What do you do with old jeans after they’re just too worn out to wear anymore? How about the ones that were great when you first bought them but are now out of style? Shove them in a closet or drawer for years to come? Throw them in the trash? Actually, those are exactly the kinds of things that people do with old denims but you don’t have to follow suit. Instead of doing nothing with them make something new for your home. How beautiful can an old pair of jeans be when serving as home decor? You’ll be surprised!
Making a denim planter is not one of those crafts where you glue a couple of things to do and, presto, it’s completed. However, it isn’t that difficult to make one. You must know how to sew, but even if you’re a beginner, you can finish the simply sewing task. To start the project choose the pair of jeans you want to use. Make small planters from children’s jeans or a larger version from a pair of adult jeans. Really large sizes of jeans aren’t ideal, though.
Some things about the jeans are acceptable. For example, the jeans can be nearly threadbare, can have buttons or a zipper, can be ones that have an elastic waist and can be any color you want. As a matter of fact, the jeans don’t even have to be full-length. They can be capris or even shorts. Pockets can be left on or removed; they can even be jeans which have no pockets at all. After you’ve decided on the jeans you want to use it’s necessary to cut them into shorts – if they aren’t already. If they are already shorts trim away any strings or threads which are hanging off the edges. The length of the shorts should not be long; cut them so that they are only a couple inches longer than the straddle.
You’ll need an extra piece of denim or other fabric to cover the holes of the leg openings. Choose something that’s the color of, or close to the color of, the jeans. You’ll need to cut two circles which are slightly larger than the opening of the legs. There are a couple of different ways to do this. One way is to use a bowl or other round object that you already have at home. The object should have an opening which is a little bit larger than the opening of the leg. Another way is to make a pattern from a piece of cardboard. Draw an image that looks like a four slice pie onto the cardboard. To do so, lay the pant leg on the cardboard and draw across one of the cutoff areas of the leg. Mark the very center of the line. Now turn the jeans at a 90 degree angle and draw another line. Place the point of a protractor where the lines intersect and draw a circle. The circle you create can be a couple of inches or more than what’s actually needed – you can cut off the excess later.
Turn the jeans inside-out and pin the circles of fabric to the legs of the jeans. Slide the circle of fabric into the opening of the leg then position it so the right sides are together. After pinning the cloth stitch around the circle. Trim away any excess fabric of the circle. Do the same to the other leg. Now that the holes of the jeans are covered you can then move on to the next step of the project. Before doing so, make sure any zipper is zipped and any buttons are buttoned.
Melt white paraffin in a double-boiler or a microwave-safe dish. You must melt enough wax so that, when the shorts are immersed, the wax will completely cover them. Place the shorts in the melted wax and stir them around so that they become well-coated with the paraffin. Afterwards, remove the pan from the stove then choose an object with which to lift the pants out of the wax. Tongs, a large fork or even a stick will work. You’ll need other implements to complete the project so go ahead and lay them out before removing the shorts from the wax. Things you can use include a spatula handle, a wooden dowel, a butter knife, or similar items. Lay plastic over your work area, then spread out newspapers. The wax part of the project can be just a little messy.
Lift the jeans out of the paraffin and hold them over the pan until they stop dripping. This part takes some patience; it takes a few minutes for most of the wax to drip off. When the dripping has subsided place the pants on the newspapers. Begin using the utensils you’ve chosen to work the jeans into the position you need. Start by collapsing them in a pile so that the circles you sewed in are on the newspaper. Use tongs or other instruments to lift the jeans and hold the in place as they dry. Again, you’ll need some patience for this step as it takes a few minutes for the wax to become stiff enough so that you can let go of the waistband. As you’re holding the waistband up use another implement to tuck in pockets, if needed. Use other objects to begin shaping the waistband and legs. As the wax dries the shorts will begin to stand on their own.
The finished planter can be used to hold a plant which is already in a pot. Fake or real plants can be used but do not put the dirt directly into the planter. If you have trouble balancing the pot inside the planter simply wad up some plastic bags and place the in the legs of the planter. If you want, you can gently slide in a belt to adorn the jeans. The project is a lot of fun and creates something unique and different for your home.