Junk mail envelopes are just the right size for making a cute gift tag! Their one redeeming quality.
Using reusable sandwich bags in place of single-use plastic is great for reducing lunch-time waste, but it turns out finding food-safe fabric can be tricky!
Have you been wanting to ditch the toxic dryer sheets? My husband and I came up with DIY dryer sheets to keep us static-free without harsh chemicals!
I know, there’s a little bit of an ick factor when it comes to reusable menstrual supplies, but stay with me, you guys! It’s super easy to make cloth pads, and caring for them isn’t very gross or a lot of work.
Do you do a Christmas tree? What I love about a handmade ornament is that it can look just as pretty hanging in a window or from a mantle as it does nestled in a tree.
Australian artist Kirsty Fletcher creates beautiful sculpture and collage from reclaimed cardboard. Kirsty, with a little help from her friends and family, salvages her materials from their recycling bins and the side of the road, and she transforms these found objects into adorable art pieces.
From catalog pages that are great for origami and collage to security envelopes with their hidden designs, junk mail kind of begs to be turned into something creative! Here are some junk mail craft projects to get you started!
I try to always keep a notebook stashed in my purse, don’t you? You never know when you’ll need to write down a phone number, jot down an idea, or make a little grocery list on the fly! Sure, you can use store-bought notebooks, but where is the fun in that? Instead of shelling out cash for something mass produced, you can create cute little notebooks from reclaimed materials instead!
Is bamboo fabric as eco-friendly as marketers claim?
The short answer is that there is no short answer. There are upsides and downsides to bamboo fabric, and I think it’s really up to you as a crafter to decide if bamboo fits into your eco-crafting ethos. My pops always tells me to give the bad news first and the good news last, so let’s start with bamboo’s downsides and then look at what’s good about bamboo fabric.
I talk a lot around here about eco-friendly fabrics, but let’s talk about about why it’s important to opt for these alternatives. They’re often more expensive and harder to find than conventional cotton, and I think sometimes we forget the “whys” behind green crafting.
My friends Karen and Mary are launching a brand new line of DIY beauty craft kits — Herban Crafts — that are so much more than just materials and instructions. They strive to create the most eco-friendly kits and beauty products possible, and they are socially responsible to boot! Instead of getting their craft kits assembled in a far-off factory, they are hiring unemployed women in transitional housing as part of a job training program. That means that not only are Herban Crafts’ kits good for you and the planet, but each kit helps these women learn real-world job skills. Pretty awesome, right?
This elastic waist skirt took me about 30 minutes to make. It could take you a bit less time or a bit longer, depending on your skill level, but as making clothing goes it’s super duper simple. Here’s how to make your own elastic waist skirt tailored to your measurements.
I totally understand that not every crafter uses reclaimed materials or organic fabrics, but there are some processes that are common to every crafts business. Things like business cards, craft markets, and at least some degree of paperwork are common ground whether you’re making a living off of things you create.
Don’t you love crafting with security envelopes? I hate getting junk mail, but I love squirreling away all of that pretty, printed paper for crafting. Check out my tutorial over at Crafting a Green World on how to turn security envelopes into a miniature notepad to stay organized when you’re on the go!
On Saturday, the Indie Craft Experience hosted Salvage, a vintage show. She show included an upcycled mason jar competition! Here are my faves.
April is Earth Month, and that means that folks who might not be thinking year-round about making eco-friendly choices are taking some time to see how they can green up their lives. Crafters are no exception here. This month’s FaveCrafts podcast was all about reducing the impact in your crafty life, and I am thrilled that Amy asked me to be one of the guests on the show!
Are you all inspired now to wrap gifts in furoshiki fabric but aren’t sure where to start? One of the suggestions from Furoshiki Faric Wraps was to use a reclaimed scarf or vintage fabric, and I totally love that idea. If you want your furoshiki (or any fabric-based craft project) to have a more modern feel, though, you’re sometimes better off springing for new fabric.
Of course you want to avoid the conventional cotton, and why not support a crafty business at the same time, right? Here are some eco-friendly fabrics from indie designers!