Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Decorating with an old shirt

Do you all remember my Pretty in Pink...Dresser Makeover post?

Did any of you notice my black and pink frames? That was one of my great ideas that didn't turn out the way I wanted it too. 

It all started when I repainted this mirror white and my sister gave me the idea to lightly brush over the raised portions with pink. It turned out so cute!   

So then I got the idea to paint over part of the black frames with pink too. Well it didn't end up looking that great. The sad thing is that they've been hanging on the wall for a year, because I couldn't think of what else to do. You might notice that one of the frames didn't even have a picture in it. The other frame has a picture of my two little ones hugging. It was such a cute moment that I snapped a picture. However the quality of the picture didn't turn out that great. 

Do any of you leave things up even though you don't like them? Just because you can't think of something else to do? Hope I'm not the only one. 

Well, when I was recently sorting through my littlest ones clothes, I came across this shirt
This is the front...

and this is the back.

 All three of my girls wore this shirt. I just love it. I couldn't bear to throw it out, and the sleeves were getting a little stained. So I decided to frame them.

First I spray painted the frames white.

Then using the cardboard inside the frame as a guide I cut out the shirt. I cut it an inch or so bigger on all sides. Then I wrapped the shirt around the cardboard and taped the back and stuck it in the frame.

That's much cuter! Don't you think?

 Here's a few pictures of the rest of her wall decor.

 I need to get something on this shelf - my 4 year olds things used to be there, but now her room is in the basement.

One of the best parts about this project is that I used things that I already had, so I didn't spend a penny. It was also a super quick project.

So do you like it?


  1. I love what you did, what a great idea. Thank you for sharing

  2. I have empty frames up and waiting for pictures too! I'm super impressed how you came up with such a simple, but creative solution!

  3. What a cute thing to do with a favorite old shirt. I like the pink and white better than the pink and black frames too. Nice job! There are so many cute ideas out there I want to do but how many frames is too many for my girl's room?

  4. I love, love, love how that came out. I just Pinterested it, so i can use the idea in my boy's room and my girl's. Actually, I have been trying to figure out what to do with the fav shirts I have, since I don't have enough to make an awesome t-shirt quilt. THANKS so much for this idea.

  5. Adorable. I love displaying things that make you happy and bring back wonderful memories rather than storing them away in a box. Great job!

  6. That is just adorable! I love how it gives you a way to save the shirt. I'm so emo about old baby clothes!

  7. LOVE this idea! I am all about simple and frugal.

  8. This is a REALLY great idea, i love it! I can't wait to try it out for myself (i have a TON of baby clothes I am not ready to part w/ and now I don't have to!) :D Thanks for the wonderful post!

  9. LOVE this! Seriously, I have so many old tees that have special meanings but for whatever reason are unwearable. Really great idea (that front and back kitten is adorable, too)

  10. I love it so much! It sounds like something I would like to do sometime. I really liked the dresser too. You should come over to my blog and check out the upcycled links post and add your own there. You are so creative!

  11. Hi mom Rachel!
    It turned out really great! I bet your girls love it! ;)
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a great idea! I've been saving their clothes I like as well. I can't bear to get rid of it.

  13. It's a brilliant idea!
    And it turned out beautifully

  14. First off, I adore the mirror. Your shirt artwork works so well with the decor of the room. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  15. How cute! I love the mirror and the shirt kitties are adorable. It's such a great way to reuse a shirt. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  16. That is so cute! I like the whole room, the mirror looks great. I also love how you used an old shirt that meant something to make a really nice decoration. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  17. Rachel, What a totally cute idea! I love how the kitty cat was framed. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great day :)

  18. I love the idea of not wasting anything and repurposing it... this is too cute... SO CUTE!!!
    Thanks so much for linking up with the ALL STARS BLOG BLOCK PARTY.... Hope to see you again this week....


  19. How cute is that? Love it. Thank you so much for linking up to our previous Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! I would love for you to link up again this week and look forward to what you have to share, the link is up and running all weekend.
    Thanks! Tami @ Curb Alert!