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28 Crafts You Can Make With Old Clothes

Give your favorite sweater, T-shirt, baby onesie or blue jeans a new lease on life with these imaginative upcycling projects.

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Get Crafty With Your Old Clothes

Our secret method for saving money while crafting is using upcycled materials. More specifically? Upcycled clothes. From worn-in denim and flannel tops to cable-knit sweaters and wool socks, old clothes are fun and free materials to bring your creative projects to life. Read on to get the scoop on our top craft projects you can make using the clothes collecting dust in the back of your closet. First up? Our brilliant blue-jean wreath.

Scavenge your kids’ closets (or your own!) for old, outgrown blue jeans and craft our charming denim rosette door wreath. The familiar blue hue and classic denim fabric make this wreath an inviting focal point for your spring or summer front porch. Let your denim roses shine solo or finish off your wreath with a seasonal ribbon for a pop of contrast. Find our easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and materials list in the link below.

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Cat Hideaway

Treat your feline family member to an in-home retreat with this T-shirt tent project. You’ll need a plastic bin for the base, two bamboo hoops to create the tent structure and an extra-large T-shirt for the canopy. Find an extended materials and tool list — plus our step-by-step instructions — to make your cat tent in the link below.

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Denim Abstract Art

Retire your well-worn blue jeans and add interest to your wall in one fell swoop with the help of our easy, eye-catching abstract art craft using some bleach, fabric scissors, double-sided tape and gallery frames. Click the link below to jot down the full materials list and watch a step-by-step tutorial from the Crafty Lumberjacks to transform your old jeans this weekend.

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Plant Hanger

If your kids can’t get enough T-shirt projects, here’s another idea. Upcycle old tees into this modern bohemian hanging planter. Re-create this sleek design using three household items you already have on hand: a T-shirt shirt sleeve, a crochet potholder and a shampoo bottle. Follow the link below to watch our full video tutorial.

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