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DIY Dorm Décor - Decorative Uses for Old Jeans

Updated on October 26, 2015

Most college students don't have much money in their wallet but tend to have a lot of jeans in their wardrobe. Are you one of those denim lovers? If so, you might want to recycle some of your unwanted old jeans and use them to decorate your dorm room for cheap, cheap, cheap! Decorating with denim might be considered a little funky, yet it could also be very sassy and cute. Plus, it allows you to exercise your creativity with no boundaries. Why be boring and non-descript, right? The following are some DIY dorm décor projects you can do on a dime. They only require a little time, some basic artistic skills and of course proper tools. Once you complete all these projects, feel free to proudly pronounce yourself a "denim freak."

DIY No-Sew Pillow Cases

Do you have old denim skirts that you don't want to wear or can't fit into anymore? If you do, don't throw them away. You can use them to dress up your accent pillows. This DIY dorm décor project requires NO sewing at all. Recycling an old jean skirt into a pillowcase is really a piece of cake.

Tools: glue-on snap buttons

Instructions: Choose an old denim skirt, not too big or too small for your accent pillow. Attach a few glue-on snap buttons to the inside of the hem. Then do the same on the top seam (waist). This will let you be able to close the pillow case and conveniently remove it whenever it needs to be washed.


DIY Denim Seat Cover

Whether your jeans are colored or acid wash, it doesn't matter. They should all be durable and stylish enough as your "new" seat covers. Plus, if your chair has a stubborn stain or ugly gash on it, this is a great way to cover it up.

Tools: screwdriver, heavy-duty stapler, scissors

Instructions: Disassemble your chair with a screw driver. Cut your old jeans or denim skirt into one big piece, large enough to cover the seat. Neatly staple the edges of the fabric to the bottom of the seat. If you chair is made of metal, use super glue to attach the fabric. Make sure there're no bumps or wrinkles. And finally, reassemble your chair.


DIY Wall Pocket Organizer

If you want to keep your dorm room tidy, a wall organizer might be helpful. Don't dump all your pens, highlighters, lipsticks and mascaras on your desk or nightstand. Keeping your little stuff in a wall organizer not only will make your humble abode appear neater but will also save your time spent trying to look for things!

Tools: scissors, sewing needle or sewing machine

Instructions: Carefully remove the back pockets of your jeans with scissors. Cut off one of the jeans' legs. Sew the edges together at both ends, and decorate with buttons or beads if you like. Sew two or three pockets on it. To make a hanging strap, cut off a thin strip from the other part of the jeans and sew it on the top edge of your wall organizer. Then just let your creativity run wild and be playful with the decorations! What a fun way to recycle your jeans, right?

DIY Denim Picture Frames

Looking for creative photo frame ideas? Here's one: use the denim fabric from your old jeans to your advantage. A small collection of matching denim frames could make your dorm room look very stylish. If you love denim and artsy stuff, you certainly will enjoy this DIY decoration project.

Tools: scissors, super glue or fabric glue gun

Instructions: Choose a picture frame with a relatively flat surface. Neatly glue the denim fabric from your jeans on it. A glue gun might come in handy for this purpose but isn't necessary. There're plenty of options for decorations, such as buttons, glitter, beads, ribbons, etc. You can even make little decorative denim flowers by cutting the fabric into small circular or oval pieces, layering and glueing them in a way that resembles flower petals, then adding one cute little button in the middle.


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  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @Pamela - Very clever! This way they don't even need to buy pillows. Thanks for sharing this nifty and economical tip, Pamela.

    @DzyMsLizzy - Yep, these ideas will work in a home setting as well. Thanks so much for your kind comment and vote, Ms Lizzy!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @Stephanie Henkel - Ah, yes! Old jeans can be made into sturdy grocery bags as well. Thanks for sharing this smart idea, Stephanie!

    @Just Ask Susan - I'm glad you like these ideas, Susan. Have fun with your jean-recycling project!

    @Millionaire Tips - That's another great use for old jeans! A denim rag rug is both useful and cute.

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Great ideas, each and every one! Although my college days are over, as probably also those of my kids (now adults with their own families), these ideas need not be limited to the college dorm set. They would be equally useful in a teen's room, or a casual family room as well.

    Voted up across the board.

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    Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

    I love to reused old jeans and use them for many things.

    Another idea is to cut up old t-shirts to use for stuffing your denim pillow. Most college kids have plenty of old shirts and sometimes they get holes or stains. They are pretty soft so they make good pillow filling.

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    These are all such great ideas. I have been making a rag rug with the legs of denim jeans, and needed some ideas to use up the rest of the jeans. Thanks!

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I like all of these ideas, and since I have tons of old jeans hanging around I think I make use of them now. Thanks for writing this.

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    Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

    Great ideas for dorm décor. The denim pillows would be cute in a playroom or family room, too. I was recently thinking that recycled jeans could be easily made into tote bags for grocery shopping. They'd be a lot sturdier than the bags we purchase at the stores, and look cool, too. Your hub gave me inspiration! Thanks! Voted up and sharing.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Hi, KoffeeKlatch. Glad you like the denim pillow idea. I think your daughter (or daughter-in-law) will love it. :)

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Om, you have some really creative ideas. I have a pair of infant jeans that all three of my grandchild have worn. I think I'll make a pillow for their mother. Thanks for sharing.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Yeah, that sounds pretty easy. Thanks so much for sharing these little tips, Carrie. :)

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    Carrie Hollister 6 years ago from Ohio

    Oh my goodness! I love these ideas! The pillows could also be done with an old pair of jeans that you just can't toss out!

    The stitch witchery is great for that. You can just fold in the seams and place the stitch witchery in the bottom seam and iron! I would still glue on the snaps at the top for easy washing!

    Love your hub! Voted up!

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    @jetta - Glad you like that idea. I think it could make a simple chair look really cool. :)

    @Eiddwen - Oh thanks for passing along my dorm décor ideas. Hope your daughter-in-law will like them too. :)

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    A great hub and one which i will try and use. I have so many jeans that I don't wear anymore, plus I'll pass it on to my daughters/in law.

    Thanks for sharing,


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    jetta17 6 years ago

    I actually really like your idea for using denim as seat covers. Great hub, thanks for sharing

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Thanks! =D

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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Great ideas about recycling old jeans and giving them a new purpose!

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Thanks a lot, alocsin. :)

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    alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

    This is so creative with old jeans. Voting this Up and Useful.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Yes, good idea. Instead of losing a pair of jeans, you can have a new pillow case. hehehe

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    Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

    Oh, how creative! I was just about to give an old pair of jeans to Goodwill... but perhaps I'll repurpose them as a pillow instead!

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Thanks, Angeline! =D

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Neat ideas, not to mention that I love everything denim. Rated up.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Thank you! :)

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    lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

    great ideas. Loved this.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Cool! Have fun with it. :)

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    Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

    Great ideas! My favorite is the wall pocket organizer. I'm going to make one for my office. Thanks!

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Hi, Cardisa, RTalloni and Pam! So glad to see you all. Thanks for the support. =D

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Great ideas. I think many of the college students would really like this denim décor.

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Cute, cute, cute, and smart ideas! Denim, as they say, "rules."

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    Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

    Very handy hub Om.

    I like the denim idea, too bad I'm not in college, but I figure it could work at home too.