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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

No Sew Upcycled Jean Coaster

By: Mary Beth Temple for favecrafts
No Sew Upcycled Jean Coaster
No Sew Upcycled Jean Coaster
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Denim crafts are always so fun to make, but they’re even more fun when they’re a no sew craft. This No Sew Upcycled Jean Coaster is the perfect project for you to find a great purpose for your old jeans. It’s as easy as cut, measure, and glue, and then you’ll end up with some super fun DIY coasters. You can easily finish up this upcycled craft in just 5 minutes, and still have plenty of denim jeans left over for another upcycled denim craft! This craft video shows you just how easy and fun this project truly is!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

MaterialsRecycled Materials

Primary TechniqueRepurposing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Old pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • E6000 glue

No Sew Upcycled Jean Coaster

Denim Jean Coaster Instructions

  1. Find the sid of the jeans that has the seam that has the double stitching. This will be the most sturdy. 

  2. Cut that seam part out of the jeans. Trim the excess bits of jean off the seam of the jeans you are going to use. 

  3. Use the shorter piece of your jean seam on the inside and the longer pieces on the outside. 

  4. Run a bead of glue down the center of the seams. Be sure to not do the entire strip at once because the glue will dry before you get to it. Begin rolling the jean up on itself. 

  5. Repeat this process down the rest of the line of your seam. As you continue to roll try and keep it so that the piece stays flat and does not become cone shaped. 

    Tip: As your piece gets larger use the edge of your table to roll your jean coaster up evenly. 

  6. When you are ready to join the second seam onto your first rolled seam, simply place a dot of glue at the end of the seam and connect them. Then, repeat the rolling process along your second seam. 

  7. Place a pin at the very end of your last seam that you roll up and allow that to dry over night. Then, your denim coaster is ready for use!

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I love these upcycling jean projects and there are many of them. This I would have never thought to make a coaster of them and it is so easy to do and a fun look. Great way to use all the fabric of the jeans because you do not use the seam on most of the projects. If you run out of your own you can pick some up cheap at thrift store or yard sales. Great video and tutorial.

Denim jeans are always a good bet for up cycling because it is such a sturdy fabric. In fact, I am thinking that any sturdy cotton duck type fabric would work also, or old canvas material. Also, perhaps giving the fabric a spritz of scotch guard spray may help with keeping it clean of dark cola or wine spills and stains. I could also see making it even larger for a trivet or placemat! Great idea! #NationalCraftMonth2017

interesting #NationalCraftMonth2017

nice use for left-overs. #NationalCraftMonth2017

Wow, I could have made a lot of these in my lifetime. #NationalCraftMonth2017

I never would have thought to use old jeans this way, very cool idea. #NationalCraftMonth2017

#NationalCraftMonth2017 Like the project but cut up an old pair of jeans??? I think the stress would kill me. )

I'm always looking for crafts that I can use items I already have. These are cute and I have plenty of worn out jeans. Perfect! #NationalCraftMonth2017.

Leave a comment...Very clever and useful way to use the seams of jeans. #NationalCraftMonth2017

This is such a great idea and so cute! #NationalCraftMonth2017

#NationalCraftMonth2017 Interesting idea... but I wonder how this hold up after washing.


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