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How To Make A Gorgeous Recycled Jean Planter

Ok, I admit it. I tend to get a bit obsessed with things, and one of my pet obsessions is recycling and upcycling jeans. I never throw out old jeans; I have a stack of them in my loft ready to be cut, pinned, glued or stitched into something new, like with this recycled jean planter.

It’s not just denim; I also have a thing for recycling, upcycling, and tin cans too! I also have a stack of them hidden in the shed, ready to be repurposed.

Fun Upcycled Denim Tin Can Planters

Guess what? I managed to marry the two with this gorgeous recycled jean planter. To make this planter unique and to show off the different shades of indigo in denim, I used just the seams and hems of jeans for this upcycle.

When cutting up old jeans no bits of denim are safe. I ensure every part is utilized, and I especially love it when I use the seams and waistbands of jeans. These are the most exciting bits that add character to any upcycle (along with the pockets).

Don’t you think succulents and denim look fantastic together? I do! So I’ve used this recycled jean planter for my succulents. I love their rustic look.

You can make denim fake snake plants for your jean planters if you want to go further.

 recycled jean planters by upcycling denim seams and tin cans

These planters are featured under the letter P in the A to Z of denim crafts.

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What you need to make a recycled Jean planter

  • The seams, hems, and waistbands from a few pairs of old jeans
  • Tin cans, big or small
hems of recycled jeans and tin can

How to make a recycled jean planter

Step 1: The first thing to do is cut the hems and seams of the jeans to the circumference of the tin can.

Step 2: Apply Mod Podge to both the inside of the denim strip and the outside of the tin can. Then wrap the jean seam around the tin can and hold it in place with a pin.

Gluing the seam to tin cans

Step 3: Repeat this process until the whole can is covered in denim strips. As you add each strip, make sure that the hems all join at the same place on the tin can.

gluing the seams to the cans
gluing the recycled jean planter

Step 4: Once the Mod Podge has dried, remove the pins. To tidy up the bit of the back of the jean planter where the seams meet, glue on another denim strip. Again using Mod Podge and pins to hold it in place as it drys.

Finishing off the recycled jean planter

All you need to do now is to plant your succulents. As succulents don’t need much water, you can plant them straight into the cans. However, if you put plants into the recycled jean planter that needs more watering, I suggest using an inner planter with drainage holes. You can use something simple like a yoghurt pot, as I used with these Chinese DIY flower pots.

Y course, leave them as they are and use them as pen pots or utensil holders.

Recycled jean planters
How to make goregous upcycled planters for your succulents. Just using tin cans and recycled jeans.  Full tutorial no sewing involved.
These recycled jeans tin can planters are so easy to make.  No sewing involved just glue and upcycled denim hems and seams (step by step tutorial).  They look great when planted with succulents and would make a lovely gift.
Yield: Recycled jean planter

Make Planters Out Of Old Jeans

How to make goregous upcycled planters for your succulents. Just using tin cans and recycled jeans. Full tutorial no sewing involved.

Gorgeous upcycled planters for your home from tin cans and old jeans.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • Seams and hems from old jeans
  • Tin cans
  • Glue


  • Scissors
  • Pins


  1. Measure the circumference of the tin can
  2. Cut denim seams and hems to this size
  3. Glue the seams and hems one by one around the tin can until the whole can is covered.
  4. Use pins to hold the seams in place as the glue dries
  5. Cover where the seams join with another seam glued over the top


These jeans tin can planters can also be used as caddies.

I only used the seams and hems of denim jeans in this project. If you want to see how I recycle the jeans pockets, you should check out my Denim Pocket Organiser. And if you are looking for a way to use up all your little scrap pieces of denim, check out my No-Sew Denim Patchwork Suitcase, or my Denim Patchwork Chair.

Other recycled jean seams projects

You can repurpose jeans in your home decor in so many other ways. Don’t forget to check out my denim page. You can also find lots more tin can upcycle ideas here.

Unique upcycled denim and repurposed jeans ideas for the home.

Sarah @ The DIY Mommy

Saturday 15th of June 2019

Beautiful Job, Claire! This would be a fun project to do with the kids over summer break :)

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 16th of June 2019

Thank you. Have fun making them.


Saturday 15th of June 2019

How fun are these, Claire?! I'm all about Mod Podge anything and will give this a shot. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 15th of June 2019

Thank you, they are really simple to make.


Wednesday 12th of June 2019

Omgoodness these are so stinky cute!!! I love to repurpose jeans, but your idea of using the seams is so clever!! And the green and blue are striking together!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 13th of June 2019

Thank you Cindy, I love crafting with seams.


Wednesday 12th of June 2019

Thanks for sharing your fun denim upcycles at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

Thank you ?


Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

I love this project! It came out beautiful and the texture is just perfect! I love the look of denim for decorating

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 4th of October 2018

Thank you Maria, I think it’s the textures that make this.

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