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10 Creative Ways to Upcycle Old Clothes

I recently watched a documentary about where your “donated clothes” go and it shook me hard. Try as you might to do the right thing and donate your gently-used clothes to charity, most of them just end up in a landfill. This was upsetting as I’ve dumped tons of clothes in those “donation bins” that may as well just be garbage bags.

So I’m exploring new and creative ways to reuse my clothes, or upcycle them into something else. From DIY home decor to new trendy clothes everyone will love, here are 10 clever and fun ways to upcycle your old clothes.

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10 Creative Ways to Upcycle Old Clothes

Embroider a fun design on an old tee shirt with this Embroidered Tee Shirt DIY.

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Have some left-over tee’s or fabric scraps? Create your own Fabric Twine, great for other crafting needs!

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Turn your favorite tee shirts into cute tote bags, perfect for grocery shopping!

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Some of dad’s old shirts can be transformed into sachets or coin bags.

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Combine two tee shirts to create this fun Reverse Applique Tee.

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Looking for something quick and easy? This DIY No-Sew Tassle Tee is a fun way to jazz up your wardrobe.

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Old jeans can be upcycled into a fun denim rug.

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Ripped or old clothes can be cut up and reshaped into a striking geometric pillow.

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Liven up a tired old button-down shirt by turning buttons into little ice cream cones!

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All this sweater needs is a little splash of pom-pom!

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You Are Your Best Thing Key Chain

Sometimes we all need a little reminder that we’re our own best thing.

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When I first read this quote in Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved, I think I cried a little happy tear. It’s so easy for us to lose focus and find fault in ourselves, especially when times are tough or you’re going through a rough patch in your life…but we all need to remember and rejoice in our own beauty, knowing that we all are our own best thing!

You Are Your Best Thing Key Chain

Materials:

  • Clay in color of your choice
  • Glitter in color(s) of your choice
  • Small letter stamps
  • Common clay tools (roller, needle or pin)
  • Mod Podge glue or spray sealer

Directions:

Shape clay in color of your choice into large oval. Use the roller or a round ball tool to remove any fingerprints.

Using the small letter stamps, stamp your message. For mine, I wrote my message bottom to top, back to front…so I was stamping my message backwards, essentially. This allowed me to line up the end of the word with the edge of the oval.

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Bake your clay charm as directed.

Once totally cool, either dip other side of key chain in Mod Podge or use brush to apply glue. Add glitter. Let dry. Add another coat or two on entire clay piece to seal.

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This glitter comes from a set. Colors from left to right are: MARTHA STEWART Limeade, Sour Apple, Wintermint, Blueberry Slush and Sugar Plum.

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Show off your new key chain!

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I also made this square key chain using the same method, then covered the whole back with the leftover glitter.

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“Constant Vigilance!” Bracelet

It’s no secret that Hogwarts can’t hold on to one damn Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Every year it’s a new crazy loon hired to offer life lessons about how to fight off the evils of dark magic.

While each teacher had their moments, I think it was Alastor Moody – the Auror turned professor in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – who had some of the best advice for young wizards: “CONSTANT VIGILANCE.”

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As a matter of fact, I feel like this is helpful advice even us Muggles could use. It never hurts to be on the lookout and this little clay bracelet is a great reminder to always keep one eye open!

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As an added dedication to one of my favorite Hogwarts professors, I also added a little clay eyeball, reminiscent of Moody’s “mad eye” to embellish this bracelet. This is a super easy project to make for anyone new to clay crafting and can be made in any color you’d like.

Constant Vigilance Bracelet

Materials:

  • Clay in color of your choice (for bracelet)
  • Gold, white, blue and black clay (for eye charm)
  • Basic clay tools (knife, roller, pin, small round cutter)
  • Small letter stamps
  • 3-5 jump rings
  • Chain or string for bracelet
  • Basic jewelry tools (pliers, etc.)

Instructions:

To make eye charm, roll out gold clay to about 1/8 in. thickness. Cut small circle using cutter or knife.

Roll ball of white clay, measuring about the same size as the inside of the gold circle. Using a knife, cut a flat side on the ball. Attach to gold circle.

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Using finger, gently flatten dome part of eye.

Create iris with blue and black clay. Attach to white dome. Using needle or pin, poke small hole in top of gold circle to attach jump ring later. Set aside.

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For bracelet, roll out clay in color of your choice to about ¼ in. thickness. Using small letter stamps, stamp message in clay. Use a ball tool to gently remove any intents, if necessary. Using pin, poke two holes in bracelet, one on each side to attach chain or string. Gently form around wrist.

