This week in the carnival of green crafts – the fourth carnival – there are links to fabulous tutorials and articles on recycling, revamping and re-using and making do with less. Recently on whipup we have featured a few such quick and easy ideas such as the left over yarn balls and the easy knitting needle protectors. Here are more really great ideas – so sit down with a cuppa and get inspired to do some green crafting.
Kakariki from Radical cross stitch sent in this article about ‘the gifts that give twice’ an intro to the green-ness of crafting for green activists.
Kakariki writes: I recently had a birthday and it was very interesting the conversations that arose when I requested that people give me something handmade (by them or someone else) or nothing at all. Not only did some of my friends surprise me with their hidden creativity, but we had some great chats about the old saying ‘it’s the thought that counts.
Redux designs sent in this tutorial on crochet wire hangers Take old wire hangers and leftover yarn, and recycle them into
non-slip hangers with a bit of padding. If you know a couple of basic
crocheting stitches, you can crochet around a hanger!: Redux Designs is all about reusing things rather than throwing them out. Also, if you reuse something to keep from buying something new, you save resources AND money – a win-win situation!
Make these rainsticks with this tutorial from naturemoms
Jude from Spirit cloth says: the connection that quilting has with recycling and mending is one of its biggest attractions. at least for me. the sense that have that i am renewing something instead of taking strengthens my connection with giving something back.
One pretty thing sent in this tutorial on making things with impromptu collections – she makes a lovely framed piece with found beach sandblasted glass.
My recycled bags sent this great pattern to make a star shaped dishcloth. The centre is cleverly made using plastic bag yarn to make an extra scrubby bit.
Plumppudding sent in this great tutorial on making mailing boxes from cereal boxes. Great kids project too.
One pearl button sent in this fabulous tutorial on reconditioning an old and weary sweater.