For a lot of us the three Rs were instilled in us from moment we could comprehend the difference between plastic and glass. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse has become the mantra of this generation and from it has sprung a whole new world of crafting. Here are some environmentally friendly craft projects that call for recycled materials you probably already have at home waiting inside a big blue box.
I have a long ways to go before I can be classified as a hoarder, but I will admit I find it extremely difficult, and almost painful, to get rid of old magazines. These precious periodicals collect dust on my bookshelf never to see the light of day until a new wave of cleaning frenzy hits and I throw out anything that isn't too heavy to curb. Enter Saved By Love Creations with this life/space-saving idea that transforms glossies into a kitschy cool Coil Bowl. Perfect for storing spare change or stray subscription cards that break free of the pages as you shred the mags to bits!
Most parents know that it takes a lot of discarded pages from the trusty craft pad before the final masterpiece makes it to fridge door or office wall. Why not reuse to those rejects to jazz up casual gift wrap with this clever tutorial from Craft Gossip for Scribble Paper Gift Bows. These recycled bows add some flare to homemade gifts and are perfect for grandparents day or any time your little one gives something from the heart.
The holidays are fast approaching and why not opt for an eco-friend tree this year or decking the halls with recycled bunting? My Third True Love offers so eco inspiration with these adorable ornaments handmade from recycled newspaper. Perfect for gift-toppers or pine branches, these heartfelt ornaments will truly inspire peace on earth this year.
This Turkey Day put your pies and cakes up on a much deserved pedestal with these shabby chic Recycled Cake Stands from House and Home Ireland. These crafty cake stands make use of old dishes and candlesticks that have over the years grown estranged from their mates and adds a touch of homemade flare to a holiday dessert table or party buffet.