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10 Earth Day-Inspired DIYs

Earth Day is later this month… let’s start planning some eco-friendly projects!


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    With Earth Day this month (April 22), I like to be reminded with the idea of recycling and making things anew. My grandmother always did it in her day, making rag rugs out of old clothing, and quilts using her old dresses —a lot to be learned from past generations. So this past week I decided to look for some really cute or useful ideas using old materials. From sumi wrestler bowling pins (using old plastic bottles) to an adorable honey bear jar night light. Check them out!
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    Honey Bear Bottle Lamp
    An adorable little recycling project using the honey bear jar.
    Get the how-to at The Pink Doormat.
  • Crochet Recycled Containers 3 of 11
    Crochet Recycled Containers
    A fun little basket catch-all using plastic containers and a little crochet technique.
    Get the how-to at at Filth Wizardry.
  • Recycled Can of Herbs 4 of 11
    Recycled Can of Herbs
    An easy recyling idea using tin cans.
    Get the how-to at eatliveshop.com.
  • Recycled Zipper Bracelet 5 of 11
    Recycled Zipper Bracelet
    A fun idea using discarded zippers.
    Get the how-to at ecouterre.com.
  • Sumo Wrestler Bowling Pins 6 of 11
    Sumo Wrestler Bowling Pins
    A cute idea using empty bottles
    Get the how-to at ugaranddots.com.
  • Recycled Sewing Kit 7 of 11
    Recycled Sewing Kit
    Make a sewing kit using an old pickle jar and a pretty cloth you have hanging around!
    Get the how-to at kanelstrand.com.
  • An Updated Dresser 8 of 11
    An Updated Dresser
    Add a few soft accents on a recycled side table.
    Get the how-to at wohnidee.wunderweib.de.
  • Update an Old Chair 9 of 11
    Update an Old Chair
    An oldie but a goodie from the folks at ReadyMade (R.I.P.). Make a quilt-inspired chair using scraps of fabric.
    More info poppytalk.com.
  • Recycled Milk Jugs 10 of 11
    Recycled Milk Jugs
    Half-gallon milk jugs are great for stor­ing pencil crayons!
    Get the how-to at blog.makezine.com.
  • Recycling Center for Kids 11 of 11
    Recycling Center for Kids
    A clever idea to make a recycling center for your children's creative juices!
    Get the how-to at handmadecharlotte.com.

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Jan is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a blog about the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade and Poppytalk Handmade, an online curated marketplace. Follow her on Twitter , Facebook and Pinterest!

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