Easy To Make Unique Denim DIY Christmas Tree

Upcycle Your Jeans Into A Fun DIY Christmas Tree

I know indigo is not a traditional Christmas colour but who cares? I wanted to make some DIY Christmas trees out of denim scraps.
You can always decorate the denim Christmas tree to give it a more festive feel. Or leave the trees “aux naturalle” and have the trees as a year-round decoration.
These DIY Christmas trees are made in a very similar way as the felt Christmas tree I made last year. Like with those trees these denim ones are made from all upcycled materials that you are likely to have to hand. Or they should be easy to get hold of.
To decorate the trees you can just use some pom pom trim. Or keeping with the reuse, repurpose theme, make a tiny felt chain garland out of wool sweater scraps.
DIY christmas trees from repurposed denim pin
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What you need to make a denim DIY Christmas tree

  • Seams, hems and stitched denim trim from old jeans.

  • Hot glue gun – Strong clear glue and pins.

  • Cardboard – I used the cardboard base from a frozen pizza. Any scrap cardboard packaging will do. As long as it is not too thick as you will need to bend the cardboard.
    what need to make denim trees

  • Twigs to use as trunks

  • Woodslices for the base
    twigs and woodslice

    For the denim Christmas tree decorations

  • Mini pom pom trim about 3-4mm red & white

  • Felt stars

  • Cocktail sticks

  • Sweater felt scraps in various colours and a needle and thread


How to make a DIY christmas tree

  1. The first thing to do is to make a cardboard cone for the body of the DIY Christmas tree. I used a cardboard base from a frozen pizza, I cut the base into a quarter. This quarter circle was then rolled into a cone shape and held in place with tape.
    If you don’t eat frozen pizza, you can just draw around a plate with a sharpie on some other suitable cardboard packaging. Make the cone whatever size you want.
    Making cardboard cone

  3. Next starting from the top, cut a strip of denim to fit exactly round the tip of the cone. For these small strips, I used belt loops cut from old jeans. Glue this strip in place and hold with a pin whilst the glue dries.
    Glueing seams to cardboard

  5. Carry on glueing strips of denim to the cardboard cone. Work your way down the cone, until all the cardboard is covered. Once the circumference of the cone got to large for belt loops, I then used the hems of old jeans followed by the long inside seams. If you are making a bigger DIY Christmas tree you can also use the waistbands from old jeans.
    Using different parts of the jeans and from differnt pairs of the jeans, only adds character to the trees.
    Making denim christmas trees

  7. Next to make the trunk and base for the DIY Christmas tree, glue a twig to the middle of a woodslice. I used a hot glue gun for this as the glue dries very quickly.
    Glueing twig to woodslice

  9. To finish off the DIY Christmas trees, simply pop the denim cones ontop of the twigs. Use a dolop of glue on the top of the twigs to keep the cones in place.
    Beautiful repurposed denim DIY Christmas trees

  11. Finally to finish off make the denim trees more festive by adding a felt star to the top and decorations. The felt star is simply held in place with a cocktail stick.
    The colourful mini garland was made by simply sewing small strips of sweater felt scraps into a chain.

Felted sweater wool scraps
Upcycled mini sweater felt chain
Upcycled denim Christmas tree with mini upcycled scrap felt garland.
Or you can simply wrap some mini pom pom trim around your jeans Christmas trees.

Upcycled Christmas trees made from old jeans
pom pom decorated DIY denim Christmas tree.
Gorgeous upcycled jeans DIY Christmas trees
Repurpose your old denim scraps into Christmas trees.
I love both the decorated and plain DIY Christmas trees. All the shades of indigo and interesting textures on the tree look great. I think they would look lovely on a mantle or as a table decoration. I like having a mini forest of these trees in differnt sizes. You could even make the denim trees to use as a place card holder on a Christmas tablescape.

DIY denim trees
Denim DIY Christmas tree

If you like me aren’t afraid of using denim in your upcycled Christmas decorations you should check out the denim Christmas decorations here.
Or if you like a more festive colours for your Christmas decorations but still want to make repurposed decorations check out my sweater upcycled Christmas ornaments.
The Best Repurposed Denim Christmas Decorations
Or check out my denim feather wall decor.
Cool upcycled denim crafts for the home
For more green Christmas crafts check out favecrafts.com.



