You’ve probably noticed a trend on this blog… I like to recycle. I use recycled materials in many of my projects, and I always have several old pairs of jeans lying around. Kids grow like weeds, and boys are especially hard on their clothes, so there’s always some worn out denim not worthy of the donation pile. I’ve seen denim beads before, nothing new, but I wanted them to be colorful.
I’m all about color. Color makes for great crafts, especially for kids.
Tween girls will love this project, so if you have one you may just want to give this a whirl. This could be really fun for a girl scout troop too!
I made these beads for Michael’s Craft Stores via DecoArt. Michael’s carries a line of paint called Craft Smart. You’ve probably seen it in the paint aisle. Plenty of colors available and they cost less than most. If you are crafting with kids, this is an ideal paint for creating with them.
After cutting your denim rectangle, iron it out. Then you’ll cut it into strips.
Mix your paint with fabric medium according to the bottle directions. Paint each strip a different color. Paint the back sides too.
Cut the strips into thirds. Wrap the strips around a toothpick, gluing as you go.
You can make bracelets, necklaces, keychains, earrings, and even artwork. Instead of stringing the beads, Glue them onto canvas to create fun designs. Use your imagination and have fun!
Colorful Recycled Denim Beads
Craft Smart paint colors:
- Apple Tart
- Light Orange
- Pale Blue
- Rosy Posy
- Craft Smart fabric medium
- Denim 6"x8"
- Hot glue gun
- Trim denim into a 6" x 8" rectangle, iron if needed, then cut into six 1"x8" strips.
- Mix the fabric medium with the paint according to the directions on the bottle.
- Use paintbrush to coat one strip with Apple Tart. Do the next strip with Light Orange and continue until you have one strip of each color.
- Turn the strips over and paint the other side.
- When dry, cut each strip into thirds. You should end up with 18 thin strips all together. Now cut each of those strips in half. You will have 36 strips measuring approximately 1/3"x4" each.
- Wrap the denim around a toothpick, hot gluing in segments as you go. Glue the end well. Slide off the toothpick and repeat for all the strips.