Dorm Room Ideas

How to Make a Recycled T-Shirt Rug

Don't throw away those old T-shirts — they can easily be turned into a one-of-a-kind doormat to decorate the inside of your dorm room.

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Materials Needed:

  • flat doormat
  • 5-8 old T-shirts
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and hot glue

Cut T-Shirt Strips

Starting at the bottom hem, cut T-shirts across into 2-inch strips (Image 2). Then cut the 2-inch strips into 4-5-inch long sections (Images 3, 4).

Tie T-Shirt Knots

Tie a knot into the center of each T-shirt section. Note: Prepare all the knotted pieces before you start gluing.

Add First Row of Knots to Rug

Place a strip of hot glue along one side of the doormat (Image 1). Stick each knot into the glue (Image 2). Continue the strip of glue and add more knotted pieces (Image 3). Glue the knots with 1/4 inch between them (Images 4, 5). Tip: If you're using a variety of colored T-shirts, glue the colors in a random pattern. It'll create a nice multicolored effect on the doormat.

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