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


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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It’s DIY Friday! | Make Your Own Fabric Covered Bangles

Made solely from recycled materials.

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for another DIY Friday! project.  This week: learn to make your own fabric covered bangles – no sewing required.  It’s not exactly rocket science, and you probably don’t even need any instructions – but hey, I’ll give you some anyway.

I love this project for a number of reasons – (1) I get to make and wear something pretty, (2) I’m saving money and the environment by not buying a new item, and (3) I’m recycling my old stuff and turning it into something useful once again (a little more enviro love here – can you feel it?).

I created my bangles (I made two because hey, two is just more fun) using old gold-toned bangles (originally purchased from the thrift store), and an old camisole I had stuffed in my dresser.  I’ve kept that camisole in my dresser hoping I could find another use for it.  It was too pretty to just get rid of – all satiny and olive green with lace around the edges – I was determined to recycle it somehow.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own fabric covered bangles:

  • Bangle – any kind will do,  just make sure it will fit once it’s covered with fabric.  Test your finished bracelet before gluing.
  • Old fabric or ribbon of any kind
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

First, cut your fabric or ribbon to wrap around the bracelet.  I didn’t bother to measure mine (I like to live dangerously), but I cut off approximately 20 inches of material from the pretty, lacy edge of my camisole (I came to that conclusion by measuring along the edge of what remained after cutting it up).  A good rule of thumb, however, would be to add a few inches to what you will be cutting to ensure you’ll have enough to completely cover your bangle.

Next, hold your cut material or ribbon tightly with one hand while beginning to wrap it around your bracelet.  Continue wrapping the fabric around the entire circumference of the bangle until you reach the end where you started.

Now you’re ready to use the glue gun (as always, be careful when using a hot glue gun… it’s hot.  Keep your pretty little fingers away from the hot glue – it hurts and doesn’t just fling off your hand – it sticks to it and burns).  Add a small amount of glue to the inside of your fabric (cut off any remaining material if needed), making sure the end of your material is glued to the inside of your bangle.  This way there are no funky edges showing, only 365 degrees of crafty loveliness.  Give the glue a minute to dry, and viola!  You’ve just made yourself a fabulous accessory, saved yourself some cash, and helped the environment out too.  Not a bad return on a very minimal investment.  Enjoy your weekend!  Peace. :)

Check these out for some more fabric covered bangle inspiration:

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YouTube – T-Shirt Folder – Creative New Idea, DIY Project

A tie dyed shirt. Photo taken my MpegMan.
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As I was perusing You Tube the other day looking for some cool  green-themed videos, I came across this really creative DIY T-shirt folder tutorial.  I must admit the music is a bit annoying – it’s like some ancient 80′s video game throwback tune – but the project idea is really great.  I’ve seen this concept before on a certain well-known shopping network, and always thought it might be something I’d like to try.  I was always reluctant to purchase one, however, because (a) I didn’t want to spend money on something that wasn’t a real necessity, and (b) I didn’t want to buy yet another item made of plastic and have to have it shipped out to me as well.  This DIY project on the other hand, incorporates two of my favorite things:  recycling and frugality.  I’m sure my kids will enjoy making this project, and maybe, just maybe, they will turn into children that like to see their clothes neatly folded and put away.  But then again, that may be too much to ask from a few pieces of cardboard put together with some double-sided tape.  Check it out, and if you make this one  please feel free to leave a comment about it.  :)

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