How-to: Make Lovebird Wrist Warmers from Sweater Sleeves

March 5, 2012 in Fiber Crafts

Originally published at Crafting a Green World


Brr! It’s getting chilly out there again. Wrist warmers can add an extra layer of cozy to your winter look, but the store-bought kind often aren’t the most eco-friendly. Chances are, they’re mass-produced in a factory using conventional cotton (with all of the issues that come along with it). You can skip the human rights and environmental issues, though, and make your very own set of wrist warmers out of a thrift store sweater instead! Here’s how.

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Old Frame + Scarf = A Masterpiece

March 1, 2012 in Tutorials

Crossposted from Crafting a Green World

DIY Scarf Wall Art

A long time ago, I found this ugly picture frame at a garage sale for $3.00.

DIY Scarf Wall Art

I used it for another project and spray painted it silver. Since then, though, I’ve changed things around and have had the frame in the back of my closet. Then, my amazing friend Erin went to Amsterdam and brought back a beautiful scarf for me. I can’t make myself wear it — not because I don’t love it, but I’m so afraid of ruining it. After seeing this project from House and Home that upcycles old handkerchiefs into wall art, I thought, “Hey… I could do that with my scarf and old frame!”

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How To: Cardboard and Toilet Paper Roll Tree

February 14, 2012 in Tutorials

Cross-posted from Crafting a Green World.

This week I wanted to create a project that brought the outside, in (because it’s too cold to go outside right now!). I looked around my house for inspiration and I found a cardboard box and toilet paper rolls. I’ve done projects with toilet paper rolls before, like the Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Lights and the Christmas “Candle” Cover, but I wanted to make something more natural-looking. Drawing inspiration from a fall project I did on my personal blog, I created a Cardboard and Toilet Paper Roll Tree!

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Sheet Music Bottle

January 31, 2012 in Tutorials

Cross-posted from Crafting a Green World

DIY Sheet Music Bottle

Most people know I love crafting, so they always give me items that they think I could use (which I absolutely love!). My friend and her family saved a few wine bottles for me after one of their family gatherings and I was so excited to do a a project with them! Then, a few weeks ago, I found several books of sheet music at a thrift store for 50 cents each. Add these items together and you get a really fun and recycled decor piece– a sheet music bottle!

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How To: Pop Top Peace Sign

January 21, 2012 in Tutorials

Crossposted from Crafting a Green World

Pop Top Peace Sign

My mom is an elementary school teacher and has developed an obsession with cool peace signs for her classroom. When discussing a how to project this week, she asked me to make her a peace sign out of recycled materials. You guys know I’m all about fun wall art like the Laundry Cup Wall ArtNewspaper Art, and Burlap Chevron Paintings– so I was totally pumped to take on this challenge!  After searching around the house, I grabbed a cardboard box they had left over from moving and a bag of pop-tops that my grandma had collected. Here’s how to make your very own pop top peace sign!

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How To: Inspiration Board for the New Year!

January 6, 2012 in Tutorials

Cross-posted from Crafting a Green World and Revolutionaries

DIY Inspiration Board for the New Year

I found an amazing ceiling medallion for 50 cents at the thrift store at the beginning of the week and I knew I could turn it into something cool. Then, my uncle gave me some extra cork board he had from a project of his own and my grandma gave me tons of beads. I wanted to make an inspiration board of some sort for this week’s project, so I put all of the items together!

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Good Ol’ Fashioned Arts & Crafts

January 5, 2012 in Events, Inspiration

Join the creative folks at WonderRoot Creative Reuse on January 14th for a two hour workshop on general creativity — they’re up for making just about anything! Ring in the new year with a promise to make more.

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Craft Recycled: Make a Hanging Necktie Scissor Holder

December 27, 2011 in Fiber Crafts, Tutorials

Originally posted at Green Upgrader

necktie scissor holder

It’s easy as pie to whip up an upcycled hanging scissor holder to make your craft room just a bit more organized!

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