It’s DIY Friday! | Turn Your Trash Into Treasure

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Happy Friday gang!  This week’s DIY Friday is all about turning your trash into a treasure.  So get your supplies, get comfortable, and get green!  Enjoy! ;)


  • The Big Picture:  DIY Frame Jewelry Holder: Have an old picture frame you don’t know what to do with?  Up-cycle it, and turn it into a lovely (functional) work of art.  This project turns your old frame into a hanging jewelry holder – totally cool!
  • Recycled Glove Chipmunk: Have an old winter glove that’s missing a mate?  Remake your old glove into a cute, snugly stuffed chipmunk!  I love this project – it’s a great way to give new life to an old item, and make some happy playtime memories for your kids too.
  • Turn Old Toothpaste Tubes into a Toothbrush Holder: Many of us have toothpaste tubes in our bathroom medicine cabinet.  Why thrown them out and add more garbage to the land fill when you can recycle them and turn them into something functional?  This would be a good project for an older child to do, especially if that child has their own bathroom to decorate.

What about you?  Have a great DIY project you’d like to share?  Feel free to leave a comment, or send me an email – I’d love to feature it here at Green Earth Bazaar! ;)

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Green Tip: Apply Body Oil With Less Mess

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I prefer to moisturize my skin with oils like olive, almond, and coconut, but sometimes applying them can be messy.  Using oils straight from the bottle usually means you’re left with oil rings on your counter top, and greasy bottles that must be wiped clean.  Applying body oils out of a spray bottle works much better, however, the oil still seems to end up in places it shouldn’t be, not to mention the tendency to get hands so greasy you cannot pump the sprayer with only one hand.

To remedy this, I took an empty glass perfume bottle (for non-alcohol, oil perfume), one with a roller on the end, and using a small funnel, poured in my organic coconut oil, replaced roller and screw-on cap, and viola! – a better way to apply my body oil (and a convenient way to use and carry body oil on the go too).  No muss, no fuss, and a new use for my empty perfume bottles.  Plus, adding the oil to an empty perfume bottle makes your newly added body oil slightly scented because of the left over perfume oil residue.  Enjoy!

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It’s DIY Friday! | Reuse That Empty Oatmeal Container

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It’s DIY Friday! again.  This week I’ve found a new use for an old oatmeal container.  Oatmeal containers are very handy to have around -  they’re large and fairly sturdy, and are great for holding small items like crayons and marbles.  I’m giving this recycled oatmeal container to my daughters to use for their tiny toys -  the kind that usually get stepped on when I’m not wearing any shoes – ouch!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty oatmeal container with lid
  • Scissors
  • Shelf paper (it’s what I used), wrapping paper, or any other kind of material you’d like to glue to your oatmeal box.
  • Glue (I used hot glue, but any kind of glue will work that’s appropriate for your chosen material)

Cut material to fit your oatmeal container and glue in place.  Replace lid, and viola! – you now have a lovely little storage container and can feel good about keeping one less item out of the land fill.  Enjoy!  Peace. :)

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