There are many ways to be environmentally conscious, and there’s no reason not to involve the whole family when it comes to being green. One aspect of recycling that everyone can take part in is when it comes to clothes. In a world of fast fashion and with wardrobes teeming with clothes that have barely been worn, this is a great place to start when it comes to recycling; or more accurately “upcycling”. Rather than taking bags full of old clothes to the nearest charity shop, if they still fit and are in good condition why not just update them?
Fun Ideas For Upcycling T-Shirts
Plain t-shirts and vests are a great place to start when it comes to updating your wardrobe. They provide a blank canvas onto which you can unleash your creative side. For children and adults alike, why not invest in some fabric pens and paints and get drawing? You or your kids can always practice on paper first before copying the image directly onto the garment. Fabric pens are a simple way for younger children to draw what they want on their t-shirt. Stencils are also a great purchase if your kids are a little less confident in their drawing skills. Decorating an old t-shirt with a fun design or slogan is a good idea if you want to mark a special occasion such as a holiday or a birthday party!
Photo from a fabulous bleached shirts tutorial over at Mom Spark
Another way to spice up your t-shirt doesn’t even involve buying anything new. All you need is an old t-shirt, chalk, household bleach, a paintbrush, and some newspaper. Avoid pale colored t-shirts but apart from that, there are no limits to what you can do. Create the design you want on your t-shirt on a piece of paper. When finished, place newspaper inside your t-shirt to stop the bleach from going straight through the garment. With the chalk, draw the design on to the t-shirt. With a paintbrush, go over the design with bleach. Once your t-shirt has been washed, the bleach will have soaked into the shirt leaving behind the design. Obviously you will need to supervise children if they choose this method, but the designs really look great and the bleach makes a really interesting effect.
Not only are you encouraging your children to be eco-friendly, you are stimulating their creativity by helping them to think about their clothes in a different way. Whilst donating clothes that no longer fit to charity shops is a great way to be environmentally conscious and donate to a good cause, upcycling is a brilliant way to get more wear out of an item of clothing. See what designs everyone comes up with, and soon enough the whole family will be wearing unique items of clothing – and will no doubt look the best dressed on the street!