This DIY denim rag wreath is such a fun and easy project. You can have a beautiful wreath to hang on your door or give as a gift in no time. This is a great project for beginners, and it's also perfect for kids. They'll love helping to create this fun wreath, and you'll love the results. Plus, it can be customized for any holiday or season!
Denim Rag Wreath
Need a new wreath for your door? This denim rag wreath is the perfect project for you! It is a simple tutorial, yet the final product is stunning. Don't worry about paying a ton of money at a boutique store. Make your own for under $5 instead! You only need a few materials, and it’s a great way to use up old denim jeans.
The finished product makes a beautiful addition to any room in your home. Hang it on your front door for welcoming guests, or place it in your living room as a unique piece of art. It’s sure to be a conversation starter!
If you like the idea of upcycling something and turning it into a wreath, then this list of old book page wreaths is going to be a favorite. There are tons of ideas on this list that are ideal for adding to your front door or above your mantle.
What Should I Use for My Wreath Form?
I like to use a styrofoam wreath form because they are the cheapest and easy to work with. Plus, I can often find these at my local dollar store for just a few dollars.
You can also use a plastic or grapevine wreath form if you prefer. I like the foam ones because it is so easy to push the pieces of denim down into the wreath. Of course, you can always go with making your own wreath form by cutting out a circle of cardboard or plastic. Take a piece of strong cardboard, or place multiple layers glued together, and cut it into a circle. Then cut out the inside circle. This creates a wreath form that you can use for nothing.
What Is The Best Way to Cut Pieces of Denim Into Exact Sizes?
The best way to cut pieces of denim into exact sizes is to use a rotary cutter. If you don’t have a rotary cutter, you can use a sharp pair of fabric scissors.
Lay the denim flat on a cutting surface, and then cut strips that are 1” wide and around 6" long. You can make your strips shorter or longer, depending on the size of your wreath form and if you are going to use my method or will wrap and tie the pieces.
Another way to get the strips the same size, easily, is to take a piece of cardboard and wrap the denim strips around it. Then you cut down one side and then down the other side and that creates the strips all the same size.
Can I Use Other Things to Decorate The Front of This Wreath?
Yes! You can use anything you like to decorate the front of this wreath. Buttons, scraps of fabric, ribbon, or even a fun brooch would look great. I love the idea of using ribbon and lace to make little bows, but you can do anything you want.
Another idea to decorate the rag wreath is to use additional strips of denim to create a bow. Or you could use any ribbon with a wire edge to create a bow.
I love denim and lace together, so I often use both to decorate my wreaths. A simple way to add lace to the rag wreath is to create strips of the lace and add them around the wreath in different places. Another idea is to create rosettes or other designs with flowers. Glue or tie strips of lace around the wreath.
Is This Safe to Hang on the Front Door?
Yes, this wreath is safe to hang on the front door. Denim is a natural fabric, and it won’t hold moisture as other materials can. This means that it won’t easily get mildewy or moldy as other materials can.
I would still recommend that you take it down if there is a severe storm or if you know it will be exposed to a lot of moisture. But otherwise, it’s perfectly safe to hang on the front door.
- Old blue jeans
- 2" Burlap lace ribbon
- 2" white lace ribbon
- Mini pink silk roses
- 12" Styrofoam wreath form
- ⅛" dowel rod
- White thread
- Sewing needle
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue stick
How to Make a Denim Rag Wreath
Begin by cutting the hem off the leg of a pair of old blue jeans. Set this aside.
Then, cut the strips of denim out. You will need enough to cover the front of the wreath form and around the edges. This would be anywhere from 50 to 100 strips, depending upon the size you choose to make. Start with 50 and make more if needed.
Cut the strips 1" wide by 6" long. This is made easier when you use a cutting mat and rotary blade but can be done with scissors.
Now, begin covering the wreath form with the denim pieces you cut. First, fold them in half and add a dab of glue to the outside fold.
Then, use the dowel rod, or something similar, to push the denim into the wreath form.
Repeat this process, continuing to push the denim pieces into the form until the front and bottom/top edges are covered. You don't have to cover the back side if you are hanging against a wall or door.
Once the wreath is completely covered, make the bows go on the side of the wreath. I started by sewing lace ribbon into a circle with a needle and thread. Sew it securely in the center to hold it into shape.
Repeat this process with the burlap ribbon until you have 2 to 3 bows in various sizes.
To the middle of each bow add a few of the mini fabric roses.
Now, glue those bows to the side of the wreath or as desired.
Add a bit of ribbon on the top to hang or hook over a traditional metal door hanger if you have one in place.
More Easy Wreaths
If you want to add wreaths to your home decor, below are some great ideas that look beautiful. Upcycling items already on hand is one of my favorite things to do, and this list has something for every occasion and decor style. Make sure that you bookmark these ideas, print out the tutorials, or pin them to Pinterest to make soon.
- Rustic Burlap Wrapped Owl Wreath Decoration
- How to Make a Stunning Floral Wreath
- Gorgeous Fall Floral Pinecone Wreath Decor
- 25 Gorgeous DIY Summer Wreaths
- How to Make an Elegant Nautical Summer Wreath
- 42 Decorative Farmhouse Wreaths for All Occasions
- Cut the hem off the bottom of a pair of jeans.
- Then, cut strips of denim, every 1", cutting the seams off both sides and making them the width of the jeans, until both legs are cut into strips. You may need more or less depending upon the size of the wreath form. You can use different shades of denim for more variety.
- Begin covering the wreath form with the denim pieces. Fold them in half, add a bit of glue to the fold on the outside, then use the dowel rod to push the denim into the wreath form.
- Continue this process of gluing the pieces into place until the entire wreath form is completely covered.
- Once the wreath is covered, make the bows for the side. Use the needle and thread, to sew the lace ribbon into a circle tying the middle together securely.
- Repeat this process with the burlap ribbon, creating 2 to 3 bows as desired.
- Once you've made these round bows, add a few of the mini roses to the center.
- Glue the bows onto the side of the wreath in one corner.
Decorate the bows with beads or smaller real bows if desired for different seasons.
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Finished Project Gallery
Add different colored accent bows for different seasons.
This is perfect for inside and out as the denim is durable in any weather conditions!