T-shirt+canvas= wall art


This was an impromptu project that took me about 10 minutes to do. I was taking photos of things to list in hpart2my shop and noticed some flaws in this Harry Potter tee. There was a weird spot near the hem and a hole under the arm.

Instead of throwing it into my “To Be Recycled” pile as I usually do, I decided to deal with it right that second. This is ADHD in a nutshell.

But also honestly that “To Be Recycled” pile wouldn’t be nearly as huge if I just took the short time required to deal with it right then and there.

I decided this t-shirt would be a good candidate for wall art. That’s where my stockpile of thrifted canvases come in.

Thrifty Art Tip: Look at thrift stores, yard sales, and free piles for art on canvas. Even if the art isn’t anything you’d hang, bring that canvas home. You can paint over it, cover it in nice fabric,collage on it, or whatever your artsy heart desires. 

This is a painted on one I scored at the Thrifty Shopperhpart3 for an odd number of cents. It’s a standard 11×14 wood frame canvas like you can buy at craft stores like Michael’s and was probably someone’s Studio Art project. If it makes you feel sad or guilty to work over someone’s art, this kind of project is great because you’re not ruining the art on the canvas at all.

(Although if you’re using a light colored fabric, the paint might show through. If you’re not feeling emotional about working over what’s on the canvas, you can cover the canvas with gesso before using it)

I cut the entire front of the t-shirt at the seams and positioned it on the canvas how I wanted it, making sure there was enough fabric to stretch over the back of the canvas. I flipped them over, holding the fabric in place so that the back was facing up. I trimmed excess fabric before using a staple gun to affix the fabric to the back.

When beginning to staple, I started at the top and hpart5then worked my way around the frame, checking periodically to make sure the front was straight and even  so that the words wouldn’t be stretched in wonky directions and distorted.

I did kind of roll the edges a little so that the fabric was thicker and more stable.

I think in the future I’ll use something like cardboard strips to wrap the edges of fabric around before stapling to get a bit of a neater finish just because I’m picky like that. It really doesn’t matter at all unless you have people who come over and check the back of the art on your walls to critique how awesome that looks.

So, that’s it. Quickie art for your walls made from a neato t-shirt. You can do the same with pretty fabric .

This one is going on my boys’ bedroom wall. The sentiment is truly fitting.

Recycling T-Shirt into a Rug

DIY Old T Shirt Carpet DIY Old T Shirt Carpet

Don’t know source for this because you know…Pinterest. 

I need to do this.

I started knitting a t-shirt rug. My carpal tunnel complained big time. I also started making a rug with t-shirt scraps like this. I still have to finish that one but you can never have too many Works In Progress. right?

How to Prepare an Old Book for Altering or Art Journaling – Art Journalist | Art Journalist

How to Prepare an Old Book for Altering or Art Journaling – Art Journalist | Art Journalist

This is a great tutorial on readying an old book to use for an art journal. I find that children’s books are the best for art journals.  They’re usually really easy to find at yard sales and book sales. I tend to grab the ones that make me think the original printing of the book was a waste of paper and it really needs a better life. You know what I mean. There is some amazingly awful books in the kiddie lit genre!

My library also has a constant free box in their lobby. It’s a good place to snag art journaling books and supplies.

Grosgrain: Mismatched Socks? Sew a Sock Snake!

I can’t wait to make this cute sock snake from Grosgrain. Having a family of  8 means lotsa mismatched socks….or socks that get holes in the toes and need to be recycled.


Full instructions:  Grosgrain: Mismatched Socks? Sew a Sock Snake!.

Upcycled Darth Vader Helmet




Upcycle artist and sculptor Gabriel Dishaw makes these incredible geektastic sculptures using typewriter,computer, adding machine parts and other machinery parts  How awesome is that?!  I am quite fond of the Steampunk Darth Vader available right now in his Etsy shop.

Things to Make With Burlap Bags




A round-up of the crafty ways to upcycle burlap rice and coffee sacks.




Some great ideas for wreaths….and those burlap rosettes would make nice embellishments for other projects.

1. The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking  2.  grapevine wreath 3. Love Is…  4. burlap rosettes 5. Today’s Fabulous Finds 6. The Roseland Family [via 74 Burlap Projects at Too Much Time On My Hands ]   Speaking of embellishments, check out these sweet burlap flowers. I love that the color graphics on the bag ass a nice pop of col

or. Experiments with Burlap

[via iShare Crafts ]

Storage Bins!   [via Mari Makes: ] These would be so excellent in a craft room or even kids’ playroom.

Burlap Tote [via MAKE ] One of the fabulous things about using burlap bags is that you can re-transform it into any style of bag you’d like.

Here’s another style

: burlap messenger bags

Burlap Messenger How- To

You can sometimes even use them as they are…with maybe some slight alterations.


Rice Bag Rucksack [via Ready Made ]

And of course, there’s all sorts of things you can make for around the house…


This was upcycled using a thrift store lamp! [via A Little Piece of Heaven ]

Chase the Star: Burlap Pillow From My Craft Stash!

Pillows, of course This one via Chase the Star ]

No-sew burlap utensil holder

This one’s a no-sew Utensil Holder [via I {Heart} Naptime   ]

Cute burlap ornaments. #ornaments #crafts

Sweet ornaments (I would use these any time of the year ) [via Modern Country ]

Seriously, folks….so many things you can make with this stuff…

And if you need tips on how to work with burlap, here are some tutorials:

How To Cut Burlap in A Straight Line [via Clumsy Crafter ]

How To Sew Burlap [via Care2]

How To Wash Burlap [via eHow]


Right now, I have about 10 bags in stock in my Etsy shop. Hurry…these babies go fast.


Burlap Basmati Rice Bag for Upcycle Crafting

Burlap Basmati Rice Bag for Upcycle Crafting