Reduce, re-use, recycle. Those of us who grew up cheering for Captain Planet know all about the three R’s of being a good eco-citizen. And some of us manage that ‘reduce’ part by hanging on to tee-shirts for way, way too long. Don’t get us wrong; we love a tee-shirt cannon. But when our drawers are stuffed to the gills with complimentary tees we’d never wear? No need to fear: Captain DIY is here.
Right in time for Earth Day, Brit Morin of Brit + Co helps us turn a blown-out shirt into a sweet macrame hanger for your fave potted plant. Now you can improve your indoor air quality, and find a use for all those tees choking up valuable closet space!
Dig Brit’s DIY style? Her book Homemakers is bursting with savvy tips for making your own way in a ready-made world.
Photo: Brit + Co.
Jersey-knit fabric (1 yard per planter)
Plastic or ceramic planter or bowl
Cut eight pieces of material that are three to five feet long, depending on how low you want your planters to hang.
Tie a knot on one end, leaving the excess material at the top like a tassel.
Lay out your rope in four sections (like a cross shape), with two pieces of rope per section.
Steps 1-3. Photo courtesy of Brit + Co.
About an inch and a half down, tie a knot into each section.
Arrange your fabric so that it’s once again in a cross shape. For this next part, knot fabric together from adjacent segments.
Steps 4-5. Photo courtesy of Brit + Co.
Once you’re done with that, arrange your fabric yet again in a cross shape. And–you guessed it–knot material together from adjacent segments.
Slide your planter into the macrame net-like pouch you’ve created. And you’re done!
Steps 6-7. Photo courtesy of Brit + Co.
+ How do you use your DIY skills to reduce, reuse, or recycle?