If you thought your denim had seen its last days, think again.
Regardless of how tattered your denim jeans or denim jackets may be, don’t throw them away! In fact, your denim is most definitely not a lost cause, as there are many ways to reuse the classic and durable material.
We’re sharing 40 of the most creative ways to repurpose old denim you have in your closet right now.
1) Denim Wine Bag
Bringing wine as a gift is always a great gesture. Repurpose distressed denim to create a denim wine bag. Using scissors, snip denim and sew the bottom to ensure the glass bottle is supported. Pro tip: if you’re not great at sewing, use a stapler to get the job done.
2) Denim Passport Carrier
This is perfect for those who love to travel. Construct this simple denim passport carrier, without sewing. Simply use hot glue to paste denim pieces together, and add a snap button for additional security.
3) Denim Pumpkin
Halloween is here! Greet trick or treaters with denim pumpkins, repurposed from old denim. This is a perfect craft for the Fall season, and is a great way to spruce up your porch.
4) Denim Pot Holders
Keep hands protected by fashioning denim pot holders for cooking. The denim’s handy pockets serve as a perfect place to slip hands into, ensuring a solid grip.
5) Denim Wall Art
Recreate a unique piece of wall art using recycled denim. Simply cut up denim in different shapes and sizes, artistically creating your own design.
6) Denim Apron
The kitchen can get messy. Reuse old denim to make a denim cooking apron. Bon appetit!
7) Denim Shirt Pillow
Cover a worn pillow with a denim shirt, without having to cut it. This creative DIY is sure to have friends and family ask where you purchased this unique pillow.
8) Denim Bookmark
Craft this cute and creative denim bookmark using recycled denim.
9) Denim Basket
This denim basket can be used to hold various items. Depending on the size of your basket, you may need more than one pair of jeans.
10) Denim Beaded Ring
Craft a colorful beaded ring using distressed denim. This is a perfect slumber party activity as it’s fun and easy to make.
11) Denim Bracelet
Braid strips of old denim to craft this stylish bracelet. And, add additional embellishments for sparkle.
12) Denim Coasters
Create fun drink coasters using the pockets of distressed denim. Simply cut denim pockets and use immediately. If the edges are frayed, no problem, it’s part of the vintage aesthetic.
13) Denim Backpack
Craft a eco-friendly backpack by upcycling old denim. This DIY may take a little more time, but the outcome is so worth it.
14) Denim Bulletin Board
Organize photos and your favorite memories by crafting a denim bulletin board. All that’s needed is a cork board, worn denim, and hot glue. Love this!
15) Denim Quilt
Sew various pieces of denim together to construct this eclectic denim quilt. With the durability of the denim, the quilt can withstand the outdoors and can easily be washed.
16) Denim Snack Bag
Forgo the traditional brown paper bag, and opt for a fashionable denim snack bag to carry your lunch or other snacks. Trust us, this snack bag will make quite a statement in the lunchroom.
17) Denim Baby Bib
It’s inevitable that babies will drool, spill, and just make a mess. But, there’s no need to worry! Craft an economical, denim baby bib using old jeans.
18) Denim Lampshade
Create this striking lampshade by weaving together pieces of repurposed denim. This unique lampshade is eye-catching, and sure to be the centerpiece any room.
19) Denim Wreath
Welcome and wow guests by crafting a denim wreath. Use circular foam as a base, cutting and folding denim in a flower-like pattern. Use hot glue to layer the flower pieces on top of one another.
20) Denim Plush Toy
How cute! Use soft denim and intermediate sewing skills to craft this adorable plush toy.
21) Denim Christmas Ornaments
Create one of a kind denim Christmas ornaments. Craft different shapes and sizes for varied assortment.
22) Denim Table Setting
Host a memorable dinner party by creating table placemats from old denim. Utilizing the pocket as a utensil holder, this craft is sure to wow guests and have them asking where you got them from.
23) Denim Handbag
While this DIY looks complicated, it is actually fairly simply. Convert old, unused denim into a fashionable handbag. Add fun patchwork to personalize the accessory.
24) Denim Accessory Hanger
Hang your favorite accessories using recycled denim. Construct this accessory hanger using shower curtain hooks and a hole punch to create a useful appartus. Let the organization begin!
25) Denim Cutoff Shorts
Love your denim jeans, but the ends are tattered and torn? Simply cut jeans to convert them into stylish denim shorts.
26) Denim Book Cover
Repurpose used denim by covering your favorite novel or notebook. Simply sew or staple the hem to fit the book accordingly.
27) Denim Bean Bag
How awesome! Sit back and relax in this chic denim bean bag.
28) Denim Christmas Stockings
Christmas is right around the corner. Craft a unique Christmas stocking this holiday season using old denim.
29) Denim Scarf
This DIY is perfect for Fall’s changing seasonal weather. Cut and crochet denim to craft a one of a kind denim scarf.
30) Denim Duffle Bag
The durablilty of denim makes it a great material to use as a duffle bag. Now, you’re ready to break a sweat.
31) Denim Hair Accessories
Customize hair accessories by reusing old denim. Simply trim belt loops from your denim piece and hot glue the loop to hair clips. Once dried, clip the hair accessories into hair and enjoy.
32) Denim Rug
Craft a cool denim rug for your home or office using old denim. Simply sew various denim pieces together in a pattern of your choice. This is a great way to add color to any room.
33) Denim Phone Charger
Charge your cell phone conveniently using a denim pocket. Simply trim the pocket, using the excess material to hang around the base of the charger while it’s plugged into an outlet. This is an awesome hack!
34) Denim On-The-Go Carrier
This useful carrier is perfect for carrying a picnic quilt, or even a yoga mat, on-the-go. Quickly roll up your favorite blanket or mat and head out the door.
35) Denim Napkin Rings
This is country chic at its finest. Impress guests at your next dinner party by crafting these unconventional napkin rings made from upcycled demin cuffs.
36) Denim Bins
Construct denim bins in a few easy steps. These bins are so versatile, and can be used for anything you may need.
37) Denim Slippers
Look, and feel, adorable around the house by crafting these stylish slippers. Print out pattern pieces and sew denim accordingly.
38) Denim Necklace
Make this cute denim necklace by simply trimming unused denim to comfortably fit around your neck. Add rhinestones or embellishments to enhance style.
39) Denim Tool Belt
Keep tools on hand by crafting a denim tool belt. Cut along the leg seams, leaving the waistband intact and hemming the edges.
40) Denim Camera Bag
Cameras can be very expensive. Keep camera or other favorite equipment safe by crafting a camera bag from recycled denim.
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