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Recycle Old Jeans into a Patchwork Jean Bowl

Are you tired of seeing your old jeans lying around, taking up space in your closet? Why not give them a new lease on life by turning them into a one-of-a-kind patchwork jean bowl? This creative and eco-friendly DIY project will not only help you declutter but also add a touch of style to your home decor. This DIY project is not only a fun way to repurpose your old jeans but also a great conversation starter for guests who visit your home. So, grab those old jeans and let your creativity shine!

How to make a recycled jean bowl

Supplies needed:

  • Old pair of jeans
  • Mod Podge and foam brush
  • A bowl to use as a shape

Start by ripping strips of denim about 4 to 5 inches long and a couple of inches wide. Being precise isn't necessary so there's no need to measure. But you do want to rip instead of cutting to get the frayed edge. Once you have a few strips cut, generously brush on Mod Podge and start layering them around the bowl shape.

Turn some pieces inside out to get a color variance and add some strips vertically and some horizontally for the patchwork effect. Keep adding strips until the bowl is well covered. Once the Mod Podge is dry, remove the bowl from the base and it's ready to use.

If the Mod Podge is taking forever to dry or just doesn't seem to be getting hard, stick the bowl in the oven at a low temperature and let it bake for 10-15 minutes.

Another helpful tip: You don't need to worry about the jeans sticking to the bowl base. Once dry, it comes off easily. We tried putting a layer of parchment paper between the bowl used for shaping and the jean strips on our first attempt, and it will be impossible to get the paper off the jeans!

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