Quick and Easy Denim Crafts Ideas for Teens

Crafts Teens Can Make in Under an Hour

With a little creativity, your teen can turn a pair of old jeans into a new item. Whether your teen is looking for a project to keep her occupied, or you're on the search for something you can do together, consider turning an old pair of jeans into something new. 

Denim Pocket Message Center

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Denise D. Witmer

You can use these sacks for just about anything from carrying your basketball court sneakers to making one for a pair of sunglasses. You can stamp or iron-on any type of school or club logo or make a some to share with friends.

Your teen will need:

  • One pair of blue jeans to be recycled; Front of one leg minus the seams
  • Silk cording; length = 8 times the width of the pant leg
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors


  1. Even out the denim material so that it is a straight rectangle. Then put a 5/8ths-inch hem down the two long sides.
  2. Pin the short sides down about an inch. Stitch.
  3. Fold the material in half. Pin and stitch the two sides together only up to the stitching of your hem across the top.
  4. Knot the silk cording to a paperclip or safety pin and push through the loop at the top of the sack.
  5. Push the silk cording around the other side of the sack and then go all the way around a second time. When the cord comes out the same side it started after going around two times, knot the ends. You should be able to pull a loop on both sides of the sack. Be sure to do this before you trim your silk cording.

Jeans Pencil Holder Craft for Teen School Lockers

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Denise D. Witmer

The pocket of an old pair of jeans (or denim shorts) can easily become a great place to store pencils and other school supplies. The magnets on the back make it easy to hang in any locker and it'll help your teen stay a little more organized this year.

Your teen will need:

  • Recycled jeans; cut out front pocket
  • 2 magnet strips
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • School supplies


Most front pockets of jeans are made of cotton and have a loose flap. This should be glued down to the back of the denim to add support to the pencils and pens that will be placed in the pocket. Put down a line of hot glue on the denim and press the flap of the pocket to it.

Using hot glue, secure the cut edges of the blue jeans. There is no need to turn the edge of the top of the jeans.

Hot glue two strips of magnets to the back of the pencil holder; one at the top and one at the bottom.

Put the pencil holder on the inside of the locker door and place supplies inside. Now when your teen opens her locker, her supplies will be readily available. 

Updated by Amy Morin, LCSW.

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