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!
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.
Hot glue gun
Terra cotta pot
I’m not going to goto teach you how to make T-shirt yarn, there are a enough tutorials online for that. Check out my DIY Network tutorial for more detailed instructions. I watched a YouTube video that showed me everything I needed to know. It is a matter of folding and strategic cutting.
Once you have your long strip of cut up T-shirt, you tug on the jersey material and it will curl in on itself creating yarn. 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.
Insert your plant and hang that bad boy up! So cute right? Let’s talk variations.
Why not give your T-shirt a Cancun cut? Maybe even add some beads to the fringe?
If one strand is good, 3 strands are better. Pop over to DIY Network to see how to make this version.
No t-shirt is safe around these parts! What do you make with your old shirts?
Want more recycled planter ideas? Keep reading!
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.
Ombre Baskets – 3 coats of spray paint is all it takes to revamp this thrift store basket.