Recycled T Shirt Necklace

Style

I’ve been looking for a statement necklace for a while but haven’t been able to find one I like in my price range. I saw some tutorials on repurposing old T shirts for wearable accessories so I thought I’d give it a try. I used stained tees and 99 cent bin finds to create this unique piece. It’s simple to make, very customizable and requires no sewing! I love that this necklace can be easily modified to fit any style or skill level.

 

What you need:

  • T shirt(s) – One or more depending on how many colours you want to use.
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Step 1 – Cut T shirt(s) into 1 inch strips starting at the bottom seam. The number of strips you need will depend on what you want you necklace to look like. I used 7strips (3 white, 2 black and 2 yellow) to complete the necklace in the photos shown.

Step 2 – Once cut you’ll end up with loops of fabric. Stretch these loops as much as possible without tearing. This will curl the fabric and give you a string-like look.

Step 3 – Take 3 loops of one colour (white) and tie the ends together with a fourth loop (yellow). Tie the yellow loop around so that there is a long tail. You will use this to cover the seam and finish off the necklace.

Step 4 – Take 3 more loops of a different colour (2 black and 1 yellow) and make them into a braid.

Step 5 – Tie the ends of the braid to the first cluster of loops to make one cluster of loops.

Step 6 – Using the yellow “tail” that is hanging out, wrap the loose ends of the necklace. When covered, tuck the end of the tail under itself to finish.

Note:

For a more basic piece you can stop at Step 2. You could also simply create a braid and tie the ends together. There are many colour and style modifications that can be made if you choose to use this as inspiration and do your own thing. Enjoy!

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SUGAR SCRUB TWO WAYS

Beauty

I started experimenting making my own beauty products about a year ago. I love being able to customize recipes to my own purposes and experiment with scents and ingredients. These basic sugar scrubs are super easy to make. They’re great for exfoliating and moisturizing. The best part is they are all natural and you know exactly what you are putting on your skin!

 

Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I used golden)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

Coffee Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

Step 1 – Mix all ingredients in a bowl. I mixed the dry and wet ingredients separately before mixing all together but this isn’t necessary.

Step 2 – Store in a closed container such as a mason jar. I purchased cheap plastic containers at the dollar store. They are good to keep in the shower since they are not breakable. Enjoy!

 

 

 

NO SEW RECYCLED TEE SHIRT PATCHES

Style

When attempting to downsize my closet, I came across a few ill fitting tees that I never wear. The problem is, I love the print! Rather than donate them and never see these prints again I decided to find a way to turn them into patches so I can appreciate the graphic on a better fitting article of clothing. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to turn your neglected tees into super rad patches that you can put on a jacket, back pack or just about anything that you want, as long as you can lay it flat and iron it.

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What you will need:

  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Old towel (might get a bit sticky so don’t use a good one)
  • Heat n Bond “Ultrahold” iron-on adhesive
  • Graphic Tee shirt or other fabric with patch graphic
  • Another piece of fabric or article of clothing to adhere your patch to once finished

Instructions:

Step 1 – Cut the graphic out of your tee. Be sure to make it a bit larger than you want your patch to be. You will be able to cut it to the exact size later.

Step 2 – Following the directions on the Heat n Bond package, layer your towel, then tee shirt, then Heat n Bond on a flat surface. The tee shirt should be facing down and the sticky side of the Heat n Bond will be touching the back of it.

Step 3 – Iron the Adhesive paper to attach it to your Tee shirt. You will need to press and hold the iron and move around the image so the entire surface has an even amount of heat applied.

Step 4 – Cut your patch with sharp scissors to the exact size you want your patch to be.

Step 5 – Peel the paper from the back of your patch, position onto your article of clothing and iron again to adhere.

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DIY Wood Box Planter

DIY

This year I am fortunate enough to live in an apartment with an outdoor space. I have been wanting to try my hand at gardening for a while so I bought some small pots and seeds and planted away. While my herbs are thriving, I became aware that I had overcrowded my hot pepper and tomato plants. This project is the solution to my problem. I was able to save money by constructing this planter myself with cheap lumber and “L” brackets purchased from my local hardware store. I even added some extra flair with some left over spray paint I had from another project.

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What you will need:

  • 4 pieces of rough pine cut to the size you wish your planter to be (I started with two 4′ boards and two measuring 2′ 4″)
  • 6 pieces of 2″ x 2″ board slightly longer than the width of your planter (Mine were 2″ longer)
  • 8 small “L” brackets
  • 1 Tarp (I got mine at the dollar store)
  • hammer
  • screwdriver
  • screws (or whatever you need to suit your choice of wood/”L” brackets)
  • fencing staples or staple gun
  • box cutter or other knife
  • paints etc. for decorating (optional)
  • potting soil
  • plants/seeds

Instructions:

Step 1 – Arrange your lumber to form a rectangle and using a start screwing on those “L” brackets! Fix one along the top and bottom of each corner of your planter.

Step 2 – Using a hammer and staples attach the tarp to the inside edges of the box. I started by attached staples to one side of the box then stretching across to the opposite side and attaching there to create as flat a surface as possible on the bottom of the tarp. Next I stapled the other two side (use any gift wrapping skills you may have to pull taut and fold neatly. Trim excess tarp if necessary.

Step 3 – Cut slits in tarp to allow for drainage of soil.

Step 4 – Before filling with dirt take your 2″ x 2″ boards and place evenly spaced below your planter. These could be screwed or hammered in but I just left loose. If you leave loose make sure you have your planter where you want it to be when assembling.

* note: this step is important if you are putting your planter on a wood surface or one that could get damaged if damp for prolonged periods. It is not necessary if building on grass, soil etc.

Step 5 – Fill your new planter with soil and plants and/or seed. Enjoy!

Optional – Decorating! You can do this at any point. Depending on what you have in mind it might be easier before you fix everything together but I added my spray paint between stages 1 and 2.

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