My house is full of flowers and plants, both natural and faux. I love to reflect nature in my home decor, a theme of my crafts and upcycles. Here I’ve made pom pom jeans flowers from repurposed denim scraps.
I have made a denim flower bouquet previously, but these were based on roses. Roses are a popular theme with my flower crafts; I’ve also made old map roses, and sweater felt roses. This time I decided to try another type of flower made of jeans scraps.
I’m not sure what plant these pom pom jeans flowers reflect in nature; they remind me of thistles. It doesn’t matter, though, as I love them on my mantle.
I’ve also made fabric sunflowers from denim to wear as a corsage.
Repurposing Jeans into Flowers
I’m a big fan of repurposing old jeans for home decor. The easiest denim crafts are the no-sew jeans upcycles. Though there is a small amount of sewing with this jeans upcycle, it could just as quickly be a non-sew project. The sewing can be replaced with some strategic fabric glue.
The whole craft is affordable, as with many of my crafts, it is an upcycle of waste fabric. It is a very straightforward and fun upcycle.
I made five of these pom pom jeans flowers in total, in various shades of denim.
Firstly, one of the beauties of upcycling old jeans is showing off the shades of indigo they come in. I think that mainly works well with these flowers.
Secondly, I prefer items in odd numbers when it comes to interiors, as I think it adds interest and is visually more appealing.
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What You Need
- Scraps of denim from old jeans.
- Garden wire or wire from an old coat hanger
- Sewing machine or needle and thread or fabric glue
- Leaf template
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors, rotary cutter and mat.
How To Make Denim Thistle Flowers
Step 1: The first thing to do is to cut the jeans scraps into long strips. The strips should be about 8cm wide and at least 40cm long. The longer the strip of denim, the bigger the thistle jeans flower.
I cut the denim from several pairs of jeans in shades of indigo. However, you can use just the same pair of jeans if you want flowers in the same shade of blue. You need one of these strips per flower.
Step 2: Next, fold the long strip of denim in half lengthways, then stitch along the bottom edge to hold the fold in place. The strip should be folded so that the wrong sides are touching.
Top tip: If you do not want to do any sewing, glue the two edges to hold the fold in place.
Step 3: Then, with scissors, cut into the crease of the folded denim strip. The cuts should be about 5-6mm wide and 2cm long. Cut along the whole length of the strip of denim.
Step 4: Cut the wire about 30cm in length; this will be the stem. Using a glue gun, stick one end of the cut denim strip to the end of the wire.
Then, wind the denim strip around the wire and secure the end with hot glue.
Step 5: The base of these jeans flowers looks unsightly, so I made some leaves to tidy it up. I used denim in a different shade of indigo for the leaves and a stem for the flower.
Using the leaf template, cut out two pieces of denim. Either glue these pieces’ wrong sides together or pin them and then stitch them together. I sewed my leaves.
Step 6: Cut a small hole in the middle of the denim leaves. Then thread this through the wire stem. Use hot glue to secure the leaves to the base of the wrapped jeans flower.
Step 7: Finally, finish off the flowers by covering the wire stem. Cut a strip of denim about 1cm wide and 30cm long. Wrap this around the exposed wire stem and secure it with hot glue.
Repeat the steps with different shades of denim to end up with a bunch of jeans flowers. There is some flexibility in the wire stem enabling the flowers to be bent, which helps with their display.
The jean’s flowers look fabulous in a vase on the mantle. I will make some more without the stem as a decorative broach for my jacket and as a fun present topper.
I liked the mason jar vase on the mantle for these denim thistles, as you can also see the stem. But I think these jeans flowers would look great in the Shibori indigo planters and jean planter I made. They also looked good next to the denim bunnies I made for my mantle.
Also, denim and leather are always a good combo so I could put some in my leather Boho vase.
As well as faux fabric flowers, I make fake plants such as sweater felt cacti and plastic bottle succulents. Jean scraps are fun to repurpose into other nature-themed crafts, such as denim feathers and faux moths taxidermy.
Check out these denim poppy seed heads, which are also fun to make with repurposed jeans scraps.
- Denim scraps from old jeans
- Garden wire
- Hot glue gun
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Needle and thread or fabric glue
- Cut the denim into a strip about 8cm by 40cm.
- Fold the denim strip in half longways, so the wrong sides meet. Either fold or stitch the denim strip.
- Using scissors cut into the denim fold at 5mm intervals about 2cm depth along the whole length of the denim strip.
- Glue one end of the cut denim strip to the garden wire and wrap it around the wire securing the end with hot glue.
- Next, make the leaves of the jeans flower, with the template.
- Make a hole in the center of the leaves and thread it through the wire stem. Use a hot glue gun to secure the leaves to the base of the pom pom flower.
- Next, cut a long thin strip of denim and use this to cover the wire stem. Wrap it around the wire securing it at both ends with hot glue.
- Repeat steps one to seven with denim from different jeans to make flowers in several different shades of indigo.
- Place the flowers in a mason jar vase.