Monday, September 5, 2011

Drop-Dead Denim Guest: Mich L. in L.A.

Happy Monday!

As you know, September is all about remaking old jeans into new denim loveliness. For today I'd like you to welcome my first guest-poster EVER, a sweet and amazingly creative friend of mine. Let's see what kind of Drop-Dead Denim she's dreamed up... Take it away, Michelle!

Hi there, friends of Michele Made Me! I am SUCH a fan of this gorgeous blog, and extra excited to be here with a denim project! My name is Michelle L. and I write about upcycled jewelry over at Mich L. in L.A.

I don't often try my hand at decor, but here's a quick and funny NO SEW denim project for your home. Do you like any of the following? Faded blue jeans, tomboy style, rustic, farmhouse, shabby chic? Then take a gander at this:

Or this:

Or this:

No-sew blue jean lampshades! Here's the ridiculously easy DIY.

Step one: cut the bottoms off some jean legs.

(I love old work jeans after my husband works them to death - so much character! But yours don't have to be this beat up. Any jeans will do.)

Step two: stuff a mini lampshade inside a jean leg.

Depending on the relative sizes of leg and shade, it may require some tugging and grunting to get the shade all the way in.

Note: if you use boot cut or flared jeans, it will be easier and you will have more of a bell shape.

Step three: spend a moment dorking around with any available pets or children.

(The Sorting Hat put him in Hufflepuff. But he was hoping for Ravenclaw, waaah!)

Step four: trim the jean leg to about an inch above the lampshade.

Step five: secure and embellish with something cute! The quickest: a simple ribbon tie.

You're finished! Jean leg lampshades, for sconces, little table lamps or even a chandelier.

But a ribbon is just a starting point. This is where you play and become giddy. Add stuff! Try stuff! Trims, notions, yarn, pom poms, fringe! As we all know, a comfortable old pair of jeans goes with anything.

How about a cute concho ornament, for a boy's room?

I added crystals to this one, for a girly tomboy's bedside lamp:

So rack your brain and rummage your junk drawers, and add your own personal style to the basic look. It's super duper easy, and a great denim upcycle.

Hope you enjoyed this shabby sweet home decor project. Thanks for having me over for your marvelous month of denim, Michele! So. Much. Fun.

Is home decor supposed to be such a blast? 'Cause jeepers, that was so much fun! What a cute project (and PUPPY!) with so many possibilities, don't you think? Thank you so much Michelle for the play date today. I sure hope you'll come again!

Oh yes, and today I'm Diggin' This Denim: Art by Ludingirra

Now YOU have a great day! Wednesday's post belongs to another dear and supremely talented friend of mine, Amy from During Quiet Time. I'll see you then!


  1. Super nice :)
    Michelle is always awesome, these are really cute..I like the crystals tussles too,with jeans :) nice effort Ladies !!!!

  2. clever idea... how cute are those lamps...

  3. Ooo... this is a fantastic no-sew project!

  4. Michele! I'm on your blog, bwahhahahaha! Just the first step in my plan to...well, I don't have a plan. But I feel on top of the world to have the honor of guesting here. Thank you, my friend!

  5. Another fabulous creation! I'm loving the no-sew idea.

  6. These are very cute!!! Thanks Michelle!!!

  7. Those lamps are so fun. I would never have thought of recovering a lampshade with denim. Amazing.

  8. Thumb up for me for this project, cool cool cool!
    Great game Michele - Hugs Nat

  9. great idea!!!
    I am loving this serie. I would have loved to participate with this:


    or those:

  10. Hi Hele, your projects are awesome! I especially love the monsters! SO cute!

  11. Love the lampshades and no sew part! How simple this is - just scissors and ribbon. As always,Michelle, you make things look so simple to make!!! Love it.

  12. What a cute idea. I love using old pant I have a new way to use them. :)

  13. What a cute idea. Especially love that it's no-sew :) Nice that such a simple project can be customized in a hundred different ways as well.

  14. I have a lamp shade I wanted to change for my granddaughter and you have given me the perfect way to do it! Thank you!

  15. Hi Michele and Michelle, amazing project and love this idea of the denim month, brilliant! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling sunday!

  16. So quick and easy - the best kind of craft!


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