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Making a Recycled Denim Jeans Wreath

It’s time to clean out the closets and recycle all the kids’ clothes they have outgrown over the long winter months. Instead of giving away all their old denim jeans, and yours, save them to make a beautiful denim wreath for your home. Recycling denim is a great way to make beautiful crafts for your home. In addition, when you look at the wreath you will be reminded of the great memories you had when your children were growing up. The wreath can be used year after year with no need to throw it away. Once you are done with the wreath, it is easy to remove the jean scraps and create another beautiful craft project from them. 

Material Needed:

  • Scissors
  • 1 Styrofoam 12” round wreath form (available at all craft stores)
  • 2 or 3 packages of flathead sewing pins (500 to 700 pins, available at all sewing or craft stores)
  • 6 Long push pins (available at all craft stores)
  • 1 Piece of burlap 36” long x 8” wide  
  • 4 to 6 Packages of Rit Dye (different colors, available at all craft stores)
  • 1 Old metal pan for dying
  • 1 Wreath hanger (available at all craft stores)

Instructions:

  1. Cut the seams open in the jeans.
  2. Cut 3-inch strips and throw away the seams of the jeans.
  3. Fill your old pan with warm water and Rit Dye. You won’t need the complete package. Only use enough of the dye for the amount of water in your pan.
  4. Add the denim strips to the pan of dye. Let the strips soak in the dye until you have the color you desire.
  5. Hang the dyed strips outside to dry.
  6. Finish coloring your jean strips.
  7. Cut the 3 inch strips into ¾ inch pieces.
  8. Start anywhere on the wreath base. Take one strip and place a flathead straight pin through the middle of the strip and into the Styrofoam base.
  9. Continue mixing and matching the different colored jean strips until you have filled the wreath base.
  10. Tie a bow with the burlap and attach it to the wreath using the long push pins. 

Special Hints for your wreath:

  1. When placing the pins in the wreath base push them a little deeper into the base. This helps your pieces of denim stand-up and not lay flat.
  2. Place the pieces closely together to have a full fluffy wreath.
  3. There is no need to place the pieces of denim on the back side of your base.

 

Image: flickr.com

Ann Johnston

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Ann enjoys writing, reading, gardening, fishing and the great outdoors. Her job has allowed her to travel and live in different countries. She enjoys studying and learning about different cultures.

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