eco crafts


Hello Whipup Readers! I’m Elizabeth of Nuno Magazine and my sister Rachel and I just completed our 5th issue, Star Gazing. The projects in Star Gazing were inspired by a walk in the woods on an autumn evening. I very happy to be here today, sharing one of those projects with you. This little hooty owl was created using a cereal box, a grocery bag and a little acrylic craft paint.

Paper Bag Owl How-to:

#1: Use the templates [Download the owl templates from here] to cut the owl body and wings from cereal box card. Paint the plain brown paper side of the pieces with black acrylic (or tempera) paint.

#2: Slit a large paper grocery bag up the side and cut off the bottom.

#3: Flatten the resulting rectangular piece. You may need to use a medium heated iron to smooth out folds.

#4: Paint an approximately 6 x 6 inch/15 cm section of the bag with yellow paint. Paint the remainder of the bag with black paint. Let paint dry.

#5: Cut eyes and beak from yellow painted portion of bag. There is no template for the beak.

#6: Cut black portion of bag into 1.5 inch/4 cm strips. Use scissors to fringe each strip. Leave 4 strips unfringed.

#7: Beginning at the base of the owl and the tips of the wings, use stick glue to attach an unfringed strip to each piece (on the printed side). Continue adding fringed strips until you have reached the tips of the ears and the tops of the wings.

#8: Use white liquid glue to attach eyes, beak and wings to the owl’s body.

#9: Use a paint brush with a small amount of yellow paint on it to lightly brush the tops of the wings and tips of the ears to define those areas.


For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

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Natural dye for playdough

Eco travel lid

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Make your own deodorant

Make t-shirt yarn

Diy Laundry Detergent

Toddler pants from shirt sleeves

Great post on natural dyes

Sew a school lunch box

Make a field bag from cargo pants

Knitted baby soaker pants

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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.

crafting a green world has an article on recycling old CD’s in a crafty way and a great article on making your own beeswax candles.

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.

Carnival of green crafts in run by crafting a green world


We will be hosting the carnival of green crafts here 4 September so please send in your submissions using this online form.