46 Responses

  1. Your trees are too cute! I love the mini felt “paper” chain too! Thanks for sharing at our Merry Monday party. I’ll be including your denim Christmas trees in my Features at our next party. We’d love for you to stop by again and share a couple more projects!

    • Thank you, Emily. I had fun making that tiny chain, using up tiny scrap pieces of felt.

  2. I love the fact you are using old denim to make into Christmas decorations. It’s only “other” people who say blue isn’t a traditional colour and I for one am happy to lead a new trend in making denim the new Christmas fabric and colour! A lovely festive post to add to #GoingGreen, thank you ๐Ÿ’š

    • Thank you, Rosie I love to repurpose with denim whenever possible.

  3. Aah these are super cute Claire โ€” and something that the littles might like to have a go at decorating!! I daren’t let them loose with our real Christmas tree! These would be fab ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing #HomeEtc

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  4. These are ace! I always have loads of bits of old jeans lying around and I never know what to do with them. #HomeEtc

  5. these are so cute claire! I just love your ideas!

  6. These are so cute Claire! I love all of that wonderful texture and detail. Thanks so much for stopping by the Creative Circle and sharing your post. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pinning! xoxo

    • Thank you, Kathy. I just love upcycling denim especially the seams.

  7. Joy

    Pinned. Great idea and very clear tutorial. Thank you Claire. I liked your suggestion that the trees could be year round decorations.

  8. You amaze me Claire with all of your wonderful Denim projects! These sweet Denim trees are just awesome!

    Thank you so much for sharing your fun project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

    • Thank you, Sam. I just love crafting with denim, I have so many more ideas watch this space!

  9. Muy original.

  10. Oh my gosh, seriously, who could care that blue isn’t the traditional Christmas tree color?! These are just so adorable! And I nearly swooned when I saw that tiny scrap fabric chain decoration! Amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lisa

    • Thank you. I know what you mean about the scrap felt chain, I’m kind of obsessed with them now and have been making loads to add to this year’s decorations. I do have large amounts of sweater felt scraps!

  11. What a clever idea…..I might attempt this! Thx for sharing this idea!

  12. These little Christmas trees are so adorable. It pays to keep every scrap. Congratulations on the IBA2018 award.

    • Thank you so much, Debra. I’m still buzzing I had a lovely time everyone has been so nice!

  13. I love your Christmas trees, Claire, both with and without the decorations. Showcased today…

  14. These are darling, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned!

  15. Stop it! Every time I come over to your blog I am so amazed at the new, creative thing you’ve done. I love how you started this post with how denim isn’t traditionally Christmas, “but who cares.” Totally. ๐Ÿ™‚ These are adorable!!! I need some now.

    • Aww, thank you so much that is lovely to hear. I just love upcycling and making stuff.

  16. So cute I have everything needed to make these. Will look cute in our den were navy n maroon is the colour that goes with black grey and rustic woods. Pinned

  17. This is such a fun idea! And yet another awesome way to use up waistbands and trims – you amaze me! Pinned.

    • Thank you, I love thinking of ways to repurpose denim trims as they are my favourite bit of an old pair of jeans.

  18. I love denim projects! these trees are adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. These little Christmas trees are soooo adorable! Now I regret sending a lot of my old Jean’s to the Goodwill.

    • Thank you, Linda. Just remember to hang on to the next pile of worn jeans.

  20. These are just too cute, I love all denim crafts. We have plenty too, because we wear out the knees like CRAZY in this household. Pinning to several boards, thanks!

    • Thank you. Everyone in the family passes their old jeans on to me to recycle.

  21. These are adorable and doable! Perfect for a show I may be in next Fall. Thanks for sharing the DIY!

  22. What a fantastic idea. I need to make some of these for my tree collection.

    • Thank you, they are fun to make and undecorated I think you can get away with having them all year round.

  23. Oh my gosh these are super cute! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

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