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No-Smudge DIY Chalkboard Puzzles with Martha Stewart Crafts®

Baby & Kids, Recycled Crafts

Turn wooden puzzles into no-smudge DIY chalkboard puzzles using Martha Stewart Crafts® Chalkboard paint, Erasable Liquid Chalk and new chalkboard-inspired stencils. The liquid chalk design stays put on the chalkboard puzzle until you erase...No-Smudge DIY Chalkboard Puzzles with Martha Stewart Crafts®... »
 
 

Stencil an Infinity Scarf Using Recycled T-Shirts

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Fall, Recycled Crafts, Spring, Under $10, Winter

I made this DIY infinity scarf from a recycled t-shirt in exactly one nap time. Fresh, yes? It looks like I bought it at a Chicago boutique or etsy or Renegade Craft Fair but...Stencil an Infinity Scarf Using Recycled T-Shirts... »
 

 

Make DIY Valentine Day’s Cards using Recycled Magazines

Holidays, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day, Winter

Make these super cute DIY Valentine's Day cards by recycling magazines and catalogs. Just rip out colors from catalogs and magazines and glue them onto paper. Easy! I made a couple Valentine's Day card...Make DIY Valentine Day’s Cards using Recycled Magazines... »
 
 

Make a Valentine Card Using Recycled Security Envelopes

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day, Winter

Recycle a security envelope into a heartfelt Valentine's Day card with just a few punches and pastes. Years ago I saw a design*sponge post from derek & lauren that turned security envelopes inside out...Make a Valentine Card Using Recycled Security Envelopes... »
 

 

Handmade Christmas Cards from Recycled Magazines

Christmas, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

Thanks to Tesco for collaborating on this guest post. Although many Christmas cards are produced from sustainable sources, nothing beats making your own! Handmade cards are highly personal – both in terms of the...Handmade Christmas Cards from Recycled Magazines... »
 
 

Make a DIY Winter Hat from Recycled Sweaters

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

Recycling sweaters into winter hats is an oldie but a goodie because it's cheap and useful and makes a great DIY gift. Check out this cute winter hat that Elise and I made from...Make a DIY Winter Hat from Recycled Sweaters... »
 

 

Thanksgiving napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Here are some super easy fall napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags that you can easily make the night before your Thanksgiving feast. And these Thanksgiving napkin rings double as place cards....Thanksgiving napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags... »
 
 

DIY Pillow from a Pile of Leftover Sofa Fabric Swatches

Free Patterns, Home, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects

Oh sofa indecision. I had it bad. So bad that I ended up with an embarrassingly large pile of sofa fabric swatches from Room & Board and Crate & Barrel. Thank goodness I finally...DIY Pillow from a Pile of Leftover Sofa Fabric Swatches... »
 
 

Curved baby burp cloth tutorial {free pattern}

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This curved baby burp cloth tutorial and free pattern is reversible, recycled, and super easy to make -- you'll be able to knock out this burp cloth pattern in no time flat. During my...Curved baby burp cloth tutorial {free pattern}... »
 
 

DIY Garden Seed Markers from Recycled Plastic Salad Containers

Earth Day, Home, Recycled Crafts, Spring, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These free DIY printable garden seed markers are made from recycled plastic salad containers. The packrat in me always kinda feel bad about throwing these plastic salad containers away so thought I'd try to...DIY Garden Seed Markers from Recycled Plastic Salad Containers... »
 
 

Recycled Craft Ideas for Earth Day

Earth Day, Recycled Crafts

Earth Day is all about reducing, reusing and recycling. And I have a real weakness for recycled crafts. I love looking at something like a Saran Wrap cardboard tube or an empty formula carton...Recycled Craft Ideas for Earth Day... »
 
 

How to etch a glass vase and free monogrammed DIY glass etching template

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Mother's Day, Recycled Crafts, Under $10

Etching glass. What a cool DIY way to recycle those generic glass vases from floral deliveries into something that ends up looking pretty darn elegant. And I'm sharing my free monogrammed printable glass etching...How to etch a glass vase and free monogrammed DIY glass etching template... »
 
 

Oatmeal container straw game for babies and toddlers

Baby & Kids, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Today's craft is for babies and toddlers about 15 months to 2 years old: a straw game made out of a cardboard oatmeal container. All you need is an empty Quaker oatmeal canister, a...Oatmeal container straw game for babies and toddlers... »
 
 

Custom fabric-covered Huggies baby wipes popup tub container {free pattern}

Baby & Kids, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10

My baby wipes pop-up container box has become a fixture on Elise's shelf so I thought why not make it extra pretty? So I decided customize it by covering it with fabric. Here's what...Custom fabric-covered Huggies baby wipes popup tub container {free pattern}... »
 
 

Ring Holder Made From A Recycled Egg Carton

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Weddings

I made this ring holder from a recycled cardboard egg carton as a gift for my friend Debbie's recent engagement. Would you ever guess that this ring holder was made out of a recycled...Ring Holder Made From A Recycled Egg Carton... »
 
