Recycled Denim Bracelet

A recycled denim bracelet is a low cost craft idea for kids. We all have jeans with holes. Perhaps you may cut them off and make them into shorts like I do, or a blanket like my mom. As an alternative how about creating a recycled denim bracelet that uses denim as the main material with a couple supplemental trimmings costing less then $2.

recycled denim bracelet


  1. Cut a one inch strip of your jeans pant leg across from one side to another. The width of the jeans I am using is 8″.
  2. Cut one side at the seam. Cut the other one inch after the seam.
  3. Cut two slits from one seam to the other. Do not cut through the thick part of the material just cut up until then. These are your 3 braiding strands. Yes they are connected at both ends. Keep them connected. recycled denim bracelet
  4. Cut a slit that will be a button hole at the side of the denim that extends longer then the seam.
  5. Use fray check on all cuts to keep the denim from fraying. The fray check will make the denim stiff. The more fray check you use the more stiff the bracelet.
  6. Mystery braid following the directions in this video.
  7. Cut your trims to a 8″ length. trimmings
  8. Fray check the ends of your trim so they do not fray or unravel. TIP: Attach a piece of tape where you want to cut so that the ends do not unravel after cutting. Tape should be on both sides of the cut. 
  9. Thread one trim through the braid as if it was one of the three braiding strands.
  10. Thread your second trim through the braid in the same manner. bracelet with trimming
  11. Cut a small slit at the top of each trim in the denim as shown in the picture.
  12. Thread the trim through the hole.
  13. Sew both ends of the trim to the denim to secure. I tacked it on both sides of the hole. recycled denim bracelet
  14. Attach a button to the side that was cut right at the seam. You are finished!

recycled denim bracelet

If you are wondering about the trimmings, there is a section at the fabric store where you can buy by the yard. The tan/white and red trimmings I used were both around $1.50/yard. I did find a lot of trimmings on clearance for .25-.75/yard. I think it would be fun to show my 10-11 year old activity day girls how to make this recycled denim bracelet. This would also be fun for girls camp or a girls craft night!
recycled denim braceletPin this for later if you do not have any jeans you can recycle today. If you have any questions please ask! Check out our Mini Easter Basket for another recycled craft.

Mini Easter Basket from A fun craft for #Easter.


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

19 Replies to "Recycled Denim Bracelet"

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    Brenda March 17, 2015 (10:06 am)

    Very cute. I have been wanting another project for my denim stash. Thanks!

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      Kimberly March 17, 2015 (10:21 am)

      Funny how we all have denim laying around just waiting for a project.

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    Aliza B March 17, 2015 (10:16 am)

    Wish I would have seen this before I donated some jeans to the thrift store. I always say , “Oh but I might use that…” And I got overruled during our spring cleaning this weekend. I’ll pin this for next time!

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      Kimberly March 17, 2015 (10:22 am)

      I’m glad you like this!

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    JESS44903 March 17, 2015 (9:26 pm)

    Oh wow…this turned out super cute! 🙂

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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    Creative Mama Renee March 17, 2015 (10:52 pm)

    Love how fun these are – gotta remember this next time I have a pair of jeans that start to fall apart. I’m so happy to be co-hosting the Spring Craft Blog Hop with you!

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    Erlene March 18, 2015 (6:12 am)

    What a clever way to make use of old jeans. Love it!

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    lorraine williamson March 18, 2015 (11:58 am)

    love the it different turning it into jewelry thanks for sharing visiting from two uses tuesday

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    Laurie March 18, 2015 (2:32 pm)

    Just popping in from VMG206 Brag About It link party to say thank you for linking up! This is a really great idea! My girls would love this. Pinning!

    Also, wanted to say, I’m happy to be co-hosting with you on #SCBH2015!

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    Kelley March 19, 2015 (9:57 am)

    Those bracelets are gorgeous and simple, my favorite type of project. My niece would love these. I will have to add them to my own upcycling of jeans.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    allthatsjas March 20, 2015 (11:39 am)

    You’re so creative! Thank you for linking your ideas with us at Thursday Favorite Things!

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    Katherines Corner March 20, 2015 (9:18 pm)

    super cute recycle project! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

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    Alexandra March 21, 2015 (6:11 am)

    Great idea! And super cute. Pinning.
    Poppin’ over from the Worthwhile Wednesday link party.

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    Lou Lou Girls March 23, 2015 (4:01 pm)

    Cool idea. Pinned and tweeted. We are so thrilled to have you at our party. Please stop by tonight at 7, so we can see your amazing projects. Lou Lou Girls

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    Barb @ A Life in Balance March 24, 2015 (6:30 pm)

    Thank you for contributing to Motivation Monday!

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    Anne @ Domesblissity March 25, 2015 (5:45 am)

    Hi Kimberly. What a gorgeous bracelet. I’m thinking your imagination could go wild with the different combinations. I’d love to make a few of these for myself. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I’m featuring this one at tomorrow’s party. It was a pleasure to have you.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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      Kimberly March 25, 2015 (7:22 am)

      I’m glad you like it. There are so many possibilities. Thanks for the feature.

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    Heaven March 25, 2015 (2:04 pm)

    Love this! What a great idea. We have so many old jeans. Found you on Domesblissity.

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    Erin Scott October 14, 2015 (8:47 am)

    Such an inspiring idea! I prefer to unleash my creativity and reuse my old stuff instead of throwing it away to the landfill!

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