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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Recycling Projects: T-Shirt Bracelets

Recycled T-Shirt Bracelets

    This is a simple and crafty project I discovered from a tweet by (@Earth911). The original project is featured on Camilla Fabbri’s blog.

Supplies needed:

-Old, unwanted T-shirts (colorful and patterned t-shirts tend to look the best)
-Bangles (try to use ones you already have, or find them at thrift stores)
-Glue gun and glue (optional)
-Extraneous decorative items, such as stickers, fabric markers, or glitter glue (optional)


1. Measure and cut the t-shirt into ½” to 1” wide strips. You may have to make the strips thicker if the bangle is thicker.

2. Loosely tie one end of a strip to a bangle. Begin wrapping the strip tightly around the bracelet.

3. When you have wrapped it all the way around back to the first knot, untie the knot and then tie both ends together to finish. Be sure that you double knot and that the knot is on the inside of the bracelet.

4. Trim off ends with scissors.

5. If you prefer, you can use a glue gun to secure the ends, but knotting should work fine.

6. If you’d like, add extra decorations to your stylish and ecofriendly t-shirt bracelet

    To see helpful picture accompaniments, go to Camilla Fabbri’s blog, Family Chic, and see her t-shirt bracelet DIY post. To see the other nine recycled t-shirt crafts in Earth911’s tweet, click here.

    Have fun making and wearing your bracelets! Viridorari would love to have pictures of your recycling projects! Email them to me at and tell me about your experience with making them.

Remember, even if you don't upcycle your unwanted clothing, you should always consider your articles for donation or a thrift store before throwing them out. Even if you don't want them, someone else might, and the more we reuse clothing, the less energy and resources we have to spend making new ones. Also, I'm sure someone who can't afford clothes would certainly appreciate your hand-me-downs.
Animal of the Month Update
Teeth structure of a Ganges River Shark
The small eyes and slender teeth of the Ganges river shark indicate that it primarily eats fish. However, it is reported that in the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges shark preys heavily upon dasyatid stingrays.

    It is highly likely, and unfortunate, that the Ganges shark is a part of the international shark jaw trade, the oriental fin trade, and locally hunted for its meat. The shark fin trade is a major problem and is arguably one of the greatest threats to shark species today around the globe. Between 26 and 73 million sharks are killed and traded each year for their fins. China and Hong Kong dominate the import market, accounting for about 95% of the global fin trade.

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