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Recycle your old T-shirts with these 4 creative projects

From key chains to wall hangings, these creative home decor projects are a fun and easy way for you to upcycle your T-shirts

1. Tea light holder

Give a simple glass votive a boho look by making a decorative plaited wrap for it.

  • Take 3 x 2m lengths of T-shirt yarn and knot together at 1 end.
  • Plait the yarn and knot at other end. Fold plait in half and place votive inside loop.
  • Wind ends around votive, going in opposite directions.
  • Thread bottom end underneath the coils, going from bottom to top.
  • Repeat with top end, going from top to bottom.
  • Tie ends together as per picture.
  • Pop in a candle and enjoy.

2. Wall hanging

Store-bought wall hangings can be pricey so why not try making your own?

  • Take a 55cm length of 12mm-diameter dowel.
  • Cut T-shirt yarn in varying lengths from 80cm to 140cm.
  • You will need 6 pieces of yarn of each length.
  • Group each length and fold in half.
  • Hold the looped end in front of the dowel then grasp loose ends and pull through loop to enclose dowel.
  • Hang yarn in ascending or descending lengths, or mix them up a little.
  • You could use yarn in a single colour or a mix of colours like we have done.
  • To create a hanger, tie a 130cm piece of yarn to each end of the dowel, then hang on the wall.

3. Coaster

  • Take 9 x 1m lengths of T-shirt yarn.
  • Group into 3 sets and tie them all together in a knot at 1 end.
  • Plait the 3 sets together.
  • Coil plait around the knot end to create coaster.
  • With a needle and thread, sew the end of the plait under the coaster to secure.

4. Tassel key ring

  • This can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.
  • Simply cut 12 x 30cm lengths of T-shirt yarn and fold in half.
  • Attach a key ring clip at the end of the loop.
  • Take a small piece of T-shirt and tie it underneath the loop to create a tassel.
  • Knot it tightly and cut off any excess.
  • Add keys and it’s good to go.

Words by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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