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How To Make A Pretty Upcycled Denim Flowers Bouquet

Inside: A tutorial on how to make denim flowers (roses).

One of my favourite ways to decorate my home is with flowers, real and faux. I’m also a huge fan of repurposing my old jeans for the home. I managed to combine both passions with these upcycled denim flowers.

Real flowers are gorgeous and can’t be beaten, but I only get them a couple of times a year. I’m lucky if they last a week or two. At the same time, all the fabric flowers I make are everlasting.

In the past, I’ve made giant paper flowers, beautiful map roses, Scandi doodle flower decorations, and even old bedsheet flowers. However, I’ve never made denim flowers until now.

DIY Repurposed Denim Roses

I have thought about making denim flowers but didn’t get around to it. Then when I did have a go, I tried various methods and decided that the best flowers to make out of old jeans were denim roses.

These denim roses are made similarly to my map roses but use old jeans instead of old road maps.

Making denim roses was enjoyable. So much so that and ended up making enough for a denim bouquet. Old jeans in shades of indigo were repurposed to make my denim rose bouquet look more attractive.

I made so many denim roses that I even had some leftovers to turn into lovely napkin holders.

These denim flowers look great in a gin bottle vase. Well, that was the excuse I used for finishing off the gin.

I had a pleasant evening making repurposed denim roses while sipping gin and tonics.

Be warned too many gins whilst using a hot glue gun is not always the best idea!

faux flower bouquet

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What You Need To Make A Denim Flowers Bouquet

Denim scraps from old blue jeans

How To Make Denim Flowers

Step 1: The first thing to do is to download the rose petal template and print it out. Or, if you are confident enough, draw your petal shapes. You will need petals in 3 different sizes.

Map rose petal template

Step 2: Place the small petal template onto a scrap piece of denim, draw around it, and cut out the shape. Repeat with the other petal sizes.

I used six small petals, five medium and five large petals for each rose. If you want a bigger rose, you can add more petals.

Drawing around and cutting out denim petals

Step 3: Next, cut out two leaf shapes for each rose. I like to use a slightly different shade of denim for the petals for the leaves so they stand out more.

denim leaves and petals cut outs

Step 4: Before putting the denim flowers together, prepare a stem. Do this by cutting a long thin strip of denim about 1-2cm wide and about 30cm long.

Then, glue stick one end of the denim strip to the tip of the wooden skewer. Wrap the rest of the denim around the whole skewer, securing it in places with glue as you go.

Making a stem for denim roses

Step 5: Glue the denim petals to the stem with the hot glue gun. Start with one small petal and wrap it around the tip of the denim step. Then glue the other five small petals around the stem.

Next, glue the five medium petals around the stem. Make sure they are evenly spaced and overlap the gaps between the small petals. Repeat the process with the five large petals.

Finally, glue the two denim leaves to the base of the roses.

Making denim flowers
Finished denim roses

Tips For Making Denim Flowers

The denim roses I made were soft and floppy as I upcycled denim from well-worn jeans. However, if you want a stiffer denim flower, I suggest you cover each petal with fabric glue beforehand. Once the fabric glue has dried, the petals will become more rigid.

Finished denim flowers

Create roses of 2 different colours using the same pair of jeans. The colour will depend on which way round you glue the petals. For darker roses, glue the petals on the wrong side of the denim; for lighter denim flowers, glue the petals the other way around.

Making A Denim Rose Napkin Ring

Use some thick garden wire to make a denim napkin ring instead of a wooden skewer for the stem of the denim flower.

Once the denim rose is made, twist the wire into a loop to hold a rolled-up napkin. There is another DIY napkin ring idea here.

denim flower napkin ring

Making a Denim Flower Bouquet

You can make a lovely denim bouquet if you make denim flowers from scraps from different pairs of jeans. With the long wooden stems, displaying the denim flower bouquet in a mason jar or gin bottle vase is easy.

denim flower bouquet
Denim flowers in gin bottle

I warn you that making these denim roses is an addictive craft. I spent one Saturday evening making a load of the denim flowers whilst drinking gin and tonic, so I had some lovely gin bottle vases for them.

Since making these denim roses, I have made some other repurposed jeans flowers. These jean’s pom pom flowers look more like thistles. You can also make Chrysanthemum flowers out of denim.

single denim rose
single denim roses
Denim roses in Bombay saphire bottle
Yield: denim roses, denim flower napkin ring

How To Make Denim Flowers

denim flower bouquet

These gorgeous upcycled denim flowers are made from scraps of fabric from old jeans. You can create a lovely bouquet of denim roses by using jeans of different shades of indigo. Single denim flowers can also be made into gorgeous napkin rings. This is a no-sew denim upcycle.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Denim Scraps
  • Petal Template
  • Wooden skewers for the bouquet
  • Garden wire for napkin rings
  • Glue


  • hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pen


  1. 1. Cut out the petal template
  2. Use the template to cut petals in 3 different sizes, 6 small, 5 medium and 5 large.
  3. Cut out 2 leaves in denim of a different shade.
  4. Cut a strip of denim 1-2cm by 30cm wrap around the wooden skewer and use glue to hold it in place.
  5. Starting with the small petals glue them one by one to the top of the skewer.
  6. Once all the petals are glued to the stem then glue the 2 leaves to the base.


To make the denim flower napkin ring use garden wire for the stem rather than a wooden skewer. That way the stem can be bent around.

Since making these denim roses, I have also made a cute sunflower denim corsage. Denim can be used for many other crafts. I’ve even made fake snake plants out of old jeans.

Check out this flower fabric pattern for poppy seed heads, where I have made denim ones. This fabric flower-making tutorial could easily be adapted for denim.

denim fabric poppy seed heads

These denim roses are featured in the A to Z of repurposed denim crafts and the alphabet of unique upcycling ideas.

If you liked these upcycled denim flowers, you would probably like some of my other scrap no-sew denim projects.

I even made a colourful Kaffe Fassett fabric decoupage vase for all my denim flower blooms.

Handmade denim flowers in an upcycled vase

Cynthia Robinson

Thursday 11th of May 2023

Love these, so many uses for these flowers. You could sew one or two smaller flowers with a few leaves onto a coated elastic to make a pontail. Something different!

If you have the time... a decorative doorwreath but I would paint the leaves with glue first to help hold their shape.

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 11th of May 2023

Thank you, I have thought about making a wreath one day. Denim is quite stiff so you can get away without using glue to stiffen the leafs most of the time.


Monday 7th of March 2022

Wow,just got this I did do roses in 2015 in a craft class out of silk,but then tried it in 2017 for my wedding decorations wish I had pictures got destroyed in ice storm. I have wedding to attend in May so will e wearing a corsage for it wearing the colors

Claire Armstrong

Monday 7th of March 2022

Thank you, good luck with it and enjoy the wedding.


Tuesday 7th of September 2021

What an amazing and awesomeness idea!!!! I love love love it!!! I can’t wait to make my first rose and your pattern would work on any fabric. Have an Beautiful Day!! Stay safe and healthy 🙏🏼 Thank you 😊

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 7th of September 2021

Thank you, they sit on my mantle and I love them.


Friday 3rd of July 2020

Beauteful gostei em português

Claire Armstrong

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Thank you so much.

Dee | Grammy's Grid

Saturday 11th of April 2020

Love these and denim!! Pinned.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 12th of April 2020

Thank you so much and thanks for the share.

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