Halloween Decoration via the Old Nasty Tshirt

Just keep cutting.

Just keep cutting.

The other day when I was dying my paper for the Halloween Party invites, I also threw some old nasty t shirts into the dye (btw to make these color fast you can use vinegar, I didn’t bc I don’t plan on washing these EVER.)  Why?  For Halloween decorations, of course!  I had one batch of boiled onion skin dye, one pot of coffee dye, and one crushed walnut dye.  Actually the onion skins made a nasty pinkish dye that works rather well for Halloween.  The best part about these Halloween decorations is that they were FREE!

Here’s what happened.

The Nasty tshirts and towel.  Pink onion, ecru walnut, and dingy coffee.
The Nasty tshirts and towel. Pink onion, ecru walnut, and dingy coffee.

The shirts after their dirty dye job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First I stretched out the shirt and cut it into strips.

First I stretched out the shirt and cut it into strips.

 
 

 4 inch strips are gonna work better.

 

Little ones curl in on themelves.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You'll actually have loops, not strips, so you need to cut one end of the loop.

You'll actually have loops, not strips, so you need to cut one end of the loop.

 
 If you have a rotary cutter, now’s the time to break that bad boy out.  It’ll go a lot faster.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can braid the strips and use as garland.  Add some yarn for texture, or anything else you have hanging around.

You can braid the strips and use as garland. Add some yarn for texture, or anything else you have hanging around.

 
 
 
 Some black or orange tshirts, maybe even red might be fun!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then just hang loose.

Then just hang loose.

 
 
 Imagine a mummy or spider, or skeleton standing underneath.  Nice.  OR that cool Halloween Tree I’m going to show you in an upcoming blog entry!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OR fun to add a little mystery as you walk in.  You could even cut up trash bags for this.  My photos kind of stink.  This is really a cool thing.  You could use the strips to make your mummy costume.  You could tie a bunch of stuff together with them, like a pile of plastic bones.  Or a cute little bow on stemware.  Vesatile suckers for a free item!  Love that. 
Tie them on a stick, or in this case, I used a table leg.  Now they are a spooky curtain.

Tie them on a stick, or in this case, I used a table leg. Now they are a spooky curtain.

 

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