Monthly Archives: October 2011

Five Upcycled Autumn Buntings and Garlands

October 31st, 2011 | by Julie Finn

If you'd like to make decorations that you can leave up from now through Thanksgiving, check out these five tutorials for fall garlands and autumn buntings that make use of upcycled materials


Make an Upcycled Cardboard Leaf Garland for Autumn

October 30th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

As long as recycled cardstock or cardboard fits my color scheme (and painting counts!), I like to upcycle it into temporary holiday garlands to decorate those last bits of uncluttered surface in my house. Read on to see that my red Valentine heart garlands (made from Target photo processing envelopes) and my yellow and green autumn leaf garlands (made from Crayola boxes) are easy to make, and would look pretty great in your house, too


DIY Halloween is Greener, Kinder

October 26th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Here in the U.S., we're predicted to spend over $7 billion on Halloween this year. That's billion. And most of what we're buying is not so great for the planet. This year, use your crafty prowess to have a greener, kinder Halloween


How-to: Make Upcycled Tin Lanterns for Halloween

October 25th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Halloween decorations can be incredibly wasteful, but they don't have to be! You could buy plastic decorations that you'll probably only use once, but with a little crafty know-how, you can whip up your own custom decorations that are less wasteful and have a whole lot of heart. Karen showed you how to mummify glass candle holders and make paper luminary covers, and you can use reclaimed tin cans to make some light-up Halloween decorations, too!


How-to: Autumn Leaf Mobile

October 23rd, 2011 | by Julie Finn

A light and airy mobile, whether it's hung over the dining room table or the kitchen sink, is a wonderful way to show off the colorful autumn leaves that you've preserved, and it's a fall decoration that easily works all the way through Thanksgiving


10 Crafty Ideas for Old Books

October 19th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

If you're an avid thrifter, it's easy as pie to find well-loved books to craft with. Have you amassed a collection of books that need a crafty makeover? Here are 10 projects to get you started!


How-to: Make Glue-Free Book Page Bunting

October 18th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Confession time: I am obsessed with bunting. Anything strung up in a row just seems strikes me as so sweet and eye-catching. When one of my very favorite people had a birthday coming up, I decided to whip up a bit of bunting for his party. He's an amazing writer, so book pages felt like the perfect medium for his birthday streamer. Here's how you can make your own!


Five Must-Try Acorn Crafts for the Autumn

October 17th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

Crafting with acorns is also special because you'll always know that you collected them yourself--who would pay money for acorns!?!--and I bet that if you're anything like me, whenever you look at the projects that you created with them, you'll think back to your happiest autumn memories from that year


How to Make Beeswax-Coated Paper

October 16th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

Hand-dipping paper in beeswax gives it the patina of an antique and is a chemical-free way to preserve it. Here's how to make your own beeswax paper.


Fall Crafts: 4 Ways to Preserve Autumn Leaves

October 10th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

Preserving autumn leaves allows you to use their beautiful colors in fall crafts all year long. Even if you already have a go-to method for preserving leaves, check out these other options--you might discover a way that will work even better for a particular project, or you might find a new favorite preservation method altogether


Halloween Craft Roundup

October 7th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

Halloween doesn't have to be wasteful. With a little bit of imagination and planning, you can have an eco-friendly Halloween. Let's explore what Halloween decor and costumes we can make to make Halloween greener.


How-to: Make a Witch’s Hat

October 6th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

A witch is one of the simplest and the easiest characters to be on Halloween. Put on a black outfit and a pointy hat, and you are reading to party. But buying one of those cheap plastic or polyester ones that last a short time is very wasteful. Here is how to make a witch's hat that will last year after year.



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