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Published on December 30th, 2016 | by Julie Finn

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Crafting a Green World’s Best of 2016

It’s been a crazy year, y’all! We did a lot of crafting here on Crafting a Green World in 2016. We did stuff to Girl Scout cookie boxes, ripped jeans, and ugly picture frames. We crafted with leaves, fallen twigs, and flowers. We crafted vegan and we crafted with beeswax and wool.

I’ve got my own favorites of 2016, but this particular post is all about YOU.

What were YOUR favorite posts in 2016?

Thanks to site stats, here they are (in descending order):

10. The 20 Best Bird Feeders That You Can Make

Best of Crafting a Green World 2016: Homemade Bird Feeders

Y’all LOVE to feed the birds! Until we moved to our current house, which has actual windows, I didn’t quite understand the pleasure, myself, but now I’m super into it, too. These upcycled milk carton bird feeders that my Girl Scout troop made back in June are still going strong on our own windows.

9. 40 DIY Projects to Create with Vintage Sheet MusicBest of Crafting GreenIf you love upcycling AND you love vintage things, then this round-up is the best of both worlds for you. And don’t be afraid that you’re going to ruin some priceless antique sheet music. Do your research, of course, but I can assure you that absolutely gorgeous, completely run-of-the-mill pieces of vintage sheet music are a dime a dozen (or even cheaper!) at your nearest flea market.

8. 13 DIY Playhouses to Make This Summer

Best of Crafting a Green World: 13 DIY Playhouses that You Can Build

A playhouse is such a great gift for a kid, and as this post shows you, that playhouse doesn’t have to be some sort of plastic Little Tykes monstrosity. Whether you like sewing or woodworking, crafting with upcycled materials or with totally natural ones, you can find the perfect playhouse for your kiddo in this round-up.

7. How to Make Glue with Natural Ingredients (Five Recipes)

Best of 2015: How to Make Natural Glue

If you like to craft with natural materials, then it can get tricky when it comes to glue. A sure bet is always to just make the dang stuff yourself–you’ll know exactly what’s in it, and it’s generally far cheaper, too. Natural glues are also great for kids. No, these don’t taste good (ugh, would you want them to?), but if your kid pops a bit in her mouth, at least you know what she’s tasting.

6. Turn a Flat Sheet into a Fitted Sheet in Ten Minutes Flat

Best of Crafting a Green World 2016: How to Turn a Flat Sheet into a Fitted Sheet FAST: Best of 2015

The trick to this tutorial is to measure your flat sheet first! Some people had trouble with this tute when I first posted it, and it took me forever to finally figure out the problem: not all flat sheets fit the “standard” size. Wear and tear can warp fabric, and some fabric might have suffered a lot of shrinkage in its first couple of washings. Whatever is the case for your own sheets, measure twice BEFORE you cut!

5. 30 Awesome DIY Projects Using Newspaper

30 Awesome DIY Projects Using Newspaper!

It might seem a little counter-intuitive for an editor of a green crafting site, but I am deeply attached to our local newspaper. Yes, it does produce a lot of waste, but it’s one of the very few things that are worth that amount of waste. I know that a lot of you feel the exact same way, because I can see in our site stats how interested you are in newspaper upcycling crafts!

4. How to Refresh Black Clothing with Fabric Dye

Best of 2015

This is my secret little trick, because I wear a LOT of black. It works best with tops, not bottoms, although I’ve successfully dyed black jeans before (and also unsuccessfully…). Pro tip: you can also overdye pretty much any other color of fabric to a nice black, just in case you need even more black T-shirts!

3. 3 Natural Fabric Stiffeners to Make at Home

Best of Crafting Green: Best of 2015

The usage of fabric stiffeners goes way beyond just starching your table linens. You can do a lot of interesting things with fabric if it’s stiffened, and with these recipes, you’ll also know exactly what’s in your fabric stiffener–and it’s way cheaper than store-bought, too.

2. 25 Ways to Recycle CDs and DVDs

Best of Crafting a Green World 2016

In this age of digital entertainment, CDs and DVDs are going the way of the vinyl record (which I also love to craft with!). Don’t just toss out those scratched discs, though–not when there are so many other awesome things to do with them!

1. 50 DIY Toilet Paper Roll Crafts You Need to See!

Best of Crafting a Green World 2016

If there is an upcycled material more popular than toilet paper tubes, then I do not know what it is. Toilet paper tubes are endlessly useful, magical materials that are apparently able to be made into anything that anyone would ever need. Don’t believe me? Click through to this round-up of 5o, and tell me if you don’t find something that you totally want to make.

P.S. Curious about what was popular in years past? Check out our Best of 2015, and our Best of 2014.

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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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