Friday, September 05, 2008

Green & Crafty

I was in a fall crafty mood the other day, so I was clicking around looking for some inspiration, and came across a section within Free Crafts for Kids featuring ideas for recycling and reusing materials in crafts. As kids, we all made the Native American vests from grocery bags, witch heads from old milk bottles, party favors from bath tissue rolls, etc., but this site has some ideas for projects I would make for myself or for gifts, as well. My favorite is this cute purse made from a child's overalls. I've seen purses and totes made from adult jeans, but what makes this cute is the overall straps and clips. I just love little kids in their Osh Kosh!
Finding this made me realize I hadn't done a "green" post in a while, so why not do a fun topic like crafting, especially as we move into gift-giving season! A really cool site featuring artists from around the country who use recycled materials is Recycle 2 Art. There are also tons of ideas on using things you might be tossing at home. They are organized by materials, such as old balloons, silk flowers, scrap metal, etc.
Check out this bowl made from newspaper pulp! I can just see it full of apples, vintage photos, or hair do-dads! It was made by Delia Badart, one of the featured artists.
Of all the sites I found for green crafting ideas, Crafting a Green World is the most extensive. The many authors feature crafts using reused, recycled, and natural materials. Knitting, sewing, crocheting, and other project ideas for eco-friendly and fashionable clothes, crafts, and gifts are available. They are also the sponsor of the monthly Carnival of Green Crafts, where anyone can submit ideas for projects.If you are crafty, or a professional artist, I encourage you to think about incorporating previously used materials into your artistry. If you are NOT crafty, but you ARE eco-aware, you may want to check out some of these artists and see what materials they are always needing. You could donate all your old jeans, broken dishes, or whatever they might need!

10 comments:

Smilingsal said...

I wish that I were a crafty person.

Ronda's Rants said...

OOOOH..so many neat things to check out! I am not very crafty but I love the idea of resuing and repurposeing things!:)

Leslie said...

Ooooh! Thanks for the links! I am going to have to check them out. I do have a crafty side that's been itching to come out lately. I appreciate your kind words on my blog yesterday. I really put a lot of effort in coming up with the content. And I'm so pleased that somebody noticed! Thank you, very much! ;)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You should be getting a package soon! :)

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Nice! You've done your homework again, Elizabeth. Thanks from my heart. xxoo

Coloradolady said...

What a great post. I am going to have to check that out in about a week. We are going on vacation...YAH...but I am going to miss my computer and my online friends this next week.
I scheduled a post for VTT and will check out everyones treasures when I get back home. Have a great week...wish me luck, without a computer....
haha

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

Hey! I love this blog you shared! It's great! Thanks for sharing! Hope all is well.

Grandma Faith said...

I am so glad to meet you. I am going to be checking out the green crafts.

Justine said...

I'm only partially eco-friendly and not the least bit crafty, but these ideas really are cute. Love that bowl!

Justine :o )

Beth Ann said...

I'm teaching a "Going Green" section to my kids- and I ran across this site too! Isn't it great! I'm glad you posted about it!
Thank you for your nice comment about my absence! I felt so loved! (giggle)
It is good to read and catch up on you and your life!
I would imagine there would be pangs of missing out on a new school year...but hang in there- your health is more important! Ill keep you posted on my happenings, which will probably make you say, "Wow- maybe it isn't so bad being at home..." LOL

Hugs!