Denim Wreath – No Sew!

Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Crafts, Decor | 33 comments

Denim Wreath  - no sew   grandparentsplus.comDenim Wreath?  Another up-cycle or re-purposing idea for your old jeans? Yes, but this one is NO-SEW! Anyone can do this! If you can cut with a scissors, you’ve got all the skills needed for this one!

After upcycling jeans and making a Scrappy Jean Quilt, I had some jeans left over and decided to create a “Denim Wreath” using the same scrappy method. You don’t even have to be “crafty” to make this wreath!

Elementary kids and teenagers could easily make this Scrappy Jean Wreath. The  younger ones may need some help cutting the strips, but most elementary kids can handle that, too!

What makes this Jean Wreath special is the texture that comes from the fringing. If you prefer, you can mix jean fabrics for added color variations. Just experiment and make it the way you like it!

If you wanted to make a smaller wreath, just cut the strips a bit narrower and fringe only 1/2 inch at the most.


Old jeans – just one pair of very large jeans will make this wreath

Scissors – sharp ones!

Common Pins or you also can use the glue gun if you prefer.

Straw wreath base or styrofoam (your choice) My wreath was 14 inches in diameter.


First cut lengths of jean fabric ( I cut the jeans apart so they would lay flat. It is much easier to work with them this way. ) You don’t have to be very accurate, just cut away! The strips I cut were about 3 1/2 inches wide. No straight lines here!

Scrappy Denim Wreath

Fringe one side by cutting 1/2 -3/4 inch cuts on the side of the fabric. On one piece, fringe both sides. This will be the last piece of jean fabric to wrap around the wreath. That way, the fringe will show and you won’t have a bare spot without fringe.

Wet fabric strips completely and throw in dryer. They will begin to fray. Repeat again until you get the fringed, scrappy look.

Denim Wreath

At an angle, start wrapping the strips of jean fabric around a straw wreath. I like to use the straw wreaths versus the styrofoam as they don’t bust or break,  if dropped. Use a common pin to keep the fabric in place. When one piece ends, be sure to end it on the backside of the wreath. Now, pin another strip over it and keep going! Continue until you meet the first piece. Just be sure to connect all pieces on the backside of the wreath. They won’t show anyway.  (You may notice that this straw wreath is wrapped in burlap. I just covered it up with the denim and when I want to change it back, no problem as nothing is glued or permanent.)

Denim Wreath

When completely wrapped, it will look like this….


Denim Wreath

Now get creative and add embellishments.

I merely placed the rag heart on top and pinned it to the wreath. See the Rag Heart post on how to make this heart.

Denim Wreath

Or this….  The denim bow is made from a narrower strip, fringed, and tied so that the opposite side shows for some contrast.

Denim Wreath

For a boy’s room, pin a pocket on it and add a western red handkerchief!

Denim Wreath


Or for Summer……

Denim Wreath

For 4th of July, add a flag!

Make it nautical!The possibilities are endless!

This wreath is a good base for any season. By pinning the arrangements, they are easy to change.  No need to buy or store multiple wreaths! However, if you prefer, you can use a glue gun.

Easy, isn’t it?

After the posts on the Scrappy Jean Quilt and this Denim Wreath, you’ll never throw a pair of jeans out again, right?

Have Fun!


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  1. oh man i had forgotten this! so glad you shared at the creative challenge, I have to get back to creating with all these jeans here and a new wreath sounds like a great place to start!

  2. Just found your blog via Blissful and Domestic. I just had to comment on this wreath. Great Idea. I think it would be great as a 4th of July wreath. With RED flowers, a WHITE wooden star and the BLUE jeans it would be perfect. I can’t wait to explore the rest of your blog. Teresa

    • Thanks for stopping by and exploring. Do come back!

  3. Thank you for linking this up at our All Things Valentines Link Up! We’re kicking off the All Things Spring Link Up on Feb 28th. I hope you’ll stop by and link up again! Blessings!

    (This is the short link should you want to stop by the All Things Spring Link Up when it goes live –> )

  4. Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #41! Thanks for sharing such a great idea with us last week!

  5. You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday. {high fives}

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  6. What a clever idea…I have a weakness for wreaths…and denim…this is perfect. Thanks for sharing on Twirl and Take a Bow! ~Tammy

  7. Very clever Phyllis! I love all the different versions you have shown here. I appreciate you showing this to all of our Let’s Get Real readers. Since I don’t sew……….I’ll have to give this a go. I have plenty of old jeans to play with.

  8. I’ve been hanging onto some old jeans for a craft project and I think I’ve found it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. I found your blog through the Tips & Tricks Valentine’s Day Linkup.

    • Great use for old jeans!

  9. I love this wreath, especially with the big heart in the center and the hearts and the left. cute!!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  10. Very Cute and so many great ideas… would like to invite you to come share at One more Time events

  11. Very cute idea! Love all the variations……

  12. This is an awesome wreath set up. We love denim projects! Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  13. Absolutely LOVE the denim!
    Very cool!

  14. What a great idea, love denim too 🙂 thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays 🙂

  15. Super cute, love the denim! Thanks for sharing it with us at Sewlicious Home Decor! Pinned to the party board! 🙂


  16. I really like this idea, and have just the pair of jeans to make one. Thank you for a wonderful wreath idea.

  17. What a brilliant craft! I love it 🙂 So fashionable. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  18. I just finish making a wreath and this one is so different! I love the denim, very uniquw I’m going to book mark this and make it, I have tons of jeans that i dont use
    Thanks for the share

  19. What an awesome idea! I have tons of jeans that don’t fit that would probably be better used as wreath. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  20. Those wreaths are really cute!

  21. What a fun project and a great way to use jeans! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  22. I am so in love 🙂

  23. That’s so pretty and a fab use for old jeans x

  24. What a fun idea to make a wreath out of denim! It has such a gorgeous color and such a comfortable vibe! Good work!!
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  25. Love the pocket on the wreath. So practical and cute.

  26. A very unique idea on using jeans and I like it!! Pinning. visiting thru Tickled Pink Party

  27. I love recycled jean projects. Yours turned out great. I am pinning. Have a fantastic weekend. Best wishes, Darlene

  28. Love this idea! #pocolo

  29. Great recycle jeans ideas! And they’d also be great for 4th of July or other patriotic occasions.

  30. What a great way to reuse old jeans – I have a ton of them. Sometimes I make bags with them. I love all the versions of your wreaths. Going to pin now.


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