Monthly Archives: December 2011

How To: New Year’s Eve “Resolution Tree”

December 30th, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

When I saw this Thanksgiving post from Dana at Make Them Wonder, I completely fell in love with her Thanksgiving tree. In the post, she explains that she created a tree for guests to hang what they are thankful for on cute little leaves that she cut out of paper. Her tree is so simple, yet beautiful-- and would be an amazing conversation piece. I decided that I would use Dana's idea and tweak it a little bit to become a New Year's Eve goal tree! I also made it more eco-friendly by using old newspaper instead of new paper. In addition to the New Year's Eve Banner I made yesterday, your New Year's Eve party will be off to a great start!


How To: A “Happy New Year” Banner from Old Christmas Cards

December 29th, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

All of our Christmas decorations are put away, but this stack of Christmas cards stayed on our counter. I always feel guilty about throwing them away--especially the personal, handwritten ones. However, with New Years Eve in mind, I came up with a way to reuse those old Christmas cards! Many New Years Eve parties have banners and lots of fun decorations, but are far from eco-friendly! What is the solution? Use your old Christmas cards to make a fun and unique banner for New Years Eve!


How-to: Add a Kangaroo Pocket to Your Favorite Skirt

December 28th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

I am a firm believer that skirts ought to have pockets. I mean, really - what garment isn't improved with a little pocket action, right? Clothing designers do not seem to agree with my pocket philosophy, though, which I think is a terrible shame. Luckily, with a little crafty know-how, you can add a pocket to almost any skirt to stash, say, your key, money, and ID for an evening out. Take that, pocket-haters!


Easy Organizational Pages to Include in Your Daily Planner

December 27th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

So whether you'll punch your pages and put them into a three-ring binder create your own multi-folio hand-bound book, I encourage you to consider crafting your own daily planner this year. If you're still on the fence, here are some of the types of pages that I'll be including in my own planner--if the thought of all these handy organizational tools that I'll have at my fingertips makes you jealous, then you're halfway to a DIY planner of your own


Five No-Pattern Potholder Projects

December 26th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

While you'll have to wait until after the holiday season for my own favorite nine-patch potholder tutorial (there's only so much craftiness I can do while spending Christmas ten hours away from my sewing machine), here are five more potholder tutorials that you're going to love. Some are scrappy, some are sturdy, some are cute, and none of them even require so much as a pattern to sew--how much easier could you get


Have Yourself a Crafty Little Christmas

December 24th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Here at CAGW, we are decking the halls with some handmade cheer, wrapping up the last of our handmade gifts, and spending some good old quality time with friends and family. You're probably doing the same, but just in case you want to get your last-minute Christmas craft on, we've got some projects for you!


How To: Inspiration Board for the New Year!

December 23rd, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

This week I upcycled a ceiling medallion from the thrift store and turned it into a beautiful inspiration board for the New Year! I know not everyone has a ceiling medallion, but I hope this project encourages you all to go out and find your own item to upcycle into an inspiration board. This is the perfect project to get you motivated to complete all of your goals in 2012!


5 Eco-Friendly Organizing Projects

December 22nd, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

Even though Christmas isn't here yet, I'm already thinking about my goals for the New Year! If you're anything like me, the New Year motivates me to get organized and generally deep clean my life (room, car, closet, etc). With organization on the brain, I want to share 5 incredible projects that will inspire you to get organized in 2012! Not only are these projects great for organizing, but they upcycle items you probably have around your home!


Reader Questions, Answered

December 21st, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Have you ever fallen into a crafty rut? Been stumped by something that you want to repurpose but just can't sort out how? Searched for an eco-friendly version of a craft supply with no luck? Well, lovely readers, we want to help!


