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5 Ideas for Upcycling Old Clothes

Updated on May 31, 2014

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.

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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.

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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    • Kara Skinner profile image

      Kara Skinner 8 months ago from Maine

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

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      bookerboy 4 years ago from Ireland

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

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      hattersmen 4 years ago

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

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      Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

      Amazing, loved the play donuts :)

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Loved the elephant. Nice ideas.

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      Amy L. Tarr 4 years ago from Home

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

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      Green Art 4 years ago

      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:)

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      Alison Dittmar 4 years ago from PA

      I love the horse!

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      PoeticPhilosophy 4 years ago from Canada

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

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      Yasmin Crawford-Hunt 4 years ago from Shenyang, China

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

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      Marie Giunta 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

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

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      bookerboy 4 years ago from Ireland

      Aren't they sweet !

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      Sara Duggan 4 years ago from California

      Super cute. Love the little doll socks.

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      bookerboy 4 years ago from Ireland

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

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      ezzly 4 years ago

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

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      bookerboy 4 years ago from Ireland

      They also make great gifts for Christmas :)

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      Janet Vale 4 years ago from San Diego, California

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

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      bookerboy 4 years ago from Ireland

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

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

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