October 29th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell
I am super passionate about reusing because I love taking one person's "trash" and turning it into treasure! So many people take the easy way out and go to big box stores on items they could easily find at garage sales and thrift stores. Buying second hand reduces landfill waste and helps you skip the impact of buying new! To help inform and inspire you, I put together the top 5 items that I look for when I go to garage sales and thrift stores
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!"
April 27th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell
Make Mother's Day even more special by making your mom a recycled paper brooch!
April 20th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell
Instead of throwing away those ugly free magnets you receive from companies, transform them with paint chips!
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!
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
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!
March 29th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell
All of this beauty inspires me to create my own slice of spring in my yard. This week I found 5 upcycled and unique projects garden ideas for spring to get us started!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!