Tie-Dye T-Shirts Turned Boho Hanging Baskets

Old t-shirts: Everyone has some. Around my house a lot of said old T-shirts are tie-dyed. Not because we love the Grateful Dead, but from years of working in the craft industry.  What to do with all those shirts?  Summer is here and I have garden fever which gave me an idea – planters!  I do love me some plant crafts.  I’m sharing a 3 Tiered T-Shirt Planter over on DIY Network but right here right now I’m going to show you how to make this adorable single scoop!

how to turn an old t-shirt into a planter.

Your T-shirts don’t have to be tie-dye but the more colorful the better.  Oh and some basic crochet skills are needed for this project.  Trust me.  If I can do this, you can.



T-shirt yarn
Hot glue gun
Terra cotta pot
Crochet hook

DIY this With Jennifer Perkins – How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

You can watch this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins to learn all about how to make T-shirt yarn.  Check out my DIY Network tutorial for more detailed instructions.

Once you have your T-shirt yarn made roll that baby into a yarn ball and let’s go.


I’m also not going to explain crochet to you.  You can go anywhere on the internet and learn how.  Crochet your yarn into a LONG strip.  No keep going, longer than that.

Once you have your long strip using glue attach the yarn to the planter.  Begin at the bottom and coil your little heart out.  Determine how low you want your plant to hang and how long you want the strings on the sides of your plant. Keep in mind that jersey stretches, so when you put your plant in the weight will make the pot hang a bit lower.


When you have wrapped almost as much of the pot as your would like start making the hanger.  Take a long strip and fold it in half. Fold it in half again. Tie a knot at the top leaving a loop for hanging.


Glue the 4 ends of the hanger to the sides of your pot.  Continue wrapping/coiling over the 4 hanger pieces a few pieces.

How to make a T-shirt yarn hanging planter.

Insert your plant and hang that bad boy up!  So cute right?  Let’s talk variations.

DIY planter from a T-shirt

Why not give your T-shirt a Cancun cut?  Maybe even add some beads to the fringe?

Triple strand hanging basket from a T-shirt.

If one strand is good, 3 strands are better.  Pop over to DIY Network to see how to make this version.

How to make a hanging basket planter from an old T-shirt by Jennifer Perkins

No t-shirt is safe around these parts!  What do you make with your old shirts?


Want more recycled planter ideas?  Keep reading!

DIY hanging planter made with recycled Mardi Gras beads, pompom fringe and a tassel by Jennifer Perkins

Craft a Boho Hanging Planter That Doubles as a Mardi Gras Bead Up-Cycle – We gotta use those left over Mardi Gras beads somehow right?

Hanging Cookie Tin Planter – One of my favorite episodes of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins was making this hanging basket out of a cookie tin.

How to make an ombre basket.

Ombre Baskets – 3 coats of spray paint is all it takes to revamp this thrift store basket.




34 Responses to “Tie-Dye T-Shirts Turned Boho Hanging Baskets”

    • Jennifer

      Thanks so much! I loved the look of macrame hanging planters so this was my easier version.

    • Jennifer

      Michelle it’s so easy. Well at least the very basic single stitch is. You might try braiding.

    • Jennifer

      Heather braiding would work just as well. Heck you could just wrap and glue the tie dye yarn without doing anything to it.

  1. Theresa

    This is a great way to upcycle some old tees. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Have a great week ahead. Pinned & shared.

  2. Karren Haller

    I really like how the braided hanger turned out, the colors are fun too.
    Thank you for sharing on the #OMHGWW last week!
    Watch for the feature in this coming weeks WW 6-14

    Have a fun day!


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