DIY Upcycled Denim Necklace
Denim has always been an everyday symbol for style. – Ritu Kumar
I think jeans are basically my uniform. I seem to wear them every day. There are special occasion jeans, soft everyday jeans, the stay in jeans, the yard jeans…well you get the picture.
One of the great things about jeans is that you can wear them even when they are worn…really worn. In fact, you will be in vogue really. But, there does come a time when the jeans are too far gone and they have to be retired.
So let’s salvage them for this month’s craft destash …
Every month a group of bloggers are challenged by C’mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! Everyone is allowed a $10 allowance for necessities to complete their project (i.e. paint brushes, glue, etc), but the bulk of it must be created from their own stash of goodies.
Let’s meet this month’s bloggers!!
A blogging friend, Pillar Box Blue is amazing with all her denim upcycles. I was inspired to try another denim project…an upcycled denim necklace:
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- Old Jeans, this uses the hem on each leg from a pair of jeans
- Sharp Scissors
- Fabric Glue, I used this
- THIN Chain or Necklace
- Embellishments, maybe something like these, if desired
- Thin Twine, if needed
- A Clip/Clasp
- Trim the bottom hems on each leg of a pair of jeans.
- Remove the larger seam “chunk”. Sorry, I don’t know the technical name for this but you only want the flat part of the material.
- That should give you four pieces of material to work with. Line them up shortest to longest.
- Now, you will take the shortest piece first and apply the fabric glue; again, this is what I used.
- Take that piece and immediately start tightly rolling it up.
- With the next piece of denim, repeat the process of gluing only now the rolling part will be lining up the next piece and continuing where the last piece left off. Repeat this process until all the material has been used. BUT, leave a small amount of “tail” at the end so that you add your necklace part to the denim.
|DID YOU SEE THIS THRIFTED NECKLACE PROJECT?|
To Finish Denim Necklace:
I used an old thrifted necklace that already had a tip to tuck into the denim spiral.
If you don’t have this, no worries. Here’s what you will need to do:
Take your necklace and lay it on a flat surface with clasp at top. Make sure the necklace is round. Take the bottom (if it’s not the exact middle it won’t sit right on your neck; you can measure it to get the center if you like) of the necklace and line it up with the denim spiral end, that hasn’t been glued yet. With thin twine, or whatever you like, wrap the middle of the necklace and tail of denim spiral together; gluing each end. You don’t want this too thick or the last part of the denim won’t glue down flat.
- Once complete, glue the last part of the denim tail down.
- To keep the tail glued down, I used a clip to keep it closed until the glue was dried.
- Finally, add any embellishments to your DIY upcycled denim necklace that you like. I kept mine plain, but you could easily add a small decoration to the middle of the denim spiral.
Before you go, here are a few more upcycled denim projects we think you will enjoy and don’t forget to check out the other amazing bloggers destash projects:
- DIY Denim Bunny
- Easy DIY Scrappy Denim Skirt From Old Jeans
- Recycled Denim Purse Tutorial
- Recycled Jeans Denim Vest