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Chalk paint cabinet make-over
Posted by Jo on September 8, 2014

Use chalk paint to transform a cabinet bound for the curb into a chic bar with Americana Decor Chalky Finish.

Upcycled Advent calendar tree
Posted by Chica on November 28, 2013

Upcycle cardboard cylinders into a tree-shaped Advent calendar for a fun countdown to Christmas.

Picnic basket redo with chalk paint
Posted by Jo on October 2, 2013

Redo an outdated picnic basket with Chalky Finish paint and decoupage.

Vintage train case redo for a roller girl
Posted by Jo on September 12, 2013

Add fun images to re-do a train case that any roller derby girl would be proud to tote around.

Glitter owl decoration
Posted by Jo on August 6, 2013

Change the look of an out-of-style, discount owl statue with paint and glitter.

Update mismatched Christmas tins
Posted by Jo on October 9, 2012

Revive mismatched Christmas tins with a bit of paint and dimensional decor.

Decoupage tips
Posted by Jo on January 14, 2012

Learn tips for decoupaging with fabric that came from refurbishing a vintage train case.

Recycled beach ball tote
Posted by Chica on August 11, 2011

Turn an old beach ball into a cute, waterproof tote bag for wet beach items.

Gum bottle turned craft organizer
Posted by Chica on June 1, 2011

See how to recycle an empty cupholder-style gum bottle into a craft organizer

Sleeping bag tote from an old tent
Posted by Chica on May 19, 2011

Upcycle a damaged tent by using the material to create a tote for your sleeping bag.

Fabric-covered Easter basket
Posted by Chica on April 15, 2011

Cover an old Easter basket with fabric and ribbon to make it pretty and stylish once again.

Plantable flower basket
Posted by Chica on March 28, 2011

Recycle an empty oatmeal can into a plantable flower basket that makes a charming gift for Easter, Mother’s Day, or any occasion!

Wine box turned doggie bag dispenser
Posted by Chica on January 5, 2011

Recycle a wine bottle gift tube into a plastic bag dispenser.

Managing the mess on Christmas morning
Posted by Chica on December 22, 2010

Manage the piles of trash on Christmas morning with a large, wrapped box that adds to the atmosphere and keeps things clean at the same time.

Hardware store greeting cards
Posted by Chica on December 6, 2010

Make extraordinary greeting cards with ordinary items from the hardware store.

Jean pocket scrapbook
Posted by Jo on September 6, 2010

Recycle old jean pockets into an easy and adorable scrapbook album.

Feature Friday – Sugru
Posted by Jo on September 3, 2010

Save money and have fun by using Sugru, a silicone putty, to make repairs and add comfort to your tools.

Refurbish an outdoor rug
Posted by Jo on August 24, 2010

Refurbish a tattered outdoor rug by trimming it and creating a new trim border with duct tape.

Feature Friday – Green Guide for Artists
Posted by Chica on July 23, 2010

Read our review of the book ”Green Guide for Artists”, a collection of eco-friendly tips, recipes, and project ideas for the green artist.

Paint chip greeting cards
Posted by Chica on April 19, 2010

Cut leftover paint chips into geometric shapes and use them to create colorful and creative greeting cards.

Labels for the trash and recycling cans
Posted by Chica on April 12, 2010

Make it easy to tell which can is for trash and which is for recycling with our cute downloadable labels.

Bunny tote bag from recycled sweatpants
Posted by Chica on March 22, 2010

Turn an old pair of sweatpants into a cute bunny tote bag for Easter with this simple sewing project.

CD case gift card holder
Posted by Chica on February 15, 2010

Turn an old CD jewel case into a holder for an iTunes gift card. This clever package makes a boring gift card actually fun to give!

Fused plastic sandwich wraps
Posted by Chica on February 1, 2010

Save plastic from the landfill by using old shopping bags to create fused plastic linings for reusable sandwich wrappers. Then personalize them with cute phrases!

Reindeer cork ornaments
Posted by Chica on December 18, 2009

Turn an old cork into a festive reindeer Christmas ornament with just a few simple craft supplies.

Christmas postcards from recycled gift boxes
Posted by Chica on December 4, 2009

Save money this Christmas by recycling old gift boxes into festive Christmas postcards

Halloween spiders from Easter eggs
Posted by Chica on October 29, 2009

Learn how to recycle plastic Easter eggs into cute spiders to use as Halloween decorations

Tips for collecting, peeling, and making crayons
Posted by Chica on August 12, 2009

Get some useful tips for dealing with peeling crayons that you’ll be melting into new shapes, and how to clean up the wax afterwards.

