What To Do With Old Jeans: 34 Recycled Crafts With Denim
Don't throw away your worn-out jeans! Recycle them into bags, toys, and other items. With these fun and easy projects, you'll be able to put those well-loved jeans to use in ways you couldn't imagine. From totes and bags to embellishments and home decor, these denim crafts will help you work through that stash of old jeans and transform them into functional and fabulous works of art!
This collection of recycled crafts with denim will give you plenty of inspiration for your next craft project and you'll never be left wondering what to do with old jeans again. Keep reading for ideas for recycled crafts for kids, fun wearable crafts from recycled materials, and more!
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Now let's get to the good stuff. Here are a few denim crafts that are sure to inspire you. We have tons of things to make with old jeans here, and you'll never wonder what to do with old jeans again! Here are a few of our favorite things to do with old jeans and denim:
Use old jeans to embellish flip flops. Lace also makes a great adornment!
Turn each pant leg into a handy lunch sack. You can also turn them into a purse for any occasion!
Make a gorgeous bracelet using old denim. It's amazing what you can make!
Dress up a plain chalkboard with a makeshift frame using denim squares from old jeans.
Make an absolutely stunning wreath using loops of colorful denim. This is an easy project you'll simply love, and it's nice and rustic for fall.
This is a great arts and crafts project using denim. Turn the scraps, along with other fabric scraps, into a lovely tree to hang on your wall.
Turn old jeans into a purse, and then embellish the purse with brightly colored stitching and cupcake patches.
Make this beer cozy or, to reduce your paper consumption AND protect your hands, make a coffee cup cozy from two layers of denim. Just measure, cut and sew. Use rick rack or contrasting fabric at the edge for a cute touch.
Make a bucket or basket for your yarn skeins, other craft supplies, or anything you'd like with a pair of jeans.
Strips of old jeans can be crocheted into a bag or even a rug. You can also crochet with regular yarn onto denim for a funky new jacket or other accessory.
Create a beautiful new brooch using denim.
Beading makes all the difference when you make this pretty bracelet out of old jeans.
Select a specific portion of the jeans to make this super easy purse tutorial.
This denim pocket pillow is a super easy sewing project and will be great on your patio this summer.
This cool ring is so comfortable to wear! Add beads and you have a chic new summer accessory.
Embrace the fraying that happens with your jeans to make this shabby chic flower.
Sew together an awesome needle case to stay organized with your sewing supplies.
Make a new pincushion out of denim and other fabric scraps!
Add a denim embellishment to your next papercraft with this easy sewing project.
Fray those jeans on purpose! The frayed look makes all the difference with this coasters project.
This creative idea is so awesome for fall. Turn that old pair of pants into an awesome porch decoration by sewing pumpkins.
Wrap old jeans around a tin can to make your favorite new pencil holder. Store other craft supplies inside too like scissors, paintbrushers, rulers, and more.
If your lampshade doesn't, well, shade enough, add another layer of denim.
Make a sunglasses case out of denim and add other scrap fabric to finish it off.
This stunning denim pillow is made using jeans in a variety of washes and orange ribbon for a really beautiful effect.
Denim makes a great, sturdy material for pet toys.
Create a wine bottle holder like this one. You can also create a water-bottle holder with shoulder strap and cute pockets for drink mix.
Make a pocket organizer. Cut off the ends of pant legs and stitch the cut side closed to make a pocket. Arrange six or more of these pockets on a sturdy piece of poster board and hang from a door for a handy organizer. Or, attach loops of demin to the pockets and hang from a bar.
Use the leg of a pair of jeans to sew up a draft stopper. Learn the basics of sewing a draft stopper with this tutorial.
Cover a bulletin board with the denim if you can't stand the sight of cork anymore. You can make a variety of displays like bulletin boards or this chore chart.
Glue a magnet onto the back of jean pockets for a handy place to stash coupons on your fridge. You can also use the jeans pocket to make a purse like this one.
If you're looking for even more recycled craft ideas, this collection has it all: 1000+ Recycled Crafts
What is your best tip for crafting with denim? Let us know in the comments!