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5 Ideas for Upcycling Old Clothes


Autumn Leaf Candle

This is such a simple idea for up-cycling old jars into stunning candle decorations and would make really good table centre-pieces.

Cut up an old sleeve and place over a mason jar - then simply take a slim strip of the sleeve and wrap it round the jar and sleeve and place a leaf under it.

Add scented tea lights to get that full Autumn effect!

Check out this great page for loads more upcycled clothing ideas.


Elephant Sock Puppet

This adorable elephant sock puppet was made using the sleeve of an old woolen sweater - and a thick knee length grey sock. The ears and tusks were made from left over felt from another project.

The eyes came from an old cardigan and for extra safety - especially for young children - they can be embroidered on.

Try to use bright coloured sleeves as this will really stimulate childrens imaginations.


Play-donuts from children's socks

This is a really fun idea for children to make - with a little parental supervision.

You want to start off by cutting the toes from the socks, then simply roll the sock into itself. Then for the really fun bit create some "icing" from felt.

Using a glue gun attach the icing to the top of the rolled up sock.


Sock Snowman

This is a really quick and cheap idea for creating decorations for Christmas and the holiday season and the best thing is you should have most of the materials you need lying around the house.

Some of the supplies you'll need are: white socks, orange & black felt, black poms and a good fabric scissors.


DIY Sock Hobby Horses

Kids will love these inexpensive hobby horses sure to spark any little one's imagination. Now you have a use for that old sweater your granny knitted all those years ago.

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Begin by making a horse head shape on a piece of card. This will serve as your structure. Using filling such as that for a cushion, glue around the card.

Further materials you will need include: heavy woolen socks, some big buttons, filler and a wooden rod.

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patricia on November 19, 2018:

Nice idea except your presentation needs improvement. You need to spend less time showing the written intro. and more time showing the items. I got tired of all the time waisted waiting for the next photo to finally show

Kara Skinner from Maine on July 04, 2017:

I love the idea of the hobby horse and the autumn candle! They look easy and fun to make. Thanks!

Stephen Kelly (author) from Ireland on September 09, 2013:

Hey thanks guys! Gonna defo do some more soon!! :)

hattersmen on September 05, 2013:

Such a great idea! I have been meaning to do something like this for ages, with the stack of kids clothes upstairs.

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on September 02, 2013:

Amazing, loved the play donuts :)

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on September 02, 2013:

Loved the elephant. Nice ideas.

Amy L. Tarr from Home on September 02, 2013:

I like your craft ideas. I also have used old clothes for cleaning rags and quilting scraps.

Laura Ross on August 29, 2013:

I have to say the donuts with the icing and beads are my favorite. All the ideas are fun and would make great gifts! Voted up and AWESOME:)

Alison Dittmar from PA on August 28, 2013:

I love the horse!

PoeticPhilosophy from Canada on August 26, 2013:

Haha this is awesome! Keep spreading those sweet ideas my man.

Yasmin Crawford-Hunt from Shenyang, China on August 26, 2013:

These are all great ideas, especially like the candle idea; so simple! Thanks for sharing.

Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on August 25, 2013:

These are great craft ideas to get kids involved in. They look easy and are very cute. Shared and useful

Stephen Kelly (author) from Ireland on August 25, 2013:

Aren't they sweet !

Sara Duggan from California on August 25, 2013:

Super cute. Love the little doll socks.

Stephen Kelly (author) from Ireland on August 23, 2013:

Upcycling is the way forward - far too much thrown away today !

ezzly on August 23, 2013:

Wow I love the ideas here, as a fashion designer I'm always looking for inspiration !

Stephen Kelly (author) from Ireland on August 23, 2013:

They also make great gifts for Christmas :)

Janet Vale from San Diego, California on August 23, 2013:

Those are very creative. I think that would be good in my place.

Stephen Kelly (author) from Ireland on August 21, 2013:

Thanks a mill - always plenty of ways to save money by upcycling :)

RTalloni on August 19, 2013:

Direct and to the point--these really are some neat ideas for upcycling clothing.

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