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!