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Make Bracelets from Recycled T-shirts

Make Bracelets from Recycled T-shirts - CraftsbyAmanda.comThese colorful bangles are an easy to make recycled craft and perfect for a teenager or preteen! All you need are inexpensive bangle bracelets and some old t-shirts to make these pretty fashion statements. These would be a great girl scout craft or camp craft as well.

Make Bracelets from Recycled T-shirts - CraftsbyAmanda.comBecause the braided material will make the opening of the bangle smaller, it’s important to get bracelets that are big enough to allow room for your wrist to get through the finished bracelet.

Make Bracelets from Recycled T-shirts - CraftsbyAmanda.comFor example, due to my plus size frame, my wrists are considerably larger than my teenage daughter’s. Therefore, the bracelets fit her great while I was unable to get them on.

Make Bracelets from Recycled T-shirts steps - CraftsbyAmanda.com[Full printable instructions below] Cut t-shirt material into strips, braid them together and wrap them around a metal bangle. Secure with hot glue!

Make Bracelets from Recycled T-shirts

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Make Bracelets from Recycled T-shirts

What you need:

  • T-shirts
  • Bangle bracelets
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

What you do:

  1. First you'll want to cut your t-shirt material into strips. My strips were about 16 inches long and approximately 1 inch wide. The material will stretch as well, making them considerably longer.
  2. To create a simple single colored bangle, first stretch the material out, tie the t-shirt strip in a loose knot around the bracelet.
  3. Wrap the material tightly around the bangle. If you run out of material before you get to the end, simply hot glue another strip to the end of your current strip and continue.
  4. When you arch the end, untie the first knot and tie the two loose ends together. Tie them tight and position the knot on the inside of the bangle, cut the ends and secure with some white craft glue.
  5. To make braided bracelets, gather SIX strips of material, 2 of each color you wish to use. It's best to choose contrasting colors. I used four tie-dyed strips and two white strips for one bracelet, and for the other I used two each gray, tie-dye, and pink.
  6. Use a hot glue gun to attach two matching strips, end to end to make one long strip. Repeat for the others. Stretch out the material, taking care not to pull them apart where they are glued. Tie the three strips together in a loop knot, leaving a couple of inches above the knot.
  7. Braid the strips together. When you get to the end, wrap in a rubber band or tie with some scrap fabric (only temporary). Wrap the braid tightly around the bangle. When you reach the end, loosen the knots on both ends and tie together. Secure the knot with white craft glue. Trim the fringed ends to a length that you like.

Notes from Amanda

Because the braided material will make the opening of the bangle smaller, it's important to get bracelets that are big enough to allow room for your wrist to get through the finished bracelet. For example, due to my plus size frame, my wrists are considerably larger than my teenage daughter's. Therefore, the bracelets fit her great while I was unable to get them on.

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13 Responses to Make Bracelets from Recycled T-shirts

  1. 1
    Marie says:

    These are darling. I would wear those myself. I love t-shirt crafts!!

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    they look great! love all the colors.

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    jet says:

    such a great fun idea, very cool, i think i will make it for myself. I have alot old t shirts cut in yarn, and thought what must i do with this new yarn.LOL
    thank you for the great tute and the sharing;-D

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    OneMommy says:

    So cute! Got to send this to my niece! She is always making jewelry! Stopped in from the Cleverist FB page

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    Janice says:

    So cute! Thanks for the tutorial. Pinning on my upcycled fabric projects board on pinterest.

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    Ann says:

    i love this idea! thank you for sharing it’ll definitely make great gifts for all my friends this year for christmas :)

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    Stone~Free says:

    This is a great idea, I may try it without the bangles, I also might put charms or large-holed beads.

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