Make a trash bag for the car
Posted by Chica on May 14, 2009

Learn how to make a cute trash bag for the car that’s easy to use, easy to empty, and easy to clean.

Make coasters from curling ribbon
Posted by Chica on April 21, 2009

Learn how to roll curling ribbon up into a spiral that makes a colorful and fun coaster for your table. It’s a perfect way to recycle ribbon into something cool!

Make your own Pick-Up-Sticks game
Posted by Chica on March 16, 2009

Make your own pick-up sticks game out of painted bamboo skewers, then recycle an empty syrup bottle to use as a fun container.

Recycle a phone book into a pen organizer
Posted by Chica on February 24, 2009

Recycle an unneeded phone book into a quirky pen and pencil holder that will be a real conversation piece on your desk

How to remove shipping labels from boxes
Posted by Chica on January 13, 2009

Learn how to quickly and easily remove shipping labels and other markings from cardboard boxes

Recycle your Christmas cards
Posted by Jo on January 6, 2009

Recycle the Christmas cards you receive using these 10 different ideas. Learn how to make scrapbooks and bookmarks and get ideas for donating them.

Handmade Christmas cards with a removable ornament
Posted by Chica on November 25, 2008

Make fun and easy Christmas cards that have a removable ornament to be hung on the tree. With minimal waste and maximum re-usability, these cards are rather “green”!

Create a natural centerpiece for fall or winter
Posted by Chica on November 11, 2008

Pull items from nature to help you create a lovely centerpiece for fall or winter. It’s so easy and inexpensive, and can be adapted to whatever you’ve got on hand.

Print your own Christmas gift labels
Posted by Jo on November 6, 2008

Use our template to print your own customized Christmas gift labels using basic mailing labels.

Make your own snowglobes
Posted by Jo on October 27, 2008

Make your own snowglobe out of recycled containers

Make your own custom notepads
Posted by Chica on October 22, 2008

Learn to make your own custom notepads out of any paper and a special type of glue.

Recycle a leotard into a new dance tote bag
Posted by Chica on October 20, 2008

Learn how to convert an old dance leotard that your daughter has outgrown into a new tote bag to carry her dance gear to class.

Cornstarch goo is fun for kids
Posted by Chica on September 10, 2008

Turn regular cornstarch and water into a fun glob of goo that acts like both a solid and a liquid at the same time. So much fun for kids to play with!

Homemade peanut butter dog biscuits
Posted by Chica on September 8, 2008

Learn to make homemade peanut butter dog biscuits that your dog is sure to love.

Make your own burp cloths
Posted by Chica on August 13, 2008

Learn to sew easy and useful handmade burp cloths. Made of soft and gentle micro-fleece, these become indispensable to parents and make great shower gifts.

Make finger paints out of Jell-O gelatin mixes
Posted by Jo on August 12, 2008

Make your own finger paints out of gelatin. These paints give a textured effect that you don’t get from finger paints you buy yourself. They are also completely non-toxic.

Make your own bubble wands out of pipe cleaners
Posted by Chica on August 7, 2008

Use ordinary pipe cleaners to make bubble wands that work better and are easier to hold.

Recycle wine corks to give a plain basket new life
Posted by Chica on August 5, 2008

Recycle those old wine corks you’ve been saving! Use them to cover a plain basket to create a charming picnic basket, centerpiece, or housewarming gift.

Use contact paper to cover your crafting table
Posted by Jo on July 9, 2008

Dress up boring, old, and damaged tables by topping them with colorful contact paper. Available in a variety of designs, it’s easy to apply and can be later removed. This will really perk up your craft space!

Make campfire starters
Posted by Chica on May 20, 2008

Recycle dryer lint, egg cartons, and old crayons into homemade fire starters for the campfire or grill.

Slipcovering an old ottoman and chair
Posted by Jo on May 5, 2008

See how we re-upholstered an old, ugly recliner and ottoman with fun and colorful faux fur for an outlandish end result that is the highlight of a brightly colored toddler’s bedroom.

Recycle broken crayons into fun new shapes
Posted by Chica on April 16, 2008

Recycle your old and broken crayons into new rainbow striped crayons by melting them down and using silicone ice cube trays as molds. The result is even better than the original!

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