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Bake clay charm and message band according to clay package directions. Let cool completely.

*If you want to make the letters stand out, you can use paint or ink to help highlight the letters.

If desired, you can seal your charm and message band with Mod Podge or sealing spray.

For the band, I used an assortment of embroidery string. I just threaded it through each hole and braided it. Easy, peasy!

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I added my clay charm to the right side of my bracelet, but you can add it wherever you like.

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Enjoy your new bracelet!

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12 Garlands for the Whole Year

Be ready for every holiday and season with these 12 Garlands for the Whole Year. From New Year’s Day decor to garlands you can have up from fall through the winter, these seasonal decorations are great for beginning crafters and decorators!

12 Garlands for the Whole Year

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January

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August
This garland is made of pool noodles! What a fun idea! Dress up your pool party with this fun, waterproof decoration!

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September
Dried apples make a festive garland you could use all the way through the fall and winter. Use it on your Thanksgiving table, too for a festive touch.

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October

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November

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December
This one doesn’t have a tutorial, but it’s pretty easy to figure out! Some fake snow, some little fake trees, and a garland of plastic lights and you’re set to go!

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9 Super Easy Ways to Dress Up Your Office (or Work Space)

If you’re like most Americans, most of your waking hours are spent at work – sitting in front of a computer, your home nothing but a little cube in a sea of cubes, your only sense of relief being those 10 minutes you take to check up on Buzzfeed or watch the trailer to some movie your co-worker is talking about.

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Though work can be a total drain on our state of mind, there are little things you can do to make your office (or work space) just a little happier!

- Please knock, this is an office. - It says workspace.

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9 Super Easy Ways to Dress Up Your Office (or Work Space)

Turn plastic toys into fashionable bookends. This is a great way to use up toys your kids don’t play with anymore or a fun garage sale find you just couldn’t pass up.

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Use embroidery floss to give a simple storage basket a cute embroidery design. This post has a helpful tutorial on how to create your design using a template.

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Turn basic binder clips into cute office accessories with this easy tutorial that requires only a handful of supplies.

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Create a to-do list for the week with these fun clothespins and matching folders. This is an earth-friendly way to keep all your tasks organized and looking pretty!

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Transform thumbtacks into colorful decor with a little paint! This project is easy and fun and a simple way to bring a pop of color into your work space.

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A simple paint job turns these planters into cute cacti cups, great for storing pens, pencils, and other office nick knacks.

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Keep track of your phone with this modest clay phone stand.

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A cork board transforms into a reusable to-do list with some washi tape and thumb tacks.

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No room on your desk for a full calendar? Keep track of the date with this cute block calendar, which takes up a mere few inches.

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Crocheted Grinch Doll

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store…maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

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Yes, I know it’s July…but YOU GUYS – that only means 6 more months until CHRISTMAS!!

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Don’t worry, I promise I’m not THAT excited…but I am excited to share with you this little crocheted Grinch doll that’s just waiting to liven up your holiday décor!

With a heart that’s 3x the size it should be and a little removable Santa hat to add some holiday cheer, this crocheted Grinch doll makes a splendiferous holiday gift for anyone on your list, Who’s and Grinches alike! Make one for yourself following this Crocheted Grinch Pattern* or buy this one fully made and ready to go at my Etsy shop (coming soon!)!

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*This pattern does NOT include the crocheted Santa hat, which I made on a whim or the crocheted heart, which can be found here. The original Grinch pattern also includes facial features, which I decided not to include on this doll.

Grinch Pattern: http://yarnwars.com/free-patterns-created-yarnwars/free-mr-grinch-inspired-doll-crochet-pattern/

Heart Pattern: http://www.dailycrochet.com/super-quick-and-easy-crochet-heart-amigurumi-pattern/ (Large heart made)

Or just buy this one on Etsy, COMING SOON! Stay tuned! 🙂

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Crocheted Apple Amigurumi

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

I love this quote from The Painted Drum, by Louise Erdrich. Beautiful and sad, this passage is a subtle reminder of the importance of being thankful for simple pleasures and accepting those things we can’t change.

I, for one, almost always need a reminder to take a moment and be thankful…and this little crocheted apple buddy is just the reflection I need to slow down and breathe.

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The pattern for this crocheted apple can be found at GateandO Crochet. There are also super helpful images to help you complete your apples. You will need to translate the page into English, so some of the steps are slightly confusing, but I found it understandable, especially with the photos.

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I’ve made these in a handful of colors and I love having them on display to remind me to “taste the sweetness” as often as possible. They’re also great for decorating your home come fall!

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