Recycled T-Shirt Flowers-No Sew

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We like to consider ourselves to be a green or sustainable family.  We are always looking for ways to “eat local”, like going to the farmer’s market or buy products from companies that we believe are committed to sustainability. That’s why our family loves the entire method line of products. method is a company that leads by example when it comes to sustainability, and design.  Their new soap factory in Chicago, is the first LEED-platinum certified manufacturing facility… a big deal to my husband an architect. Method uses responsible ingredient sourcing and one of my favorites… recyclable packaging. Well, when method decided to release their new 4x concentrated laundry detergent, our family was quick to jump at the chance to try it.

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I’ve found method’s biodegradable and hypoallergenic formula works great in cold water so you use less energy for every load, plus I’ve found washing my girls clothes in cold water, prolongs the life of them and keeps the colors bright… especially their favorite tee-shirts and sweatshirts 🙂 Plus I can use it to pre-stain treat my girls pants with difficult to remove stains like grass.

One thing about method is that they have always had cutting edge packaging designs, and this cool new design is no different. I noticed right away that there is no clumsy handle. The sleek, modern look of the bottle is actually their easy-to-use grip, which takes the place of handles. Why should you care? Because, did you know that handles on the bottles make them not fully recyclable? I love the fact that method goes the extra distance with their designs, showing their commitment to not only their product, but sustainability as well.

Speaking of sustainability, one of the things we really try to do in our home is to recycle or upcycle as many things as we can. Fortunately, both my daughters and I are always creating things, so finding a new use for things comes pretty easily. That’s why once something like an old t-shirt is no longer useable or is worn out, we turn it into a cute and fun spring craft. Well, here’s how an old t-shirt became a cute floral bouquet in our home…

Supplies Needed:

  • Old T-Shirts
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Stick
  • Floral Tape
  • 16″ Gauge Aluminum Wire

Step 1:  Cut a piece of t-shirt roughly around 16″ or so.  Taper this first piece so it starts off around 3/4″ in width and increases to about 1 1/2″.

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Step 2:  Taking the scissors, go back and scallop the edges of the t-shirt like above.

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Step 3:  Cut a piece of aluminum wire according to however long you wish the stem to be.  Hot glue the first two scallop pieces together and squish it onto the wire.  Continue to hot glue the bottom edge of the scalloped fabric.  Keep wrapping around the the t-shirt pieces.

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Step 4: You’re flower will begin to look like the above picture.  Repeat the entire process of cutting the strip of fabric, scalloping the edges and hot gluing.  The only thing you need to do differently is cut the fabric piece straight across for any other piece added to the flower.  You don’t need to taper the fabric because you will want bigger petals on the outside of your flower.

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Fold the petals down and shape or adjust the flower as needed.

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Step 5:  Lastly, wrap floral wire around the base of the flower and down the aluminum wire to give it a finished stem like look.

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These spring flowers are fun & cute and can be used for so many things. Who would have thought that an old, worn out t-shirt could become a cute bouquet, be used as attachments to gifts, or even a table centerpiece? I think this is a fun and creative way to sustainably use an old t-shirt.

And don’t forget, if you’re looking for other ways to increase YOUR sustainable lifestyle, head over to the method website and use the coupon code THREEFORME to receive $3 off your method online order. Also, if you’re looking for a new easy-to-clean item of clothing or accessory you may have seen your favorite celebrity wearing, then head over to the ASOS Hub. It’s where method and ASOS have teamed up to share both of their “passions for trend-forward, effortless, modern style”.

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