It’s hard to let go of a favorite pair of women’s jeans, especially when they have served you well over the course of many years. If you have old jeans that consistently offer a flattering fit and comfort every time, but are simply too worn out to keep wearing, you don’t have to throw them away just yet. Instead, take a look at the various ways you can give your old jeans some TLC to transform them into stylish, creative pieces…in your wardrobe or around your home!
Denim bracelets and headbands are perfect for adding an element of classic, All-American style to your summer wardrobe. You don’t need to go out and buy denim accessories if you have a pair of old jeans laying around in your closet. Just a little DIY craftiness can supply you with cute new accessories for summer! To create a denim bracelet, cut out a strip of denim fabric and wrap it around your wrist, securing the ends with a colorful bead or button. You can also add several little colorful accents like beads, buttons, or charms for extra detail.
Denim headbands are also easy to make. Simply cut out a long strip from your light wash jeans, and glue or sew it onto a plain headband to add some texture and style. You can experiment with different shades of denim or even mix and match with other fabrics and materials to create unique and personalized accessories. Denim bracelets and headbands are versatile, stylish, and perfect for any occasion ranging from casual days at the beach to more formal events like a summer luncheon. Denim accessories look fabulous on all ages, but if you have little girls or teenagers in your household, hosting a DIY denim crafting party is a great way to keep them entertained.
Creating DIY Denim wall art offers a unique way to repurpose your old jeans and add some interesting, personalized detail to your home. If you have kids in your home, have them cut out shapes or letters from the denim fabric and glue them onto a canvas or cardboard to make their own custom piece of wall art. They can create any design they think of and use a variety of denim washes and colors while enhancing the denim with colorful dyes, sparkles, or other small ornaments. Some denim art ideas include creating a denim flower garden, a skyline of their favorite city, or even a family monogram made from denim letters.
Creating denim art isn’t just for kids. This is something crafty adults can try their hand at, too! You can create an endless variety of art and home decor pieces, including denim dinner placemats, canvas art with faded blue jeans, abstract art pieces with denim and contrasting colors, and anything else your creative mind can think of. Denim art allows you to design truly one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly art pieces to decorate your home with or use as a unique, thoughtful gift to a friend or family member.
Is your denim still in decent shape, but you simply want to give it a new look? Try transforming any plain denim pieces into distressed denim for a fun, edgy summer look! There are several ways to achieve a distressed look on old denim, whether you're transforming denim shorts, a pair of straight-leg jeans, a denim jacket, or anything else. One popular method is sanding, which involves using sandpaper or a wire brush to wear away some of the denim's fibers and create a worn-in appearance. Another option is to use bleach or a bleach solution to lighten specific areas of the fabric, giving it a faded and vintage look. You can also try cutting or fraying the edges of your dark wash jeans, either with scissors or by pulling threads out of the fabric to create a fringed effect. If you’re a big fan of bold colors, you can use dyes or fabric paints to add some color and texture to your denim. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to achieve the desired effect.
If you've never repurposed denim before, it may feel a little daunting trying your hand at it for the first time. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Cut-offs: Turn your old jeans into shorts by cutting off the legs at your desired length. You can keep it simple or add some fringe to the edges for a boho-chic look.
Denim skirt: Transform your women’s black jeans into a chic skirt by cutting them off at the crotch and sewing up the front and back. Add some buttons or a zipper for extra detail.
Embroidered denim: Adding embroidery to your jeans is another way to create a subtle, bohemian vibe. You can embroider anything from flowers to animals to geometric shapes onto your jeans.
Denim backpack: Use a pair of old jeans to create a cute denim backpack. Cut out the shape of the bag, add some straps and pockets, and you're good to go!
With a little creativity, you can transform your old jeans into something new and exciting for the summer!