How to upcycle your denim: make a super easy wall hanging

Upcyced denim on wall

Love denim enough to recycle it on your walls, sofa or chair?

I rarely leave the house without wearing a piece of denim: skirts, jeans, shirts – this classic, durable fabric is so easy to recreate again and again.

Yet despite its sturdy nature, denim doesn’t last forever. Whether it’s a few mince pies too many over the years, weight loss, or just a case of the threads finally tiring out, our beloved denim pieces eventually become unwearable. That’s not to say they’re no longer useable, however.

Recently moving home, with a few pairs of old, redundant denim jeans to get rid of and a flat to decorate, I finally found the perfect solution to worn-out denim: interior decorations!

Before you think this is going to get all ‘cowgirl’, hold your horses. You’ll be surprised what your denim can be upcycled into.

Jeans and sewing items
Get ready to do denim in a completely new way!

How to upcycle your denim into a sensationally easy, wall art hoop

In case you hadn’t noticed, wall art is all the rage these days. Luckily for us denim-lovers, it seems the quirkier, the better.

If you’ve got some denim to upcycle but don’t want to spend ages doing so, this lovely little project is as easy as pulling on your jeans, literally.

What you need to upcycle your denim:

  • Embroidery hoop (pick your own size)
  • Denim (shirt, skirt, jeans…anything will do!)
  • Sharp scissors

What to do:

1. Position your denim

Lie your denim out on a flat surface and place the larger circle of your embroidery hoop on top, moving it around until you find an aesthetically pleasing spot.

I personally like to have a pocket/some other kind of gorgeous denimy-detail incorporated.

Move your hoop around until you find a spot you like.
Move your hoop around until you find a spot you like.

2.Tighten your embroidery hoop & let the denim upcycling commence!

One you’ve positioned your hoop in the desired place, place the smaller circle underneath the fabric, pushing the larger circle down over it.

If it doesn’t fit around the smaller hoop, you may need to trim away some of bulkier details of your denim, such as the belt loops.Denim upcycling with embroidery hoop

Turn the metal lock to tighten the loop into place. Make sure the denim is taught to guarantee a polished final result.

underside of denim in embroidery hoop
Make sure the denim is pulled taught for a polished finish.

3. Cut around the edge of the circle to remove the excess denim

Take a pair of sharp scissors, and cut a rough outline around the edge of your embroidery hoop. This doesn’t need to be too accurate, as you’ll be able to neater up the edges later on.

Cutting denim around embroidery hoops
Trim the excess denim away roughly – you can neaten up later.

4. Neaten up the edges around the embroidery circle for a polished, upcycled look

Now’s the time to pass over the edge of your denim with a more delicate hand.

Cut as close to the edge of the embroidery hoop as possible, being careful not to push the smaller hoop out of place – if you do, your design is ruined, so take care.

Denim embroidery hoop
Trim the scruffy denim away with a gentle hand.

5. Sit back & admire your upcycled denim

Wow, that was easy wasn’t it? Who knew denim could be used in such a new, decorative way.

The embroidery hoop makes for easy hanging on a wall, so get putting those nails up pronto.

Denim embroidery hoop
Ta-da!

Expert Tips for even better upcycled denim:

  • If you want to take this project a step further, you can choose to spray paint your embroidery hoop a different colour before starting, just make sure it’s dried before you start!
  • Worried that you’ll knock the hoops out of place? If so, you can glue round the edge of the smaller circle before you press its larger counterpart around it. This means that even if you do knock the hoop out of place, you’ll be able to put it back together again without having to start over.
  • For added quirkiness, make the wall hangings in a number of different sizes and display them on the wall alongside a mish-mash of other frames and mirrors.

I hope you liked this super easy tutorial. As you can see from my own wall, it’s one of my favourite ways of upcyling denim, and I know I’ll be trying it again and again.

Editor

Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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