It's t-shirt season and that time of year when you sift through last year's summer clothes, separating the keepers from the things you'll never wear again. Here's a project that upcycles old t-shirts before they end up in the donation pile! This necklace style is sure to be a hit with teens and tweens, but children of any age can work on this project with adult assistance.
- An old t-shirt with no side seams
- Hot-glue gun
1. Lay the t-shirt flat on a table. Cut off the bottom hem. Then cut across the shirt just below the armpit to create a rectangle. Set aside the top of the shirt - you'll use it later.
2. Cut the rectangle into 1 inch wide strips. The strips do not have to be perfectly sized, so feel free to eyeball the width instead of using a ruler. You will end up with a series of loops.
3. Stretch each loop as much as you can, trying to make them all about the same length. The more you can stretch it, the longer your necklace will be.
4. From the top half of the shirt you set aside earlier, cut three strips, each approximately 1 inch wide by 6 inches long.
5. Gather all your loops together in one hand. Tie them together with one of the strips you just cut. Lay flat.
6. Go to the opposite end of the loop from the knot you just tied and use a second strip to tie the loops together again at this point. Use scissors to cut the loops approximately 3 inches from this knot.
7. Divide the strands into three sections and braid until the end. (Tip: if you've accidentally made your necklace too long, you can make a shorter braid and cut off the excess strips). Use the last strip you cut earlier to tie off the end of the braid.
8. Hot glue the end of the braid to the loose strands on the other side of the necklace. Don't worry if it looks a little messy - you'll cover it up!
9. Cut two rectangles from the top half of the shirt, each measuring approximately 3 inches by 8 inches. Wrap these rectangles around the parts of the necklace that are tied and glued together, at the two ends of the braid. Secure with glue if needed.
OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.