Showing posts with label earth day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label earth day. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

How to make an envelope for a card from a cereal box

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft! If you want to learn how to make an envelope from materials you already have at home, I'm your girl!

This fun tutorial will teach you how to fold an envelope from an empty food box. Your kids and tweens will love learning the secret of envelope making from trash!

This DIY envelope is perfect for brightening someone's day by sending snail mail...or a fabulous custom Valentine card!

Or Mother's Day!

Or Christmas!

OR what about Earth Day? How fitting! I think we should all start sending Earth Day cards made from recycled materials. Who's with me?

You can learn how to make an envelope that's just the right size for a card with any paper board (or lightweight cardboard) food box.

Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, you name it - the inside of a paper board food box is perfect for decorating and doodling on.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Kids Play Tent Project

When my first blog was in its infancy, one of my most popular projects was a DIY kids play tent. 

That project and those (terrible) photos are long gone now but I still love a good play tent!

When I was sent a review copy of Upcycling Outdoors by Max McMurdo, I saw his take on a play tent using pallet wood and fell in love with it.

I invited Max to come teach you guys how he made his awesome DIY pallet project into kids glamping tent!

Check out Max's tutorial below and then be sure to pick up a copy of his book, Upcycling Outdoors. You can find it at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Easy DIY pallet project

Carissa

Upcycling isn’t just for adults – in fact being creative with junk really brings out the child in me!

When I was growing up I’m pretty sure I spent my entire school holidays building dens.

The joy of this design is that you can create a magical space in your garden or a den for the kids using just two identical pallets, some fabric or a bed sheet, a hammer, and nails.

The joy of using pallets the same size is that the wood is already the right length so you don’t even need to cut anything!

That means you can get the kids involved.

What could be better than helping your children create their own teepee out of reclaimed materials and then watching them make it their own, enjoying the great outdoors with their friends.

Of course, if you’re a big kid like me you might consider creating a larger, adult-sized teepee using more than two pallets and a couple of bed sheets.

To add a real magical sense of fairytale glamour, dress it up with lots of scatter cushions, some soft throws and a string of battery operated lights.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Adorable kawaii unicorn craft project - turn an empty jar into a rainbow unicorn. It's the perfect unicorn gift for your friend obsessed with unicorn stuff!
If you love rainbow unicorns, you will LOVE this adorable kawaii unicorn craft!

Hi Creative Green Living friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a super fun kawaii unicorn craft with you. Rainbow unicorns are the most magical creatures. So, of course when looking for inspiration for my latest recycled craft, I went in a kawaii unicorn direction.

Inspired by the magical rainbow unicorn, and this unicorn mason jar succulent planter takes the prize for "most coveted" of unicorn crafts. It would make the perfect gift for your friend obsessed with unicorn stuff. 

Hosting a unicorn party? Make a bunch of these rainbow unicorn mason jar planters and use them as party decorations. They double as the perfect unicorn party favor!

This project is easy to make in an afternoon and a fun craft for tweens and teens. Absolutely adorable, and when you see how simple it is, you'll be kawaii unicorn crazy, too!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

How to turn an upcycled t-shirt into a pillow. Hot pink heart shaped pillow with gold wonder woman symbol centered on it.
Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing a fun upcycled clothing craft with you. Do you have stacks of worn out t-shirts with fun graphics? Maybe some old band shirts, sentimental shirts from a loved one or some shirts that just don't fit anymore?

Let me teach you how to turn that old t-shirt into a pillow! This upcycled t-shirt pillow craft is a great beginning sewing project for older children or teens.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I love you plant marker recycled craft idea

This clever recycled craft idea lets you turn empty tin can lids into adorable plant markers. Use them as garden markers to help you remember what you planted where. You can also stamp other messages onto the lids to make them into a combination plant marker and gift tag. Tell a teacher "You're the best!" or tell mom "Happy Mother's Day". Giving a plant to someone who has a bit of a brown thumb? Maybe try a cheeky "Water me!" along with a second tag telling them the type of plant it is.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tetra Pak. All opinions are 100% mine.
Can you recycle cans? What about styrofoam? Learn what you can recycled that you might have been throwing away
Recycling is one of the cornerstones of sustainability. The more products that you can reuse or recycle, the fewer things end up in landfills or the [not so] Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch. I have lots of great ideas for how to reuse your trash and turn it into something awesome (check out more than 100 recycled project ideas here!). If your product has reached the end of its usable life, it's time to recycle it if you can.

Of course, if you don't know which things you can recycle you can't do that! While I cover things that are possible to be recycled below, be sure to check with your local recycling service to see where the best place to recycle is. Some of these things can be picked up with your curbside recycling and others might need to be brought to a drop off location.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

This post is brought to you by ThredUP for Earth Day 2018.
How to choose an earth day shirt that also helps the planet

You know the eco slogan that took hold in the 90's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? So often people jump straight to the third one to get their eco pat on the back but really reducing and reusing are so important! When it comes to eco-friendly clothing, reusing clothing - by buying and wearing goods that already exist instead of making new ones is THE BEST choice you can make when looking for clothing that has the smallest footprint and environmental impact.

This gets tricky, of course, if you don't have time to dig through thrift stores or if the style and size of clothing you prefer isn't available at your local thrift shop. That's why I love what ThredUP is doing. ThredUP is the world's largest online thrift store with over 35 thousand brands at up to 90% off retail prices. Clothing gets reused instead of ending up in the landfill. You save money on your clothing. Everybody wins! They are truly an eco-friendly clothing brand!
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Friday, March 23, 2018

learn how to make a fairy house
Have you made a fairy garden yet? You can check out the fairy garden I made last year, here

This year, I'm upping my fairy garden game with a DIY fairy house that I made myself. 

