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Easy Upcycled Denim Roses Wreath

It’s so easy to create an upcycled denim roses wreath using some old jeans that either no longer fit or just aren’t wearable anymore.

How to Make an Easy DIY Upcycled Denim Roses Wreath

I love to make upcycled flowers of all kinds, and because I’ve had some old jeans hanging around I’ve been wanting to make some denim roses. This month’s Do It Over Designer’s challenge was the perfect time to get some made.

I’m joining a bunch of creative bloggers for the Do It Over Designers blog hop. This is my first time joining in, and I can’t wait to see what everyone has created. The theme for this blog hop is fabric and I chose denim. I’m sharing my project with you first, and you can find links to all the talented creators at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out all the fabulousness. I’m sure you’ll be inspired!

Using old jeans to create denim roses

old jeans for upcycling projects

These two pairs may look fine folded up, but you just have to trust me when I say that they are past the point of being done. It’s hard to give up an comfy old pair of jeans, but transforming them into something pretty makes it easier.

tools needed for creating denim roses

Supplies needed for upcycled denim roses wreath

  • old jeans or denim of some kind
  • thrifted scarf
  • flat wreath form
  • jute twine
  • craft cutting mat
  • rotary cutter
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and sticks

misc denim pieces from old jeans

When I cut up our our old jeans, I cut up all the parts and store them for possible later projects like these upcycled denim jean seam flowers.

Cutting the denim to create roses

cutting 2 inch denim strips with rotary cutter on craft mat

Using my rotary cutter I cut my denim into two inch strips. It cut the denim like butter.

cutting 2 inch denim squares with rotary cutter on craft mat (1)

After I had a bunch of strips I cut two inch squares. You can do a few strips at a time like I did, or one at a time if that works better for you. Just make sure to hold the ruler down firm where you’re cutting.

Creating petals for denim roses

collage for steps for making denim roses
  1. Start with a two inch square
  2. Fold your square in half and cut a rounded shape from the open side
  3. Cut a small slit into the folded side
  4. Add a bit of hot glue
  5. Fold the bottom pieces together to form a petal
  6. Use your fingers to gently create shape around the petal. How this holds depends on the type and thickness of denim you use.

Creating the centers for denim roses

collage for steps for making denim rose center
  1. Start with a two inch square and fold it down from one of the corners
  2. Fold the right side in
  3. Fold the top section down, and you’re left with a cone shape
  4. Fill your cone with whatever you like, I used tissue paper, and use hot glue to seal it up. Be careful not to burn your fingers. This can be a little finicky. I used a letter opener that I keep just for help with hot gluing to spare my fingers. Or you can use a cold glue gun.
gluing denim petals onto denim middle piece inside view

After hot gluing a few of your petals around the center it should look something like this.

gluing denim petals onto denim middle piece outside view

Here you can see it from the back.

upcycled denim rose from old jeans

And basically you just keep gluing petals around and around, in a way that looks good to you, until you’re happy with the size. There really is no wrong here. I think I used 18 petals for this one.

handmade denim roses ready to be placed on wreath

I made three denim roses and as you can see each rose looks different, and that’s ok. Every rose in nature is unique so why should denim roses all look the same.

Now that my upcycled denim roses were done I needed a wreath to display them.

Wrapping a wreath form with a repurposed scarf

wrapping wreath form with scarf starting at the bottom

I found this wreath form at a local thrift store for 50 cents. I think you can also find these at the dollar store. They’re made of MDF or something like that. You could also make one from cardboard. Because these denim roses are fully rounded, it’s best to use a flat wreath form.

I wrapped my wreath form with a $1 thrifted scarf that has a lot of pretty springy type colors in it. Starting at the middle bottom area I wrapped both sides up.

There are so many things you can wrap wreath forms with; jute twine, ribbon, burlap, rope, fabric, lace, just to name a few, but I have a thing for repurposing scarves in my projects, and I have quite a thirfted collection to choose from.

tying scarf fringe at top of wreath with jute twine

That way the two ends meet in the middle at the top with about the same amount of scarf left. I tied them together with jute twine and let the pretty fringe hang down. You could certainly cut the fringe off, and glue the ends of the scarf onto the form, if it’s not your thing, but I quite love it.

jute twine hanger at back of wreath

I tied the twine in a knot at the back and then tied a loop for a hanger.

Creating a denim bow

pieces of denim for creating denim bow for wreath

To create a denim bow I cut two 2 1/2″ pieces of denim, one 24 inches long and the second 12 inches long. Then I shaped them a bit so that gathering would be easier. Denim can be a little bit thick.

gathering denim pieces in middle to create denim bow

Gather the denim in one hand in a bow shape, and tie it with jute twine with the other hand. This bow was created using the back of the denim, but once it was done I thought it was too light so I made a second one that you’ll see in the pic below.

