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Make Some Upcycled Denim Planters

I have a bunch of old pants laying around, hoping to some day become something else. I remember years ago, my Mom making my brother a blanket with squares of old jeans, but figured I don't have the time (or the patience) to do that, so wanted to figure out something a bit easier. I figured that it would be fun to decorate a planter and not have it look like a boring piece on my shelf. I decided to cut off the end of the pant leg, and make these.
They were pretty easy to make and could be changed up for any home decor, or holiday, etc. I sure hope that you like it!
Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $0 Difficulty: Medium
I started by cutting off about 8 of the legs of some old jeans. Next, I turned them inside out, to be able to sew them on the machine. I then set up my sewing machine for a regular stitch, at the area where I cut them off. I left the bottom hem of the jeans to be the top of the planter.
After the stitches were done, I folded the corner to the center of the top to create a diamond shape. This doesn't have to be perfect, just close to the shape. Next, I stitched about 1-1.5 in from the corner of the diamond. This will create the "square" that the planter is able to sit on. I did this on both sides. When I had the stitching finished, I folded the piece back from being inside-out.
I folding the top hem down about 2 or so, and then inserted a piece of rigid folded cardboard to the inside of the planter, to better hold the material taught.
Next, I added some ribbon and flowers that I had in my craft closet to decorate the top. You can make these whatever color, or design you want for the time of year you are using these.
Now they can be displayed anywhere you wish. I decided to use them for a plant and herbs, but they can even be used as a pencil holder, or for storage in your bathroom...whatever! I hope you like it! Please take a minute to leave me a comment, and let me know what you would do different, or what you would add, etc.

Materials used for this project:

  • Old Denim Pants
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
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To see more: http://www.tigerstrypes.com/upcycled-denim-planters/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Birdz of a Feather
    Birdz of a Feather Canada
    on Jun 24, 2016

    These are great! It might be cool to stitch on one of the back pockets and turn down less of a cuff to accommodate it. That way if you're gifting it to someone, you can put a card in the pocket!

    • Jamie Tomkins
      Jamie Tomkins Lakeside, AZ
      on Jun 24, 2016

      That's a great idea!! That's why I loved making these, because you could change it up however you wanted. :)

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jun 25, 2016

    Such a cute idea. I wouldn't change a thing! Love them.

  • PB
    on Jun 26, 2016

    Love the pocket idea. When using as a pen/pencil holder, the pocket can hold scissors.

  • Shawna Uptain
    Shawna Uptain Plantersville, AL
    on Jun 26, 2016

    How do you water the plant

    • Jamie Tomkins
      Jamie Tomkins Lakeside, AZ
      on Jun 26, 2016

      I put a clear saucer under the plant and just water as normal. :)

  • Anna
    Anna San Jose, CA
    on Jun 28, 2016

    love them, making for the 4th of July

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