Browsing the "eco" Tag

How To: DIY Dishwasher Magnet

August 16th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

My roommates and I decided that we needed one of those dishwasher magnets that tells you whether the dishes are clean or dirty. Instead of buying a plastic one from the store, I decided to make one! Here's how you can make your own!


How To: Sheet Music Tree

August 9th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

This week on Pinterest, I came across a really adorable scrap book paper tree from Two Girls Being Crafty (via Everyday Mom Ideas). I loved the concept, so I decided to turn it into a completely upcycled project by using reclaimed sheet music instead of scrap book paper!


Reader Question: Cool Crafts with Old Computer Parts

July 27th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

One of our awesome readers, Abby, asked if we had any projects for old computer parts. In response to her question, we put together a round-up of 5 cool crafts with old computer parts! Grab your keyboards, circuit boards, etc, and get crafty!


How To: Eco-Friendly Picture Frame Wreath

July 6th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Have you come across the adorable picture frame wreaths on Pinterest like this one from A Glimpse Inside? I think they are so creative and colorful compared to the average wreath! I decided to make my own eco-friendly version of a picture frame wreath using recycled materials. Grab an empty picture frame and some recycled paper to make your own!


Top 5 Projects from the June Green Crafts Showcase!

July 5th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

It's time for more green crafts goodness from our Green Crafts Showcase! Like I said in the Top 5 Projects from the May Green Crafts Showcase post, please visit each of these sites and encourage them with your sweet comments!Here's the top 5 projects from June


How To: T-Shirt Wall Art

June 29th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

As my roommate went through her old clothes this week, she could not let go of one particular shirt. She loved the graphic, but she had outgrown the shirt. A previous post, Reader Tip: T-Shirt as Art, came to mind and I made this adorable wall art for her! If you have old t-shirts that you can no longer wear, but want to keep, this is the perfect project for you!


How To: Upcycle Candle Holders into Colorful Organizers!

June 22nd, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Do you remember my Upcycled Candle Holder into a Mini Easter Basket post? Well, I decided to give my candle holders another makeover so that I could use them daily, instead of once a year. Grab your candle holders, candle jars, or any small jar that you may have, and transform them into colorful organizers!


How To: Eco-Friendly “Sparklers”

June 15th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Have you seen this Fourth of July post from Martha Stewart? I absolutely loved the red, white, and blue pom-poms she used to decorate the buffet table for the Fourth of July, so I decided to make my own eco-friendly version!


How To: Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Tie Pot

June 8th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Last week on Pinterest, I came across an adorable Tie Pot from Make It and Love It. I thought I would make my own eco-friendly version using an empty coffee can and newspaper. This tie pot has so many possibilities and is the perfect gift for any dad! Let's get started!


DIY Father’s Day Gift Idea: Eco-Friendly Tool Box Gift Card Holder

May 31st, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Well, tomorrow is June 1st and you know what that means-- Father's Day is right around the corner! Is your dad just too hard to shop for? Most of the time, we get my dad a gift card because we're just not sure what to get him. I know that sounds boring, but gift cards don't have to be boring! I saw this paper tool box pin on pinterest this week and thought, "I bet I could make one of those to hold a gift card!" Dress up your gift card with this adorable eco-friendly tool box gift card holder!


5 Projects to Upcycle Your Summer Shells!

May 24th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

When I was younger (and even now) I loved to collect shells on the beach when my family went on vacation. When we got home, though, we had a ton of shells with no real purpose. Instead of storing them or throwing them away, try making these amazing craft projects!


10 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

May 11th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Let's face it, Mother's Day is two days away and even though I've warned you, you still haven't made anything for your mom. Well, no fear my friends, I've put together a list of fabulous eco-friendly and last minute gifts for Mother's Day!


How To: Water Bottle Candle Holder

May 10th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

First and foremost, it is important to avoid using plastic water bottles if at all possible. You can recycle them, but as Becky wrote in the Ten Projects for Plastic Bottles post, all of that recycling requires energy and not all bottles can be recycled. In that same post, Becky shared the idea of using a plastic bottle as a votive holder. I had a plastic bottle after hiking this week and decided to make my own version of a water bottle candle holder!


How To: Mother’s Day Plant “Flag”

May 3rd, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

When thinking about more Mother's Day ideas, I thought about how my mom prefers to receive a plant rather than flowers. Then, I remembered that Becky shared 5 awesome ideas for DIY plant markers last week. I've seen little plant markers before at hospitals where they say "It's a boy" or "Get well soon," so I decided to make a plant "flag" that says, "Happy Mother's Day!"


Buy Handmade: Jewelry Ideas for Mother’s Day!

April 26th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Mother's day is only a few weeks away on May 13-- are you ready for it? To give you plenty of time to plan, I wanted to introduce you to five incredible Etsy shops that you can buy jewelry from for Mother's Day. Not only are they unique and creative shops, but they use recycled materials when making their products! Oh, and did I mention that all of the items I'm sharing today are under $40? Instead of buying from a big box store this Mother's Day, consider buying handmade from shops like these!


10 Earth Day Ideas for Children!

April 19th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Did you know that Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22? Well, it is! I think it's important to inform children why it's so important to take care of the Earth-- they are the future generation and if we don't teach them, who will? Here are some fun projects to do together on Earth Day to give you an opportunity to talk with your children about how to be even more green!


5 Projects To Recycle Plastic Easter Eggs!

April 12th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Now that Easter is over and your children have eaten all of the candy in sight, what do you do with all of those plastic Easter eggs? Of course, one option is to store them in a safe place until next year (that way you don't have to continue to buy the eggs). If you want to get crafty, though, try out these awesome recycled Easter egg projects!


How To: Sponge Holder from a Shampoo Bottle

April 5th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

At my house we have a missing sponge issue-- you know, when the sponge gets lost among the huge pile of dishes. My roommate and I went to the store hoping to find a solution, but all we found were overpriced sponge holders. I realize $10-$20 is not a lot for some people, but when you're on a tight budget, it's too much for a silly sponge holder! I decided I would make our own holder. I had an empty shampoo bottle, so I went on Pinterest for some inspiration. When I found Make It and Love It's Holder for Charging a Cell Phone that was made from a lotion bottle, I thought, "I could hang my sponge from the faucet of the sink!" Here's how you can make your own


How-To: Medicine Bottle Vase

March 30th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

I love having fresh flowers around the house to bring color and life to a room. This week I decided to create a vase out of recycled materials to hold all of those gorgeous flowers! With a medicine bottle and toilet paper rolls, I created a beautiful vase to bring the outside, in!


How To: Embroidery Hoop Easter Eggs

March 23rd, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

This week my mom came to visit me from Florida and brought me a bunch of garage sale goodies! Among all of the treasures were two oval embroidery hoops. As soon as I saw them, I thought they looked like eggs so I decided upcycle them into adorable Easter eggs!



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