How to Make Decorative Colored Balls by Discarded T-Shirts?
Tons of T-shirts will be thrown by consumers each year. In order to put the environmental protection issue into practice, why not make some other items via these discarded T-shirts? Here is a tutorial, on making DIY decorative colored balls with recycled t-shirt fabric. Get out the old Red, White and Blue T-shirts for a 4th of July decoration. These decorative balls are easy enough for summer project for the kids.
First of all, take a look at the finished look. Think of all the different color combinations you could coordinate together for different projects for holidays, graduations, bridal showers and birthday parties.
Step 1: Pick out some unused t-shirts from your wardrobe. I used three different colors.
Step 2: Find two pieces of cardboard. Referring to the size, it totally depends on you. Cut them into this shape.
Step 3: Cut t-shirts fabric into strips about 1/2″ wide or thinner if you like.
Step 4: Put one stripe onto the cardboard. It will be used to tie the ball together when you finish wrapping the strips around the card board. Just make sure to use a match the color strips on the ball.
Step 5: Place the other piece of cardboard onto the stripe. See photo, the cloth stripe is placed between two pieces of cardboard now.
Step 6: It’s time to wrap the strips of T-shirt fabric onto the cardboard. Just wrap from one outer the edge of the card board and continue to the other side.
Step 7: This photo shows how to wrap the fabric strips. We suggest to wrap the T-shirt fabric strips snug and tight for fullness. This will create a plump T-shirt fabric ball.
Step 8: This is what the card board will look like when the entire card board is covered by cloth strips.
Step 9: Then, tie the strip placed between the paper boards, pull tightly but do not knot at this time.
Step 10: Now, cut the outer edge of the wrap T-shirt fabric strips with your scissors.
Step 11: This is what the T-shirt fabric strips looks like when you have cut around the entire cardboard.
Step 12: Now, you can tie the middle cloth strip with a tight knot.
Step 13: To finish the edge of the ball, cut off the uneven thread ends to make it smooth.
Step 14: Ttake off both card boards, the decorative ball is finished. Here are three color coordinated balls made from recycled T-shirt fabric strips. Hang together with ribbon for a decorative accent.