About Julie Finn

Julie Finn I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



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26 Brown Paper Bag Crafts

November 23rd, 2016 | by Julie Finn

I know that this former grocery store standard is happily being phased out in many areas, but if you've still got a stash under your sink, then check out some of these brown paper bag crafts and get it cleared out before Christmas!


Buying Clothes that MATTER

November 16th, 2016 | by Julie Finn

Today on Crafting a Green World, we’re taking a look at MATTER, a socially-motivated business focusing on affordable luxury, thoughtful design, and provenance to create travel wear with stories to tell


How to Make a Teacup Candle

November 11th, 2016 | by Julie Finn

If made correctly, a teacup candle is beautiful, useful, and endlessly refillable. You'll love its warm light and gentle scent, and you'll enjoy your teacup candle far more than you would a boring old store-bought container candle


11 Disposable Coffee Cup Crafts

November 9th, 2016 | by Julie Finn

Even if you're careful and eco-conscious, every now and then you probably use a disposable coffee cup. Don't throw it out! Try these disposable coffee cup crafts instead


How to Make a Teacup Candle Holder

November 7th, 2016 | by Julie Finn

If you like the look of the teacup candle, but don't necessarily want to put forth the time and effort to make one, then let me talk you out of that and into the just as pretty, but MUCH simpler, alternate: the teacup candle holder


15 Thanksgiving Nature Crafts

October 26th, 2016 | by Julie Finn

From colorful leaves to acorns to pretty gourds, you'll find plenty of beautiful things in the great outdoors to make the following festive projects



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