DIY: Upcycle Your Old Tees!

posted by LizDBH • 2 years ago

Clothes, old shirts.. If you’re anything like me, you have a huge stack of old T-shirts in that dark place in the back of your closet that hasn’t seen the light of day in years. It’s unfortunate for a T-shirt to go unused, but luckily it doesn’t have to! There are many creative ways to upcycle old, worn out, or just way too small T-shirts! One T-shirt can make dozens of bracelets, headbands and clever non-slip hangers for those silky or thin-strapped tank tops and tees. So get out that stack of old T-shirts and let’s make something new out of something old.

What You Will Need
  • Old T-shirts
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Beads
  • An old chain/necklace
  • Hanger
  • Glue gun or super glue(Super glue gun Is OK)

For each of these DIY projects you will need to cut your T-shirts into long strips, thick or thin. Feel free to to use multiple shirts of various colors to make fun multi-colored bracelets and hangers! Get as wild and creative as you want. There’s no need for perfection with these projects, they’re very easy and will look good no matter what!

Simple Braid Bracelet

Cut out three different T-shirt strands, or mix it up and pair two strands with an old necklace chain or string of beads; a leather strip would look awesome too! Lay out the three strands in front of you on a flat surface, and tape the far ends down so that it will be easier to braid. Begin braiding the three strands together, occasionally checking to see if the length is about right to fit your wrist comfortably – not too tight! If you don’t know how to make a braid, check out this simple YouTube tutorial!

When you’ve finished braiding your three strands and you’ve decided that the length is a good fit for your wrist, if you have loose strands on either end of your bracelet you can tie them together. If not, you can glue the ends together; this is what I did with my bracelet. For another fun project, you can use the same braiding technique with longer T-shirt strands to make a cute, unique T-shirt headband!

Simple Knot Beaded Bracelet

To make this simple beaded knot bracelet, you will only need one T-shirt strand. Begin by tying a single knot at the end of your strand and taping it to the surface that you are working on. Slide a bead onto the strand and then simply begin tying the strand into knots! Tye as many knots as you like, whatever you think looks good. To add more beads to your bracelet, either slide them on like you did with the first bead, or slide the strand through the bead once, and then once more. Finish the bracelet off by tying or gluing the ends together.

Simple Wrapped Hanger

This project is very helpful if you’ve ever had problems hanging up silky shirts or thin spaghetti strap tank tops onto slick plastic hangers. Those hangers were not made for those kinds of shirts, they just refuse to stay on! Well we can use old T-shirts to fix that problem for good. By wrapping a hanger in strips of T-shirt you will give those silky and stringy shirts something to grip on to. All you will need is a hanger and a few T-shirt strips. Thicker strips are better for this project because they cover more surface.

Begin by tying a knot at the top of the hanger to hold the strands in place as you’re wrapping them around the hanger. Seriously, those things are so slick that fabric won’t sit still if you don’t anchor it!

Once you’ve tied your knot, wrap the strands of T-shirt around the hanger. Around and around, over itself until you’ve completely covered the entire thing! If a strand stops short before you reach the end of the hanger, you can add another piece by just wrapping it over the end of the other – no need for glue! Wrap the strands around the entire hanger, all the way up the hook. At the end of the hook, tie a knot or glue it and you’ve got a one of a kind non-slip hanger, made entirely out of old T-shirts!

There are a lot of ways to revamp and upcycle old T-shirts once you’ve grown out of them or stopped wearing them. You can make headbands, hangers, you can frame them, you can even turn them into earrings or hair clips! Can you think of any other ways to make something new out of old T-shirts?

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