But this isn't just any fairy house! This fairy house is made from recycled materials AND it's solar powered! 

The solar powered roof collects sunlight during the day--and then at night, the windows of the fairy house will glow! Sweet!
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

recycled craft using galaxy painting technique
Hi everyone, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun recycled craft with you. I love everything galaxy so of course I am obsessed with the galaxy painting trend. It is so relaxing and therapeutic to paint a galaxy, there is no wrong way to do it. Vincent Van Gogh said "The sight of stars makes me dream".  So let's get dreaming with this fun recycled craft inspired by Disney's A Wrinkle in Time!
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How to make an envelope out of paper magazine pages

While envelopes aren't exactly expensive, making envelopes out of paper - like scrapbook paper, junk mail or magazines - is a fun way to recycle and get super cute envelopes at the same time! This sample envelope, for example, was made from the paper cover of Real Simple magazine. Beautiful!

Once you learn how to make an envelope, you'll want to do it all the time! There is no better way to make your mail stand out and feel special than sending it in a cool envelope. Making envelopes from paper is easy enough that elementary age kids, preteens and teens can do it as a fun rainy day project. And who wouldn't love to get mail in a special, custom made envelope?

Ready to learn how to make envelopes out of paper you have at home? Let's do it!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Don't you love going to the stores this time of year and seeing the aisles bristling with school supplies?  I do.  I love new pencils, cheap pens and all the accessories to go with them.  This year instead of just buying everything new, take a minute and make a recycled candy wrapper pencil pouch.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Best Guardians of the Galaxy craft: How to make a baby groot chia pet inspired planter
Is a Groot Chia Pet on your Christmas wish list? If you love baby Groot and are dying to grow your own chia pet style Groot planter, I have a super fun DIY project for you!

This is a super unique recycled craft - I'll bet you've never imagined using toilet paper rolls quite this way!

I love baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. The baby version of him makes his sacrifice in the first movie so fun. He didn't die and we get to enjoy a cuter version for a while.

I love at the end credits of the first movie to see him dancing in the planter to the music. 
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Aren't cassette tapes the coolest?  They bring back some fabulous childhood memories.  Making mixed tapes of all the best songs by recording the radio. Rewinding, untangling that tape, and the inevitable glitches mid-song from a snagged tape. My children will never understand the wonders of the cassette tape.  Did you ever use cassettes? Do you still have some hanging around?  They are the perfect recycled craft medium for this fun planter. I got a bunch from my church when they were getting rid of the antiquated technology.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.
Even though Earth Day was last week, there is still one week left in Earth Month! And since every month is "Earth Month" here at Creative Green Living, Tom's of Maine asked us to partner with them to tell you about their great line up of products (some of which are only available at Target) AND share a fun upcycled project with you as part of the #lesswastechallenge.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One of my favorite ways to put recycled goods to use is in the garden. It's amazing what you can upcycle into pretty, funny or quirky garden art with just a little paint, glue and imagination! Check out these great DIY ideas that you can make with anything from old tires to plastic bottles, mismatched silverware or old hubcaps!
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Sunday, October 9, 2016


If you need a way to add some green to the inside of your home, succulents are a great way to do it! Make these adorable planters out of recycled cans, burlap and lace and in just a few minutes you'll be ready with your own console table-worthy creation!

Costa Farms partnered with me on this post and provided these great succulents from their desert escape collection. Look for Costa Farms succulents at your local Home Depot and Lowe's stores.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

How to make a DIY skirt out of recycled jeans sewing tutorial

Have you ever wondered how to Refashion a pair of Jeans into a Jean Skirt?

This step-by-step tutorial will show you exactly how to make an adorable jean skirt for girls or ladies of any age or size from a pair of denim pants.

Forget Tommy Hilfiger, LL Bean, Saks Fifth Avenue (or any other designer or retailer selling similar skirts this season!) - you can make this one for just a fraction of the price.

Of course, if you already have a pair of jeans on hand that will work, you can do it for free!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015



Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I bet I'm not the only one who has a pile of weirdly-sized fabric scraps sitting in my office, waiting for me to do something with them. I'm great about using MOST of the fabric I buy, but then I get to the end of a project and the reject pieces just... stay there. My bad. I did figure out how to use one of them, though, so that's progress! Today I have an easy tutorial for making a teacup pin cushion out of that pesky extra material. (Bonus points for also using the orphan teacup I found in my china cabinet. #multitasking)
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015



You get new tires for your vehicle and then what? In many places, those tires are going straight to the landfill. Instead, ask to keep your old tires and turn them into an adorable hanging planter! Tires are great for planting ornamentals - don't use them to plant edibles because they leach toxic chemicals into the soil that you don't want to eat! Since these planters just have flowers (and a friendly garden gnome!), this is the perfect way to use them.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015



Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I'm back with another easy sewing project. And I define easy as "if you can sew in a straight line, you can do this." Now that the weather is (mostly) cooperating and we're starting to spend a lot of time outside, I like to have a summery tote bag I can grab for snacks, water, sunscreen, etc. I wasn't finding anything at the store that made my heart sing, so I thought, heck, I'll just do it myself. You can grab t-shirts from the back of your closet or hit up a thrift store to find a cute pattern.
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