I just re-organized kid rooms yet again. I found a bag of Goldfish stuffed in Georgia’s bottom drawer, so now her once-clean sheets smell like cheese crackers. And not in a good way.

But after pulling out four pairs of boys jeans with holes in the knees, I was convinced that a repurposing project was in my future. After all, July 4th is just days away.

My mother-in-law, creative and smart woman that she is, used old jean pockets as utensil holders for the western-themed rehearsal dinner she hosted for us years ago. She considered making napkins, but quickly realized that wiping my face with Uncle Ed’s old dungarees could be – um – uncomfortable. And she was right.

Judy Blackford first gave me this fabulous idea - this would be great for a July 4 table.

A July 4th version of Judy Blackford’s innovative idea.

I was sure I could go to my most trustworthy confidant, Pinterest, to find a DIY denim bunting. I was wrong.

If you’ve never searched “repurposing denim” on Pinterest, boy are you in for a TREAT. Allow me to share my favorites:

Why denim? Why dachshunds? Why now?

Why denim? Why dachshunds? Why now?

 

 

I feel sorry for this girl. And for the pants. And for myself. And now for you.

I feel sorry for this girl. And for the pants. And for myself. And now for you.

 

 

Wait. What?

There are no words. No words.

 

Needless to say, I was a wee bit disappointed. But I refused to give up.

I did find some almost-ideas for a denim July 4th bunting. With some paint, some imagination, and some sharp scissors, this could be a relatively quick and easy project. Here’s how to do it:

Materials:

  • Old denim
  • Jute or other twine
  • Felt (or paint or marker if you are super lazy and a non-crafter such as myself)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Make a triangle template out of sturdy cardboard (cereal boxes work well).

Cut identical triangles out of the denim, being sure to make them substantial (think 10″ across the top).

Pick a phrase like Happy Fourth Of July or God Bless America or I Love Chardonnay and cut that many flags.

Jeans-Party-Banner-1

If you are doing several words, cut out extra flags for the spaces.

Print out letters from your computer and then trace them on your felt.

Pretend the burlap is denim for this project - and thank you Tori Spelling for the photo.

Pretend the burlap is denim for this project – and thank you Tori Spelling for the photo.

Or freehand the letters onto your denim with a Sharpie (God love you Sharpie creator, wherever you are) or paint.

Either hot glue the felt letters onto the denim flags or sit back and admire your freehand work:

Tori hand-stiched hers. But Tori loves crafts. And Tori has four nannies.

Tori hand-stiched hers. But Tori loves crafts. And Tori has four nannies.

Finally, flip your finished flags over, add a piece of twine (ribbon or rope would work too) to the top backside of the flags, leaving a little extra at the top; glue the fabric together.

Flip. Fold. Glue. Repeat.

Flip. Fold. Glue. Repeat.

In the end, you could have something like this (with words on it hopefully because this one feels a bit empty):

Guess she doesn't love chardonnay?

Guess she doesn’t love chardonnay?

Or this:

Easy to do a version of this with some paint stamps. I use wine corks dipped in paint to make polka dots. I use the wine to make me a better person.

Easy to do a version of this with some paint stamps. I use wine corks dipped in paint to make polka dots. I use the wine to make me a better person.

Or even this:

From the size of the pocket, the guy who wore the "S" jeans knows how to work a buffet.

From the size of the pocket, the guy who wore the “S” jeans knows how to work a buffet.

Whatever you do, July 4th is the holiday of the summer. Enjoy.