Coffee Stained Roses


Did you spill coffee on your favorite white tee shirt?  Don't toss it!  With these Coffee Stained Roses, you can transform stained tee shirts into new wearable accessories.  Old tee shirt crafts like this are great for cleaning out your closet and building your accessory collection.

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coffee stained roses


  • Old white tee shirt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Cup of cold coffee



  1. First you’re going to want to cut a circle out of your tee shirt. 
  2. Cut into your circle and continue cutting around the circle until you have a spiral.  I'm showing you with felt so it's easier to see.  You can add a spiral edge to give your flower a more textured look if you'd like.

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  3. Starting at the small end of your spiral, begin wrapping the felt around itself until a rose begins to form.  Secure the tail end with a little bit of hot glue.
  4. Place some hot glue on the bottom of your rose and cover it with a scrap piece of fabric.  Cut off the excess and there you have it!  An adorable felt rose!
  5. Once your roses are made, drop them in the coffee and let them sit for at least 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from the coffee and let dry completely.

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Talk about making lemonade out of lemons, so to speak! That is if you actually did spill the coffee! I have heard of also using teabags to provide this type of tan or taupe color. You certain,y could experiment with other colors, perhaps beet juice or mariachi no cherry juice to give a nice rosy tone to your flower! I think it would be fun to see what colors develop, even with a combination of 'stains' .... After all, that is what dye actually is, a type of stain! Fun project!

I'm guessing the coffee stain would only work for lighter colors like white or cream. I really love this craft. I would have roses that would never wilt.

I love these pretty roses. I am sure you could make them out of different colored shirts or use other methods to dye them

What a smart recycling idea! I think the worn and aged look adds a romantic feel to the roses.

You need to create outside the box. And try different things different things together. Last week I needed to make a flower girl dress for our 5 year old grandaughter. It was itchy,so I used her Grandads t shirt to line it

I think they look dirty. It would depress me to wear them.

One man's dirty is another man's aged. Eye of the beholder...

I agree, tea stain is a much prettier idea.

Great idea, could also use tea staining.

How BIG of a circle should the tshirt circles be cut in? A general diameter number would be nice. Thanks!

Hi 5lita5--thanks for your comment. You can use any sized circle you'd like...obviously, the bigger the circle, the bigger the flower. You can experiment with sizes by cutting out paper circles and seeing how your flowers would look. I just eyeballed these circles based on how much fabric I had. Thanks!--FaveCrafts Editor

Well you could use different liquids too? maybe cranberry, grape or Kool-Aid!!! :)

Hi Member 15957--Absolutely! I bet cranberry would be really pretty! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!


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