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how to recycle t-shirts into coasters.

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Simple. Easy. Recycled. Best three words you can hear about a project, wouldn’t you agree?? Yes, these t-shirt coasters deserve all 3 adjectives.

Simple. Just 3 steps.  And no crafting “techniques” that might be hard to understand.

Easy. Cut, braid, twirl.  Seriously.  That’s all.

Recycled. Use up those old t-shirts that not even the thrift store wants!

Make these cute t-shirt coasters in 3 easy steps! A great mother's day gift idea!

 Materials Needed:

  • old t-shirts
  • tape
  • superglue


t-shirt coasters. an easy project

Step 1.

Cut your t-shirts into strips.  You’ll have the best coasters if you only use the seamless parts of the shirt, so discard the sleeves and hems.  The main area is what you want.  Your strips can be a wide range of widths, but ours were about an inch wide.  The wider you cut them, the chunkier your coasters will be.

t-shirt coasters. an easy project

Step 2.

Braid the strips of t-shirts. Knot them on each end.  We knotted the top, and then taped the top down with duct tape as we finished our braiding.  You want to knot your strips as close to the edge as you can, so you don’t have a ton of excess.

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Step 3.

Roll up the braided t-shirt strips, adding a drop of superglue occasionally as you go.  When we say occasionally, we mean about every inch or two of braiding.  You’ll want to use more superglue in the very beginning and the very end, just to make sure the coaster doesn’t start to unravel.

t-shirt coasters. an easy project

Levi wanted to show off his coaster.

These really are that simple. Why make it more complicated then it has to be? These would be adorable packaged up cute for Mom or Grandma!

Make these cute t-shirt coasters in 3 easy steps! A great mother's day gift idea!

Note: to make these even sturdier a piece of felt on the bottom might be a great idea!

Check out my Jelly Toast Coasters if you haven’t already. Seriously…they look like jelly toast!

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.

1 Comment

  1. Kate

    March 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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