August 26th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
How to make your own greeting cards that aren't super cutesy and twee?
Include something vintage!
I made these DIY greeting cards not with rubber stamps of teddy bears or foam stickers of ducks in bonnets, but with vintage book pages. Pages trimmed from a ratty, torn copy of The Turn of the Screw and an old dictionary, embellished with paint, compose the front images of a set of all-purpose blank cards, suitable for either the kids or the adults in the family to use
July 2nd, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Got some yarn leftover after your last knitting project?
Wondering if you should stuff it back in your stash for perhaps forever? Pass it on? Trash it?
Instead, how about you thrill your favorite little kid by using that stash to knit him or her the most awesome, clever, modern doll outfits ever
July 1st, 2013 | by Julie Finn
It's no problem to find crafts for kids to do.
It's no problem to find crafts to do for kids.
Crafts that you can do along with your kids, however? Collaborative crafts that work well even when one participant is young and one is old? Projects that an adult doesn't have be bored by or bossy about, that a kid can contribute meaningfully to, that they'll both enjoy just as well?
Yeah, those are a little harder to come by
June 10th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Upcycled books are a fabulous craft, but making one always leaves you with one question to answer:
How to bind it
May 6th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Our version of Cool Water from Sew Pretty: T-Shirt Dresses is entitled Willow's Rock Star Dress, and has pink skulls, glow-in-the-dark bats, orange flames, and a guitar player wearing a sparkly silver tutu and crown.
August 4th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
We love a good upcycled craft project around here, so when Michael Welsh wanted to send me a review copy of his book, How to Make Crafts using Recycled Materials, I took him up on the offer
July 31st, 2012 | by Julie Finn
If you can't get enough of smash books, check out my review of Mahe Zehra Husain's newest e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Smash Books, Smashing and Making Your Own Upcycled Smash Books, then read to the end to learn how to receive your own free copy, as well as The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling and a series of video classes on upcycling paint chips into greeting cards
April 15th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Even for the greenest crafter, it's hard to keep plastic out of our processes, isn't it? You can do your best to cut back or choose recycled plastic materials, but at the end of the day it's really tough to create craft projects without using plastic.
That struggle is why I'm super excited about Plastic Free, a new book from Beth Terry of My Plastic Free Life. The book is all about kicking the plastic habit in all aspects of your life, and crafting is no exception. We're all about finding ways to get plastic out of our lives here at Crafting a Green World, so we're super proud that one of our former writers--Karen Lee--is quoted in the book.
February 21st, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Smash books are quicker, easier, and more creatively amenable to recycled components than traditional scrapbooks can be, and frankly I much prefer the look of a smash book to that of your typical carefully engineered scrapbook. If you'd like some more examples, then please feel free to take a look below at my own upcycled smash book--it's by no means perfect, but the beauty of a smash book is that it isn't meant to be perfect. Instead, it's meant to be meaningful, fun, crafted with lots of upcycled materials and stash components, and beloved by its recipient
February 20th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Whether you'd like to use a wax seal on a letter, a gift, or your own altered art, this candle + stamp method is just as quick and easy as using traditional sealing wax supplies--and it's cheaper!