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Subject: Green Crafting...
Date Posted: 12/16/2008 8:15 PM ET
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I know lots of us are also crafty... lets use this thread for "green" crafting ideas and resources...

here's one I do:  make re-usable sandwich & lunch bags out of remnants from other sewing projects.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 12/16/2008 8:17 PM ET
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I use old and scrap tissue paper to make fun envelopes.  I use craft paper and then basically decopage the scrap tissue paper onto them.  Will post pics when I get a minute.

 

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 8:24 PM ET
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I will just use this thread to live vicariously.  I am not crafty, not at all, can barely write my name neatly.  I'll just be jealous of your skills!

; )

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 9:47 AM ET
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I reuse,

Cards, Wrapping Paper, Books, Calendars, and Other Paper Items ( think Junkmail) to make Bookmarks,and Cards,

I reuse/resource Fabric to make Quilts and Tyedye.

 

Ladystyx

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 10:10 AM ET
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Okay, I must tell you, this is only for the truly ambitious (and patient).  I did this over 10 years ago, when I had no kids, and more time.

I had a Monet one-a-day calendar ( I love Monet!) and I saved every single page.  I cut the dates off, and I made wrapping paper out of the photos. I had to glue the sheets to each other, at the sides and at the top/bottom.  It took a couple of weeks to make several big sheets of wrapping paper, but it was beautiful and nice, strong paper.  I made sure that everyone who got a gift wrapped in my Monet paper knew the work that went into my paper. 

I don't buy one-a-day calendars very often, but if you have one, they are great for doing crafts with when you have finished with them.

 

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 1:09 PM ET
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I'm with Julie.  :)

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 5:20 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/17/2008 7:26 PM ET
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Amanda, I did something similar when we had to make and decorate our own portfolios for a design class. I had an old "Get Fuzzy" one a day calendar that I had been saving for just such an occassion. I cut out all of the comic strips and glued them onto the portfolio in a pattern. People really got a kick out of it.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 1:47 PM ET
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You can make yarn out of cut up plastic bags then crochet it into a new reusable tote.  I haven't actually tried this yet but I read about it on the crafting forum and it looks really cool.  I'm having a hard time getting the link to work, but if you google "plarn", you should be able to find tutorials as well as instructions for plarn projects.

Subject: Crocheted Plastic Bags Purse
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:24 PM ET
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I actually have one of those bags that was made from crocheting plastic grocery bags, although in this case they were WalMart bags. I got it at a garage sale, and sewed in a lining. I use it as a purse in the summer, and have received many, Many compliments. People want to know if I made it and I have to tell them no :-( I Am learning crocheting and knitting, and want to make some bags like it. It is quite strong. The handle it getting a bit worn, because I put so much in the bag, but it still looks very nice.



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Date Posted: 12/19/2008 11:05 AM ET
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I dunno if it counts as "craft" but cutting up old clothing into squares and serging the edges makes nice napkins/"paper" towels.

Otherwise, my "green" crafts are green because I tend to buy used supplies at garage sales rather than buying new.  I don't do much, though.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 9:47 PM ET
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If you drink lots of sodas in the can (recycle the cans of course) save the tabs. Get long lengths of ribbon or cord and weave them through the tabs to make a belt or bracelet. Here is a pic and instructions on how to make one similar to mine http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=820 I leave some ribbon or cord hanging to use as a tie so that its adjustable. I put beads at the ends of them for a little more decoration.

If you get a lot of magazines or have some old calenders you can make envelopes from them. Take a used standard sized envelope and pull it apert being careful to not tear the edges. Then either trace it onto card stock or even the cardboard from a package to make a sturdy template. Now trace it onto paper and cut it out. Use the origional envelope as a guide for where to fold and use a straight edge like a ruler to make a good crisp fold. Glue up three sides and you have an envelope. If you wanna make it lick and stick you can make envelope glue from a packet of gelatin and 1/4 cup of boiling water. Paint it on the flap and when it dries it becomes lick and stick glue. If you dont wanna use gelatin you can just use a glue stick to glue it shut when your ready.

Judith L. (JML) - ,
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 11:05 PM ET
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This Christmas was the busiest I've ever been.  We went to Disney World and in 48 hours would be driving 3 hours to my in-laws for Christmas.  I hadn't wrapped any gifts, so I used the pretty Kleenex boxes (I hate to throw them away, so I had a few) for smaller gifts and I also had a bunch of empty cereal boxes from Target.  I took the cereal boxes and wrapped a piece of Christmas paper around them, stuck the gift inside and snapped the plastic lid back on.  I'm known for my eccentric wrapping jobs, but everyone was complimentary about my Target cereal boxes and I think they may reuse them next year.  I can recycle cardboard, but I thought this was a fun and easy way to wrap presents.  No one could guess what was inside either.

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 12:01 AM ET
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That sounds wonderful! Very creative wrappings, and green, also :-)

Manny, I like your idea of using calendars, etc., to make envelopes. I hadn't thought of it .

Kayote, that Is being creative and crafty!

 

Thank you All for so many ideas!

 

 

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 12:59 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/28/2008 4:39 PM ET
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I was sick on Christmas, and took a nap. While I was sleeping, my children kindly cleaned up the wrappings. :-/ I don't know what happened to them, but I do know that I haven't seen any added to my scrap pile or anything. So I missed out this year on getting those Christmas scraps :-(

You said you mash the scrap fabric into fiber linters to make art paper. What are fiber linters? I'n not familiar with them. Thanks!

 

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 8:31 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/28/2008 9:06 PM ET
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OK - Thanks!

We have played with making paper, and made some and sprinkled seeds in it, so that it could be planted, and so on. We have never really gotten into it as a habit.

 

THank you for the info!

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 10:59 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/5/2009 2:17 PM ET
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Along the crocheting with plastic bags thread - you can crochet them into throw rugs. My dearly departed grandmother made a couple of them back in the early 1970s and I got two of them as a gift for my hope chest. I still use them today - one in the bedroom beside the bed and the other I use as a bath mat when stepping out of the tub or shower - and they both look just as good as the day she made them!

They clean with water and are pretty much indestructable. Any plastic I get now I cut into strips and will be tackling some crocheting projects of my own with them soon - I think I will try one of the purse/totes mentioned above, and maybe some of the throw rugs.

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 10:20 PM ET
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I wish I could crochet. Well let me rephrase that. I wish I could do it well. I can do it but all my stuff ends up bigger at one end. The best crocheter (if it wasnt a word it is now) I ever knew taught me how to do it so my lack of skill isnt from a lack of good instruction.

Subject: Crocheting
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 4:04 PM ET
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I have found that it takes lots of practice, or at least that I need lots of practice! My children are in gymnastics, and some of the other mothers and I sit together and practice crocheting while the children are in class. We have helped one another, and I have learned from their advice. It was there that we realized that you need to take an extra stitch at the end, to keep things even, and there also where I began getting more even stitches. I also was crocheting wash clothes for a charity, and they wanted tight stitches. I crocheted as tightly as I could, and the stitches were really even. Since then I am advancing to loosed stitches, but going back to the tight ones if I get into trouble :-)

Subject: Magazines
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 7:25 PM ET
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Subject: Going green with magazines
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 7:26 PM ET
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Subject: going green
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 7:28 PM ET
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I recycle my magazines by giving them to the local hospital. They use them in their offices where cancer patients get chemo. I also joined freecycle.com for my county. I give away what I don't need instead of putting it in the landfill. I also get good stuff sometimes. It's all free.

 

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