 

DIY photo frame masking tape craft

Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10

Today's photo frame craft idea is all about recycling. I used masking tape pieces to cover an old red photo frame that I almost gave away to Goodwill and voila! A whimsical, throwback photo...DIY photo frame masking tape craft... »
 
 

45 vinyl records used as frames for wall art

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Vintage Inspired

My DJ friend Chad creates free compilation music mixes for anyone who asks. Being the lucky recipient of many said mixes, I wanted to make Chad something to thank him for the tunes. Chad...45 vinyl records used as frames for wall art... »
 
 

Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans

Decorations & Favors, Halloween, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

It's well-documented that I'm a pack rat when it comes to items I think could have another life. When Elise transitioned from breast milk to formula, I was amazed at how we flew through...Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans... »
 
 

Chalkboard lids for baby food jars

Baby & Kids, Recipes, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Elise is eating solid foods now so I've entered the Land of Frozen and Leftover Baby Food. With my brain still set on 'sleep deprived,' I put my chalkboard obsession to good use with...Chalkboard lids for baby food jars... »
 
 

Sparkless sparklers for kids for the Fourth of July using chopsticks, ribbon and party garland

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Fourth of July, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Summer, Under 1 Hour

This original Fourth of July craft was created for Daily Candy Kids. Welcome, Daily Candy readers! I mourn sparklers. The City of Chicago banned sparklers in 2007 joining most other ousted fireworks. Yes,...Sparkless sparklers for kids for the Fourth of July using chopsticks, ribbon and party garland... »
 
 

Refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

This craft was originally created for and published by design*sponge. Welcome, design*sponge readers! I found a pile of buttermilk, chocolate milk and orange juice vintage bottle caps tucked away in a cardboard box in...Refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps... »
 
 

Grandma Beulah’s Rice Pancakes from Leftover Chinese Takeout

Breakfast Recipes, Kid-friendly Recipes, Recipes, Recycled Crafts, Vintage Inspired

Along with homemade egg noodles, chocolate pie and fresh-off-the-vine concord grape juice, rice pancakes were my Grandma Beulah's specialty. My parents were in town to help us take care of new baby Elise and...Grandma Beulah’s Rice Pancakes from Leftover Chinese Takeout... »
 
 

Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

Recently I took part in the first inaugural Chicago Craft Social hosted by Amanda Edwards, Megan Hall, Megan Heep, and Jessica Jones. In addition to meeting tons of super cool crafty Chicago ladies, I...Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template... »
 
 

Covered Card Box for Weddings

Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

Cristin Siegel made this sophisticated wedding card box covered in decorative paper to collect cards at her sister-in-law Mara's wedding reception. Pretty crafty and much cuter than a most of the pre-made money boxes...Covered Card Box for Weddings... »
 
 

Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes

Decorations & Favors, Earth Day, Free Patterns, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made this fabric napkin rings recycled craft from an empty Saran Wrap tube. A few months ago I was getting ready to throw away an empty Saran Wrap box and happened to notice...Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes... »
 
 

Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids

Decorations & Favors, Holidays, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

My friend Heather Crosby and I have creative chemistry. Whenever we get together we build on each other's ideas until it becomes something totally original. Heather came over for dinner last week toting stacks...Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids... »
 
 

Recycled wrapping paper sewn wedding card

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

My downstairs neighbor Susan gave us a beautifully wrapped wedding gift in thick, shiny silver and pearl-like white wrapping paper. Channeling my mom, I decided to fold up the shiny white and silver paper...Recycled wrapping paper sewn wedding card... »
 
 

Phone Book Wrapping Paper for Gifts

DIY Gift Ideas, Parties & Birthdays, Recycled Crafts, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

AT&T delivered piles of telephone books to my neighborhood a couple of weeks ago. Not needing ours but cringing at tossing the stack into the trash I decided to find some crafty uses for...Phone Book Wrapping Paper for Gifts... »
 
 

Planting seeds and herbs for the garden

Home, Recycled Crafts

After a brutal Chicago winter I'm aching for spring. So today I planted vegetable, herb and flower seeds for our back deck garden. Now I've tried planting seeds many times before with mixed results...Planting seeds and herbs for the garden... »
 
 

Whimisical wedding “altar” from strung flowers

Decorations & Favors, Inspiration, Recycled Crafts, Weddings

One of the biggest challenges of getting married in a "non-traditional" space is that the backdrop might look a too plain or stark during your ceremony. We got married in a Chicago loft space...Whimisical wedding “altar” from strung flowers... »
 
 

Monogrammed coffee insulator wrap

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Earth Day, Free Patterns, Recipes, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

So I was pretty excited about the success of the campfire coffee insulator wrap and decided to make a monogrammed coffee insulator wrap for my sister Krista. Perfect for coffee/tea/cocoa drinkers and the eco-friendly,...Monogrammed coffee insulator wrap... »
 
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