Beth Buczynski

7 Eco-Friendly DIY Summer Crafts for Creative Adults (and Kids!)

by , 08/06/13


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Tin Can Table Lantern

Planning a barbecue or an al fresco dinner party? These recycled tin can lanterns are an easy way to add some sparkle without stretching your decorating budget. The materials are practically free, and the tiny holes create gorgeous scattered light patterns on your table when you drop a votive candle inside.

INSTRUCTIONS HERE >

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Knotted String Hanging Planter

Hanging plants purchased from the gardening store can cost $20 or more a piece. Why spend all that money when everything you need for a delightful hanging planter is probably sitting in your recycling bin right now? Follow this tutorial to learn how jam jars, plastic takeout containers, yogurt cups and a little bit of string can all be repurposed into a modern and functional hanging planter.

INSTRUCTIONS HERE >

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Plastic Bag Hammock

I have lots of reusable bags and most of the time I remember to bring them along to the store. Somehow plastic shopping bags still creep in. If you don’t have a convenient place to drop them off for recycling, this DIY hammock chair might be the perfect solution. All you need to make one is time (you’ll need to braid each plastic bag to make it sturdy), about 500 plastic bags (ask your friends to donate theirs if your collection is too small), two spring link carabiners and rope. The hammock chair has been tested to hold about 220 pounds.

INSTRUCTIONS HERE >

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Mason Jar Herb Garden

Windowsills, porches, and fire escapes are great for starting tiny urban gardens, but they can only hold so much. And why should passersby have all the fun of watching your plants grow? This Mason Jar Herb Garden is the perfect way to increase your growing capacity while at the same time bringing the joy of live plants to your kitchen.

INSTRUCTIONS HERE >

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