March 11th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
I'll show you how we made our restaurant book using the eco-friendly supplies given to us by Full Circle Crafts, and--best yet--tell you how you can enter a giveaway to win even more Full Circle Crafts supplies
March 4th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Kids love to play Memory! Here are a ton of handmade memory games that you can craft using sustainable supplies
February 12th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Scrapbooking chipboard is really easy to repaint and embellish. Here's how I did it
February 6th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe
Confession: I love making Valentine's Day crafts, because I love cutting out heart shapes! This upcycled heart streamer is a fun DIY Valentine's Day decoration that you can whip up in under an hour
January 28th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Have a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces? You totally do!
January 9th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe
It's super simple - and fun! - to create custom DIY art using old book pages! Here's how I made this space art for our baby's nursery
January 8th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Kids love to make their own jewelry, and these pendants, crafted from upcycled cardboard, are especially fun to create and wear. The pendants cost no money, slip easily inside a letter to a pen pal, and, if the kid gets tired of wearing them, can be tossed right back into the recycling bin
December 24th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Store-bought wrapping paper offends me for a lot of reasons--the wasted money, the wasted resources, the energy misspent on buying ephemeral window dressing instead of focusing on family time.
And yet brown paper bags and sheets of newspaper, the go-to gift wrap for the thrifty and eco-minded, aren't so much...well...cute.
To solve the cuteness dilemma, I spent a lot of effort decorating my first several packages with various upcycled materials and stash components. And then...
...I did something different
December 18th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Worried that in twenty years you'll have trouble remembering what it was that your little kid wanted more than anything else for Christmas this year?
Record their wish lists for posterity with an ornament!
December 10th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Here's how to turn yesterday's newspaper into a temporary toy that your kids will love using to increase their spatial reasoning abilities
December 5th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
There's something so sweet about little origami puffy hearts!
October 17th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Got some old books that need a little love? Check out 10 creative ways to upcycle old books into something new!
October 15th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
See how proud that kiddo looks? She and I made that witch's hat, the exactly perfect Halloween costume accessory, out of recycled newspaper and cardboard (and a lot of tape!). Considering that everything except for the tape and paint came from our recycling bin, and that this is EXACTLY the tall, polka-dotted hat that she had wanted, I'm declaring it a Halloween win
September 29th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor
We're super-excited to share this reclaimed cardboard box project from Monica T. Blas! Her play city is so cute and looks like a lot of fun. Monica has a new ebook of upcycled crafts that's coming out soon, and you can check out deets on that below!
September 28th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell
Can you believe that next Monday is October 1st? In preparation, I was browsing Pinterest for unique pumpkin ideas. I came across this awesome tutorial from Two Paper Divas and knew I had to try it! Instead of using scrapbook paper, though, I decided to make this project even more eco-friendly by using book pages!
September 25th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Need a gift bag, or a box of exactly a certain size?
Check out my personal collection of my favorite templates and patterns for DIY bags and boxes of all shapes and sizes, along with my suggestions for what recycled or scrap materials would be best to make each from.
September 22nd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Don't you just love crafting with old maps? They add a beautiful sense of place and nostalgia to paper craft projects! Got some old maps handy but not sure what to do with them? We've got you covered with a few fun map craft projects!
September 19th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Don't you just love old maps? Whether they're from a town where you used to live or a special road trip, maps remind us of where we've been. Next time you discover an old map, you can make a paper garland instead of tossing it in the recycle bin. What I love best about this project is that it's super simple, and it's scalable. I used 7 hearts to decorate a wall shelf, but you could cut out dozens and make one to hang all the way across a wall!
September 17th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Alcohol ink is the perfect pigment for painting on non-porous surfaces like plastic or metal, but it's also crazy expensive. Make DIY alcohol ink instead!
Fortunately, you can make your own DIY alcohol ink using the rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet and that stash of dried-out markers cluttering your art supplies cabinet. The DIY alcohol ink works great, costs basically nothing, and helps recycle those resource-wasteful markers
August 31st, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell
I'm so excited for fall that I'm already coming up with fall craft projects. My first mission this week was to make a fall wreath for our front door!
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
July 17th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
A message in a bottle makes a fun invitation for a pirate- or ocean-themed party. You can make this invitation almost entirely out of upcycled materials, and yes--you can mail it!