Ever wonder what to do with old jeans you no longer wear? This is a great DIY project that uses jean pockets to create an adorable patriotic banner to hang on July 4. The project was inspired by the blog, That’s What Che Said.
- 2 pairs of jeans that have back pockets in similar sizes (without designs)
- Alphabet stencils (I used 3 ½” stencils from a craft store)
- Stencil brush
- Blue paint (fabric or multi-surface paint)
- White paint
- Red paint
- Red, white and blue glitter (optional)
- Red, white and blue rhinestones
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Red, white and/or blue ribbon
- Felt stars in complementary colors (I used precut felt stars with adhesive backing – easy!)
- Red tissue paper (optional)
- Cut out three back pockets just under the pocket seams. Keep the back part of the jeans so they are still functioning pockets.
- Place a “U” stencil on one pocket, “S” stencil on another and “A” on the third pocket. Tape stencils down so they don’t move.
- With stencils in place, paint the letters on to the pockets with red, white and blue paint.
- Optional: While paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter (in coordinating colors) on each letter or after paint has dried, brush with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
- Remove stencils once paint has dried.
- Glue rhinestones on each corner of pocket and bottom tip in coordinating colors.
- Lay out ribbon, pockets and stars and space accordingly (approximate spacing between pockets is 3”). Ribbon ends can be any length you choose.
- Glue ribbon to back side of pocket—do not glue the pocket closed!
- Adhere stars on both sides of each pocket.
- Optional: Place a piece of red tissue paper in each pocket and arrange so it’s sticking out.
You’re ready to decorate for Fourth of July! Hang your decorative banner on a mantle, wall, on the patio or in a doorway.
Diana Buell is a local mom and crafter at heart. To see the original project that inspired her, visit www.thatswhatchesaid.net/JEAN-POCKET-USA-BUNTING.