Celebrate Earth Day – Craft & Recycle!

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Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22nd). In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d highlight some of the crafts you can make from used material. Craft something that’s earth friendly today!

PAPER CRAFT IDEAS

Tealight Decoration using recycled cardboard tubing.

Magazine Bowl – a bowl made of magazine pages. Amazing!

Make your own Paper – Use up your paper scraps and make new paper.

Handbag made from books – This is the coolest! Refashion an old book into a cool purse.

FABRIC & YARN IDEAS

Peasant top – Cute shirt made from a thrift store muumuu.

T-shirt into Tube Top – It even has cute pockets.

Refashioned T-shirt – Make an oversized shirt fit you.

Field Bag – Use your old clothing to make this cool field bag.

Denim Potholder – Cute way to reuse your old jeans.

Knit Tea Cozy – Use up your leftover yarn stash!

PLASTIC IDEAS

Crocheted Plastic Bag Tote – Cute bag made from plastic bags.

Messenger Bag – Another crocheted bag using plastic bags.

Fusing plastic bags – This tutorial teaches you how to fuse plastic bags together, which can then be used to make all kinds of cool stuff!

VCR Tape Evening Bag – Have a bunch of old VHS tapes you don’t need? Crochet the tape into this fabulous bag!

METAL IDEAS

Aluminum Can Jewelry – A beautiful way to reuse an aluminum can. And it’s wearable.

*Photo by aussiegall

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Vintage blog to check out

I wanted to share one of my favorite new blogs with you: Millie Motts. She is a self-proclaimed collector of all things 1940s-60s, and she shares all kinds of awesome photos on her blog. Here’s one example of the great pictures you’ll find on the blog (From a post entitled “banana appeal”):

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Check out Millie Motts for yourself and tell me you’re not hooked!

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Mini Dry-Erase Board

To go along with my theme of refashioning envelopes, I decided to make a mini dry-erase board from the window part of an envelope. It’s so easy and fun to make. I got the idea from Claudine Hellmuth’s project here.

Supplies:

  • Envelope with window
  • Decorative paper
  • Magazine or book you can cut up
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I used Mod Podge)

Here’s all you do:

  • Cut the window out of an envelope.
  • Cut some pictures from a magazine.
  • You need a thicker piece of paper for the backing, so cut that to size.

You should end up with something like this:

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  • Next, glue your pictures onto the backing
  • Glue the backing and the window together
  • Lastly, glue a decorative border around the front of the window.

Here’s my final result. It’s pretty amateurish, but a good first try:

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Now I need to get some dry-erase markers and write some fun messages on it!

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Knit a hat for newborns

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Since I’ve been talking about baby hats lately, I thought I would share this awesome way to get involved and make a difference in the life of a child.

Save the Children is calling on knitters (and non-knitters willing to learn) everywhere to knit newborn baby hats to send to newborns around the world. A hat protects infants in other countries from getting pneumonia and potentially helps save their lives.

So check it out. If you’re a knitter, perfect! And if you’re not, they even have a section dedicated to teaching us non-knitters (I don’t know how to knit yet, either) the basics of knitting. Pretty cool. Let us know if you decide to do it – I’d love to see your pictures.

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Perfect Baby Hat

I’m having my first baby in August. Because of that, a lot of my craft ideas have turned toward baby things. What I’d like to make is a baby hat that won’t be too warm to wear during the summer. Here are three different crochet patters I’m thinking about. Ignoring the color (because I’ll probably choose different colors), which hat pattern do you like the best?

1. Baby Swirls

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2. Bev’s Easy Round Baby Hat

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3. Baby Cherry Hat

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So which one should I make?! I would love to hear your thoughts – leave me a comment and vote on your favorite baby hat.

–Holli

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Inside Out Envelopes

I was feeling crafty today, so I found an easy tutorial I could do with the supplies I had on hand. I’ve been wanting to try out the Inside Out Security Envelopes tutorial from design*sponge, and it didn’t require many supplies. In fact, I modified the supply list as follows:

  • Junk mail envelopes
  • Steak knife (or any other sharp object)
  • Mod Podge

And that’s all you need! Unfolding the envelope without ripping it is really tricky, but I did my best:

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Once you’ve got it apart, it should look something like this:

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After that, you glue the sides inside out, and it’s ready to mail something wonderful to a friend. I inserted a paint sample inside to make it prettier:

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This seriously took me less than 10 minutes, so it’s worth trying out. Save your junk mail today and get crafty.

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Easter Crafting

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There have been so many awesome crafts being circulated for the Easter holiday. I thought I’d share some of the fun Easter crafts that I’ve found around the web.

 

GENERAL CRAFTS

These adorable egg matryoshka dolls look worth making!

Easter window clings are perfect if you have children.

There’s a cozy for everything, including one for Easter eggs. Check out this Egg cozy tutorial.

 

FABRIC & YARN

Learn how to sew these secret pocket Easter eggs.

Make these adorable knitted Easter egg ornaments.

I love these colorful knitted Easter chickens.

Another Easter egg cozy. Knit one today.

 

EDIBLE CRAFTS

Chocolate bird’s nests. Make these cute bird’s nests for Easter, and then eat them!

Make these fancy golden chocolate Easter eggs.

If you’re looking to decorate your eggs a little differently this year, check out these variations.

This post gives tips for dying your Easter eggs naturally.

Happy Easter, everyone! And happy crafting.

 

*Photo by Lin Pernille

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