then dump the solution, fill the bucket with fresh water, rinse the pants and then throw them in the washing machine with no soap.

The DIY: Festival Tees

Level Of Effort: Small

What You Need: A slightly oversized T-shirt and scissors.

How It's Done: As any Google search will prove, there are no less than a million ways to slice and dice your old T-shirt like a Coachella regular. Should you be feeling uninspired, though, here's are are few ideas to start: 1. Trace and cut an interesting shape in the back (like the adorable heart to the left!). 2. Deepen the neckline, remove the sleeves and cut it to a cropped length—so perfect for high-waisted pencil skirts. 3. Slice out the collar and a small sliver on each shoulder.

The DIY: Button-Down Skirt

Level Of Effort: Extra-Small

What You Need: An oversized menswear button-down—that's all!

How It's Done: With about a quarter of the buttons undone, slip into the shirt and pull it down around your hips; fold the top portion down so you can't see it. Tie the arms around your waist, and adjust extra fabric as needed.

The DIY: Artsy Handbags

Level of Effort: Large

What You Need: An solid colored handbag you're completely sick of using, paint, brushes, tray, water, cotton balls

How It's Done: Really, it depends on your taste. You can get a little more abstract with it (like our fashion editor-at-large Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele did with her Chanel purse), draw on a face à la Prada Spring 2014 or paint the top flap for a color blocking effort. Your options are limitless!