reduce, reuse, upcycle...

posted on: 12.04.2012

I'm so very often stopped on the street and asked "how do you do it?  You always seem to have it all together", said this girl NEVER.  

I don't do it all.  I don't even pretend it very well.  And I'm pretty darn sure no one has ever mistakenly gotten that impression. Sigh. 

Today I hung the "gone fishing" sign on our little shop, here.  It was a hard-ish decision to come to, but not as hard as I once thought it'd be.  I am not great at saying "no" and passing up opportunities.   Really, I suck at it, pretty royally, but I am getting in as much practice as my "people pleasing" soul can handle, which amounts to about one teensy tinsy sugar filled spoonful at a time.  I'm learning.  Slowly.  

We'll do a lot of traveling over the holidays, these boys and I,  and with a house already full of winter coughs and sniffles  and with taking on the mammoth task of somehow pulling Christmas out of a suitcase-- now THAT will be a magic trick to behold, well something's gotta give.  And I can't be sure but I do suspect that sweet little shop of ours, well, it'll still be there in the spring, or summer or so...

So, if you happened to determine in the early fall that you would blanket the planet in peace and recycled t-shirts and then proceeded to hoard t-shirts of every color and size and such, or if you just happen to have a t-shirt to spare, well, here ya go...

A Sweet Little Upcycled T-shirt Pom Pom Package Tie 


1 t-shirt
1 pair of scissors
1 cup of eggnog (a key ingredient for any holiday craft, obvs)

Cut t-shirt, width wise, into strips about one inch wide.  I did another project here that might help.  Take one strip and cut it into short 1 inch long sections, (for larger pompoms cut "strings" longer and use more to add fullness).  Lay these in a bundle across one long strip, (cut the "string" so that it is open at both ends and is no longer an infinity loop).  

Lay a second long strip, (cut similarly to the first), on top of the pile of short sections.  

Gather and tie securely in a tight knot. so that you have a pom pom with a long tail.  Knot one end of the tail and slide the pom pom down against the knot.  Repeat for the other open end of the long "t-shirt string" so that you have a pom pom on each end.  

Trim the short strands as desired. (cutting off any protruding parts of strips will give you a tighter more snowball effect, leaving strips at varying lengths creates a more star like pom pom).

Ta-DA.  Fit to be tied with joy onto any holiday package.  Or ice skates.  Don't these just scream a winter day spent skating at the Rockefeller Center outdoor rink?  I mean, right?

live sweet, 


A way cooler tutorial here.

In truth I tried it with a cardboard  guide as well as free form; free form was way easier for me.  Way.  
Even for larger pom poms.

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  1. Hello, I am here :-) I found you. I love this idea. I am so going to try it. Following you to now. Can't wait to read more. :-)

  2. This is such a fab idea!! So creative, I love doing different / special gift wrap presentation. It's gorgeous - thank you for sharing!!

    1. Oh Lauren, you must try them in different colors and lengths. Wouldn't ones on shorter t-shirt strings just be darling hanging from a gift bag or stocking or even as an ornament? (P.S. Can't wait to hang out Friday!) =)

  3. This is ridiculously cute!! They would be so soft too!

    I'm having a blog hop right now and you should come get in on some of that love. ;-)

  4. Cute! Way to go with creating boundaries and balance...Ya do whatcha gotta do- sanity (and eggnog smiles) are way more important.

    1. You and your support mean the whole wide world to me. Thank you. I'm so looking forward to nursing this house of boys back to health and then setting off on a great winter adventure. =)

  5. What a sweet idea - thank you for sharing!

    Katie Pea

  6. What a lovely idea! Looks very pretty!
    Thank you for joining my Bloghop

  7. those are too cute and looks like easy to make. i have so much fabric at home..wonder if i could do it with fabric too as it is not as stretchy?

  8. Love this! Should definitely help me out in my quest to not have the ugliest presents under the tree this year. Cheers!

  9. That's a really cute craft. Even though it's simple, I'm so terrible at crafting hahaha but I like to look :)

  10. Hi Lovely, I'm your new follower from Blog Hop.
    Love your awesome blog. Feel free to check out & follow my blog @

  11. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog the other day! I am now following you back! Have a great evening.

  12. Hopping by your link up again ... I linked up earlier today but my link is not showing. Hope it shows up soon :) Thanks for hosting then fun.

  13. Great idea. For packaging, as a decor, you can even wear it as a detail o nyour clothes.

  14. Blog hopping & following... Happy Holidays!

  15. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!


    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  16. nicole! i love the pom pom tie! and i mean love!

  17. Hi I found you on the Saturday Morning Coffee Blog hop. Please stop by and say hi when you get a minute. have a great week. :)


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