How-to: Pretty Packaged Mason Jars for Gift Giving

December 20th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

If you give a lot of homemade gifts, you're probably well aware of the versatility of the Mason jar. Perfect for everything from spice mixes to cranberry granola, party mix to cake in a jar, Mason jars get passed around between me and my crafty friends and family like the holiday version of hot potato. The only thing about Mason jars is that..well...they look all the same. Sure, they're lovely enough, but so uniform! Fortunately, with a little fabric, some thread, and a bit of upcycled cardboard, you can package your Mason jar gifts for the holidays, personalizing them by gift or recipient or just making them look nicely festive


How-to: Painted Popcorn Garland

December 19th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

Popcorn garlands are a kid-friendly, easy, and fun holiday craft that the whole family can make together. Edible, natural popcorn is a great environmental choice, especially since you can simply take it outside to compost or leave for the birds and squirrels to enjoy after the holiday, and if you're looking for a food craft to do, then popcorn is also a great choice for everyone's tummies, since you won't have to worry about all that candy, meant for gingerbread houses or sugar cookies, that somehow ends up in your mouth! Of course, since I'm from the South, a plain white popcorn garland isn't nearly gaudy enough for me, so read on and I'll show you not only how to easily make a great popcorn garland, but also how to easily paint it to match (or NOT match!) your holiday decor


Green Business Cards: A Moo Review

December 17th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

As a crafty business owner, business cards are a must! I am all about making your own business cards if you have the time, but let's be honest: sometimes, you have to prioritize. When time doesn't allow for making cards, the next best thing is finding business cards that are as eco-friendly as possible


5 Ways to Upcycle Cookie Tins

December 16th, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

I always love getting cookies or homemade candy in a cute Christmas cookie tin! After all the goodies are gone, though, what should you do with the cookie tin? Save your cookie tins and give them a new purpose this season! Here are 5 awesome tutorials that will show you how to revamp your cookie tins


How To: Toilet Paper Roll “Christmas Lights”

December 15th, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

Christmas decorations can be very wasteful, so why not recycle items you already have around your home? I mentioned in my How To: Transform Christmas "Candles" post that I am addicted to using toilet paper rolls in craft projects. Well, my love for them has not changed-- especially after this project! I decided to take my love for toilet paper rolls and combine it with my love for Christmas decorations. It made a beautiful combination--toilet paper "Christmas Lights."


8 Awesome Wood Slice Craft Projects

December 14th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Free craft supplies that reduce landfill waste? Don't mind if I do! Here are some wood slice craft projects I found to use up the wood slices I snagged at the local hardware store


How-to: Beeswax and Fabric Scrap Ornaments

December 13th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

Beeswax ornaments are quite quick and simple to make. They'll be loved by anyone who has a tree (or a sunny window!) to decorate, and you'll love that they only require just a bit of beeswax and a narrow scrap of fabric for each ornament


Reader Question Answered: Upcycling a Daily Calendar

December 12th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

Because desk calendars are made of that most versatile of craft materials--paper!!!--you'll find that you can make some pretty great projects with them using some of our favorite methods here at CAGW. Here are five tutorials to get you started


Talking Waste, Consumerism, and Reuse with Reuse First

December 10th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

As always, I couldn't resist scouring this year's Indie Craft Experience for new green crafters on the scene, and the folks at Reuse First really stood out to me. Jeremiah and Michelle's mix of sweet and cheeky paper goods totally caught my eye, and they were kind enough to answer some questions about what they do and why they do it! Their insights into waste, reuse, and consumerism are really refreshing


5 Christmas Tree Projects From Recycled Materials

December 9th, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

As you could tell from my How To: Make a Mini Christmas Tree post, I love making little Christmas trees to decorate around the house. The bad thing about other DIY mini Christmas tree projects is that they aren't necessarily eco-friendly! However, I found five incredible eco-friendly projects that would be perfect around the house, on the Christmas dinner table, or even to give as a gift at a holiday party! Take a peek at these awesome tutorials and be inspired!


How To: Make A Recycled Gift Tag & Ornament

December 8th, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

After last week's post, How To: Laundry Cup Wall Art, I started thinking about other uses for rolled magazine pages. Then, I was inspired by Julie's Five Sustainable Wrapping Solutions post to create some recyclable gift solutions of my own! Put the two together, and I made my own gift tags that can double as ornaments!


How-to: Sew a Reusable Snack Bag

December 7th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Here's how you can make your very own reusable snack bag. This tutorial will make a 7" X 6.5" bag, which is a good size for little snacks or even a small sandwich. If you need something bigger or smaller, you can play around with the dimensions to whip up whatever size you like!



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