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5 DIY Scarves for Fall

October 18th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Fall is here and the cooler weather has arrived! My favorite accessory for cool weather is a scarf. After finding tons of tutorials for scarves, I decided to put together 5 of my favorite DIY scarves!


Music Wall Art, Part 2

September 27th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Remember my first Music Wall Art idea? Well, here's part 2! My roommates and I had a large blank space over our couch that was driving me insane! I didn't want to buy any artwork from a big box store, so I decided to create my own. I've seen several projects on Pinterest that have lyrical artwork and they inspired me to make my own "It is Well" wall art. You can adapt this with your own favorite quote or lyric too! Here's how to do it!


Why do you craft green?

July 21st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

I got the chance to chat with the ladies over at Celbrate Green about green crafting, and it got me thinking about why choosing eco-friendly craft supplies is important to me. It also made me curious about you guys! What made you decide to ditch conventional craft supplies in favor of one that are better for the planet? What does green crafting mean to you? I'll tell you mine, and I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!


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!


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!


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!"


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!


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: Make a Decorative Bird’s Nest for Spring!

March 16th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

This week on Pinterest, I saw a tutorial from Country Living on how to make a paper mache bird's nest. I wanted to create something similar, but I wanted it to look like a real bird's nest. I went outside and gathered some sticks off the ground and made my own decorative bird's nest for Spring!


5 Fun and Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Projects!

March 8th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

St. Patrick's Day is next Saturday, March 17-- have you crafted for it yet? The only projects I've made so far are the Toilet Paper Roll Shamrocks. I needed inspiration to make my St. Patrick's Day even more crafty! To get all of us inspired, I found 5 fun and eco-friendly projects for us to try!


Make a Shamrock from a Toilet Paper Roll

March 2nd, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

After posting last week's project, Upcycled Candle Holder into a Mini Easter Basket, I realized I completely skipped over St. Patrick's Day! To get some inspiration, I visited Pinterest. I found an adorable St. Patrick's Day banner tutorial from The Crafting Chicks that I loved! I especially liked the "leaves" of the shamrock that were made from hearts. Then, I remembered a post that I saw on TPcraft.com, where they made toilet paper rolls into hearts. Combining the two amazing projects, I came up with toilet paper roll shamrocks!


Toilet Paper Roll Valentine

January 27th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

This Valentine's Day, make something different and fun for your kids to hand out to their friends-- a toilet paper roll Valentine! It's more eco-friendly and they are one-of-kind Valentines!


How To: Cardboard & Toilet Paper Roll Tree

January 20th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

This week I wanted to create a project that brought the outside, in (because it's too cold to go outside right now!). I looked around my house for inspiration and I found a cardboard box and toilet paper rolls. I've done projects with toilet paper rolls before like the Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Lights and the Christmas "Candle" Cover, but I wanted to make something more natural-looking. Drawing inspiration from a fall project I did on my personal blog, I created a Cardboard and Toilet Paper Roll Tree!


Reader Question: 5 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags!

January 19th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Before we get into 5 ways you can recycle plastic bags, I want to encourage you first and foremost to use reusable grocery bags instead of plastic bags. However, there are those days when we forget our reusable ones, and I know not all of our friends and family use reusable grocery bags. With all of that said, here are five unique ways to reuse plastic bags!


How To: Sheet Music Bottle

January 13th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Most people know I love crafting, so they always give me items that they think I could use (which I absolutely love!). My friend and her family saved a few wine bottles for me after one of their family gatherings and I was so excited to do a a project with them! Then, a few weeks ago, I found several books of sheet music at a thrift store for 50 cents each. Add these items together and you get a really fun and recycled decor piece-- a sheet music bottle!


New Year Cleaning: 5 Projects for Your Old T-Shirts

January 5th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

If you're anything like me, the New Year makes me want to reorganize and clean! Often times I go through my clothes to see what fits, what needs to be "retired," etc. If you can't refashion your wardrobe like Becky shared yesterday, there are even more options! Hang on to your old t-shirts to try out these amazing projects! For example, perhaps there are some shirts that you would love to keep for sentimental reasons, or one that has a really fun pattern, but just doesn't fit anymore-- these are the perfect shirts to recycle! The only problem you will have is deciding which one of these projects you should try first!


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!


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!



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