Assembling my upcycled roses wreath

Upcycled Denim Roses Wreath with Denim DIY Pink Felt Rose Accents

I glued on my bow and denim roses, adding some handmade pink felt roses as accents. I love to mix textures and the contrast of the smooth felt with the rustic denim works for me.

You could fill the wreath with roses if you like, but I really love the look of the scarf so I wanted some of that to be visible as well. It’s really just a personal choice.

TIP: because the denim roses are a little heavy I did have to add a few dabs of hot glue to secure the scarf to the wreath form below where I was gluing the roses. That way the roses have a solid base and won’t pull on the scarf.

Easy Upcycled Denim Roses Wreath with Old Jeans and Repurposed Scarf

And here’s my finished upcycled denim roses wreath hanging on my bedroom door. I’ve always loved the combo of pink and denim. For me it just works.

Some of my denim roses have rustic edges and I like them like that, but they could certainly be trimmed them up if preferred.

So the next time you find yourself with an old pair of jeans ready to be trashed, upcycle them instead.

If you like these denim roses you might also like these DIY rolled paper roses that I created a few years ago. I’m still enjoying them in my craft room.

I hope this project has inspired you, and now for more inspiration be sure to check out the other Do It Over Designers listed below.

Sum of Their Stories – How to Refashion an Old Dress into a Stylish Jacket
Pandora’s Box – Do It Over Designers Fabric
The Apple Street Cottage – Vintage Dresser Scarves Refashioned as Pillow Covers
Birdz of a Feather – Easy Surface Design using Canva
Exquisitely Unremarkable – How to Make Vintage Handkerchief Angels
Little Vintage Cottage – DIY Fabric Covered Journal
Modern on Monticello – How to Make Leather Earrings from Repurposed Leather
Purple Hues & Me – Framed Embroidered Florals from Shower Curtain Fabric
Southern Sunflowers – DIY Flower Wall Hanging for Spring Decor
Color Me Thrifty – that’s me! – Easy Upcycled Denim Roses Wreath

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.

How to Create a DIY Upcycled Denim Roses Wreath

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!

XOX

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22 Comments

  1. Your wreath is beautiful. Tuula. This is a perfect project for all that denim that we crafters have stashed away and I love how you incorporated the thrifted scarf!

    1. Thanks Ann! These blog hops always make me want to challenge myself by trying new things, and that has become part of the fun.

  2. What a perfect spring craft! I’ve never made fabric flowers, but it’s a crafty task that’s been on my list. Thanks for sharing the process and your lovely wreath!

    1. Thanks Kim! Making flowers is so much fun, and I’m always looking for new ways to create them.

  3. Patti @ Pandora's Box says:

    Your roses are so cute and I can imagine them being used in a variety of ways, especially as a pin on a jacket! Your wreath design is very clever!

  4. What a fun upcycle fabric project, Tuula! Your denim flowers are just too adorable! Who doesn’t have old jeans to make these lovelies! And they go perfectly with the cool wreath you created using different types of fabric!

    1. Thanks Gail! Flowers are a must when it comes to my decor, and I just can’t stop making them in different ways.

  5. Wow, this is so pretty Tuula! I’d love to try this too. I love your idea of cutting up the jeans, ready to be used. That makes it so much easier to get creative with the denim when it’s just sitting there waiting for you!

    1. Thanks Sara! Yes, cutting the jeans up completely just makes it easier to get inspired with all the pieces.

  6. Ooohhh, those denim roses are so pretty!! Love the wreath Tuula 🙂

    Tania

    1. Thanks Tania! I was surprised how easy they were to make, and I think I’ll be making more.

  7. I love this crafty use of denim! Very sweet wreath and I bet it makes you smile very time you see it. (:

  8. Debra Hubbs says:

    This is so cute and unique. Happy Spring!

  9. These denim roses are beautiful, I have loads of scrap denim as I always keep all the leftovers too! Actually, I have an old wreath that really needs a makeover so now I’m picturing it with a denim rose or two. You’ve inspired me, thank you!

  10. Oooh, I like how you made the denim roses much better than how I’ve been making them with long strips of fabric rolled into the center. I’ve saved your tutorial for reference. Thank you Tuula, your upcycled fabric wreath is very pretty!

    1. Thanks so much Marie! I’ve made those rolled roses in the past as well, and they do certainly have their uses. These ones have more dimension and were a lot of fun to create.

  11. Your wreath looks awesome! The denim is perfectly paired with your textured and colorful scarf. I’ve got jeans in 3 different shades that I keep stripping for projects ~ lol.

    1. Thanks Allyson! I love to repurpose scarves in projects. They can be used in so many ways.