10 Great DIY Ideas Using Recycled Denim

Crafts from Recycled Denim

                We all have some old denim jeans lying around that we keep meaning to throw out, especially if they are not good enough to donate. I know I keep some thinking that someday I will make something out of them. Here are 10 great craft/DIY ideas for recycling your old denim into something fresh and fun.
Even though July is over, it is never too late to have a red, white and blue wreath on your door.
If you have young children, this travel sensory board/quiet book will be great to keep in the car. It would also be great to have while waiting for appointments.
These denim rosettes are really cute and make a lovely necklace. You could also use them for other crafts if you wanted.
These storage bins made out of your recycled jeans are handy to have in your craft room or any room.
Let your kids make these fun flower magnets out of your old jeans. These would make a cute gift for parents or grandparents, too.
If you or your kids have a pair of jeans with frayed ends or ripped knees, try repurposing the jeans into some shorts. These have lace on them, but you could use other embellishments, too.
This rag rug made of jeans not only looks great, but will really hold up. Save up old jeans for a while to make this one, as it takes around 9 pairs of denim.
This denim beaded bracelet is fun to make and share with your friends. Older kids may be able to help, but you can always make one for the younger kids and they will love it!
For a fun, but useful, project, try these DIY denim coasters.
This denim covered pencil can is a great rainy day project for all ages. Recycle an old can and have some useful storage for pencils, scissors, or homework supplies.
 Discussion:  Have you ever made anything crafty using denim?
Madison Main
When Madison isn't tending to her job at a bank, she is hauling her 5 children to soccer practice and other activities. Main is also a speech and drama coach at the local high school.

22 Responses to “10 Great DIY Ideas Using Recycled Denim

  • Thank you so much for including DIY Candy! I will share.

  • I am saving this page Bella loves art’s and crafts and she has some jeans she’s out grown there were a few like the purse that I loved and I think Bella would have a fun time doing.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • So fun! I love how versatile denim is! And I LOVE that rosette necklace!

  • That denim rosette necklace is super cute. I love all these ideas.

  • I never thought of re-purposing old jeans!! Some of those articles are really quite cute and even though I am not crafty at all I think even I could make one or two of them.

  • What great ideas! I have lots of denim I could do a ton with. I was going to donate but I’m pretty sure I could come up with some great things thanks to this!

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    6 years ago

    Those are some really great ideas. I especially love that Jean Rag Rug. 🙂

  • These are really cool idea. I have some old 90s-style denim I could stand to do something with.

  • We made paper years ago from old denim and it was really cool!

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    Jennifer Williams
    6 years ago

    I love that wreath. I use jeans to make several things around our house. Both of my boys have jean quilts and they love them – much heavier and warmer than the others I have made.

  • I have a ton of denim my girls have tore up. I love those little roses. I think I need to make some soon!

  • I’ve never made anything with denim before but these are all great ideas! I’ll have to start looking around for some old denim.

  • I have never did any type of craft with denim but I love the idea of the denim bags. Those are pretty cool.

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    6 years ago

    These are fantastic ideas. I love the wreath. It is always fun to recycle things into something beautiful.

  • These are great ideas. My daughter made a bag out of her old denim.

  • I made some jean purses from my kid sold jeans! Such a great idea. Love these all, may do a few

  • I love the rug and the wreath. I think denim is a great idea for the 4th of July.

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    Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty
    6 years ago

    Wow, there are some really cool things you can do with old denim! I love the covered art can, perfect for a crafty space!

  • I like all these DIY crafts. The Denim beaded bracelet and Denim flower magnets are so awesome. I would really love to try all of them. Thanks for sharing.

  • These are so cute! I’m always thinking “there must be something I can do with these old clothes” Thanks for the great ideas!

  • These are very cool ideas. I once made a purse out of an old pair of jeans. I got lots of compliments on it.

  • Thank you so much for featuring our Denim Rug. It is such a favorite of mine and I have 4 now haha 🙂 They get softer over time and such pride when someone see’s it and says “oh I just love that”
    Thank you again. I loved your whole jean round up 🙂

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