No-Sew Denim Flower Barrette: Upcycled Blue Jeans

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This is a cute little hairbow I made for my oldest, but first the reason I made it....

Do you know what horror feels like?

It feels like going down a slide with twin toddlers in your lap.


Yup, I’m serious.

Horror feels like going down a slide with twin toddlers in your lap…when you hear…RRRRIIIPPP. And the slide is in a public park…and you walked several blocks to get there.

And no, the holidays weren’t that rough on my waistline. There was a screw at the top of the slide…and my favorite jeans couldn’t handle the extra momentum given by the toddlers. Promise. Thank goodness my husband could lend me a jacket to cover my…assets…as we walked home.

The jeans were unsalvageable. But I couldn’t bear to toss them.

Then I saw this beautiful denim flower necklace that Tea Rose Home shared...and I couldn't wait to make some denim flowers--but I made a denim flower (and I didn't sew a bit). This is super simple and a great use for some old jeans!

This is what you need:
Denim Fabric (no holey jeans? Hit up Goodwill!)
Something to trace to make a circle (I used a jar band)
An Alligator Clip
Glue Gun
Buttons or other accents

Trace 5 circles per flower. One circle will be your base.

Pinch a circle so it ends up being a quarter circle, like this:

Then use that hot glue gun to stick it to the base circle. Do each of the four "petals" this way.

Take whatever you are using for the accent and glue it to the center (we used buttons!)

Then take the alligator clip and glue it to the back of the flower.

Then take a little fashion shoot with one of your favorite models!

This denim flower clip is super cute, a little rustic, and took about 20 minutes to make!!

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TDC Before and After

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  1. Sweet flowers!!! Pinning and sharing:) Stop over. I posted
    to Made in a Day!

  2. Jeans make the best recycle projects. Yours is adorable (and so's your model!) Thanks for linking up at One Creative Weekend! Enjoy your weekend. (Pinning!)

  3. EEk! This is so cute! I have a few pairs of jeans that I have been saving for a project, and now I think I know what my little niece is getting (along with other goodies) for her birthday!

    I would LOVE it if you would share this over at my Friday link-up!

  4. super cute! Pinned this. My 9 yo recently got a pixie cut and will now "allow" me to put these kinds of clips in her hair ;)

  5. Oh those are so cute on your girls!! And a perfect way to help salvage parts of those jeans. I have had my fair share of pant-ripping days.

  6. Love this! If you are looking for more ways to use up the denim, do pop over to my blog - denim is my staple material for my sewing fundraising and there are lots of ideas there!

  7. This is soooo cute! What a wonderful idea for old jeans! Sorry you lost your favorite pair on the slide, that is tragic! Thanks for linking up to One Creative Weekend!

  8. That stinks you lost the jeans but awesome your husband had a jacket you could wear and that you were able to reuse them too! Great idea for hair clips. I have a few pairs of jeans I'm trying to grow out of. Visiting from SITS have a great weekend.
    c @ annuary chit

  9. These are just too cute! Your project was next to mine at Uncommon Designs. :)

  10. Adorable! Would you link this up to our blog hop?? I think our readers would love it!
    xoxo, Jordan.

  11. So lovely!!! Love demin flowers! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Have a fabulous day!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  12. What a great way to salvage those jeans - such a cute model too!

  13. Yay! SO glad you joined the PInterest Challenge this month!

  14. That is so adorable! I always repurpose my son's blue jeans into skirts for my daughters but I throw away so much of the blue jeans. I'll have to remember to save it to make hair bows in the future.

  15. So cute! I host a DIY link party every Monday and would love for you to join!

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  17. Cute flower and an even cuter model! :) I popped over from The CSI Project--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)