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Recycle old blue jeans into a funky beaded bracelet with this easy craft idea from Amanda Formaro. The Old Jeans Bracelet is a simple way of recycling clothing, and it costs virtually nothing! Make the matching Rainbow Jeans Ring too!

Old Jeans Bracelet

Rainbow Jeans Ring


  • Leg of old blue jeans, any size
  • Sewing needle
  • Barrel clasp
  • 5mm stretchable bead & jewelry cord
  • Colorful seed beads
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors


  1. You will need the actual seam of the blue jeans for this bracelet. Trim to about 1/4" along both sides of the seam. Cut seam to fit wrist, keep it a little loose, like a bangle and remember to account for the clasp.

    Old Jeans Bracelet

  2. Pull threads along the edges of the seam to fray the denim.

    Old Jeans Bracelet
  3. Thread a sewing needle with jewelry cord. From the back of the denim, run the needle in and up through the center where your clasp will go. Run the needle and cord through the loop in the clasp and sew several times, tie off. Secure clasp with a little hot glue. Repeat for the other end of the denim.

    Old Jeans Bracelet

    Old Jeans Bracelet

    Old Jeans Bracelet
  4. Thread needle through the back of the denim and pull taught. Thread 6-8 seed beads onto the needle and slide down the jewelry cord until the touch the denim. Lay the cord and beads down on the denim to gauge where to insert the needle and run the cord through to the back. Run in back up through to the front side about half an inch from where the last set ended, repeat the beading as in the first set. Continue this until you have as many beads as you like. Tie off and secure end with a little hot glue.

    Old Jeans Bracelet

    Old Jeans Bracelet

Hint: The easiest way to thread the beads onto the needle is to poke the needle into the bead and lift. Some beads may be too small to fit over the eye of the needle as seeds beads do vary slightly in size.

Old Jeans Bracelet

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This is such a fun idea! Who knew..yet another cool idea for old jeans. I'd recommend for preteens to have an adult help the first time. But after that, they should be able to handle this craft by themselves. I'd like to suggest that if the findings to connect the bracelet ends are not available, simply tie stretchy bracelet cord securely and you're all set. ENJOY!

This looks like something my great niece will love, both to make and to wear!

I was wondering where the rest of the bracelet was...also...They look excellent together...Great job!

i think this is sooo cute! but am i missing something? it looks like the beads are on safety pins but it is not listed in the instructions

That was a seperate bracelet


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