Try this Eco Friendly Christmas Craft: Bottle Cap Snowmen!

I absolutely love the mishmash of Christmas ornaments that make up our tree every year and these bottle cap snowmen are the perfect addition! There are handprint Santas, popsicle stick snowflakes and an assortment of other creative homemade decorations. Absolutely nothing matches and there is no color scheme at all but the Christmas tree is a collection of memories that go back as far as my own childhood. Now that my kids are teens, they aren't really into making crafty Christmas ornaments anymore but I decided to get out my glue gun this … [Read more...]

Make DIY Decorative Candle Holders from Old Coffee Mugs

Chilly weather is the perfect time for getting crafty! It's incredibly easy to make these DIY decorative candle holders from all those old coffee mugs in your kitchen. Don't try and tell me you don't have too many coffee mugs! Do you ever open up your coffee mug cabinet only to find dozens of unused mugs crammed in there? I bet you do! I am a regular tea and coffee drinker, however, I have my favorite one or two mugs that I choose from every day. And unless I invite 37 people over for coffee at one time, there is absolutely no reason for me to … [Read more...]

Easy Pumpkin Craft Idea Using Juice Can Lids

As I was rummaging through my art closet looking for inspiration, I came across a pile of frozen juice can lids. I don't buy frozen juice very often but the metal lids were perfect for this easy pumpkin craft idea. If you don't have an art closet (or an art box or corner or desk drawer), I seriously recommend you make one!I tuck all sorts of things in my art closet thatĀ can be upcycled into craft projects. From oatmeal containers to empty cereal boxes, it's sort of a hodge-podge of stray things I find that I may be able to include in … [Read more...]

Magnesium Body Butter Recipe Soothes Muscles and Improves Sleep

If you suffer from chronic pain, restless leg syndrome or insomnia, this magnesium body butter recipe may be just the thing you need. After several years of dealing with chronic pain, I have come to realize that there are a number of ways to tackle it. Lots of exercise, a healthy diet and a few key supplements have done wonders for improving my pain levels. One of the things that has been recommended to me for chronic pain is magnesium. There are a ton of health benefits of magnesium including calming nerves, soothing anxiety, and relief from … [Read more...]

Our Renovated Linen Chest Bedding Storage Project

When I was growing up, my mom had tons of my grandmother's old quilts. She had a linen chest bedding storage system at the foot of her bed that was solid wood and absolutely gorgeous. It was made out of cedar and I'm pretty sure it was an antique that cost a whole heck of a lot of money. I have wanted my own linen chest bedding storage space forĀ  years but the prices I have seen online are just way too expensive for my budget. I came across an old pine chest at my neighbor's garage sale a few weeks ago and decided to try to renovate it and use … [Read more...]

Honey and Almond Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

One of the habits I acquired during our years of poor graduate student life is always hitting the clearance shelves at the grocery store. You might wonder how this plays into my brown sugar scrub recipe but I found a deal I couldn't pass up. Marked down to a ridiculously cheap price was a TON of organic brown sugar. Seriously. I picked up a dozen bags of organic brown sugar for about $10. Woo-hoo! Of course, now I'm looking for ways to use brown sugar so it doesn't go bad! Sugar scrubs are always a huge hit in my house so I did a little digging … [Read more...]

10 Eco Friendly Craft Projects for Kids and Adults!

When my kids were young, they LOVED arts and crafts. I was always trying to find eco friendly craft projects for them to do and kept the art closet well stocked. To this day, I still have tin cans, bottle caps, scraps of material and an assortment of other 'used' items in there in case a class project comes up. Or for those moments when something on Pinterest just grabs my attention and screams out at me to get my glue gun. With Earth Day right around the corner, I thought I would put together a collection of eco friendly craft projects from my … [Read more...]

Easy Rainbow Craft: Bottle Cap Rainbow Magnets

With the beginning of spring comes sunny days, blooming flowers and baby animals. It is one of my favorite times of the year and it inspired me to get crafty and make this easy rainbow craft to share with you all today. My husband has a bucket in the garage where he tosses his bottle caps so bottle cap crafts are easy for me to get supplies for! Since we are heading into Earth Day, I loved the idea of an upcycled craft that was not only pretty but functional as well. We all need more refrigerator magnets, right? If you are looking for an spring … [Read more...]

DIY Mason Bee House to Help Save the Pollinators!

This DIY mason bee house is my attempt at attracting more pollinators to my yard and providing them a save place to feed and reproduce. I had never heard the term 'mason bee' before, but once I checked them out on Wikipedia I knew what they were. They are named from their habit of making compartments of mud in their nests, which are made in hollow reeds or holes in wood made by an assortment of bugs.Basically, instead of hives, like traditional honey bees, mason bees lay their eggs in hollow twigs. This diy mason bee house was … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sugar Scrub Recipe with Vanilla

This cranberry sugar scrub recipe was inspired by my latest trip into the freezer. I'm one of those people that stocks up on cranberries after the holidays and buys WAY too many of them. Hey, they're on clearance for pennies, right? Why not stock up and find some creative cranberry recipes all the way through June! Well, I still have several bags of cranberries in the freezer so I decided to make this cranberry sugar scrub recipe. I added a little bit of vanilla along with the cranberries and will be enjoying some seriously yummy showers over … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Earring Holder from an Upcycled Cheese Grater!

This homemade earring holder is perfect for dangling earrings that need to be better cared for. My daughter loves earrings and the older she gets, the more she wants to wear the dangly variety. They can get damaged if left in the jewelry box and often get tangled up with the rest of the jewelry in there. I came across a creative upcycled craft idea on Pinterest that used an old cheese grater to create a beautiful homemade earring holder. While I was out and about at the thrift store, I found a cheese grater for only a couple dollars and decided … [Read more...]

How to Cut a Glass Bottle in Half with String for Upcycled Crafts

I bet you are wondering why in the world you would want to know how to cut a glass bottle in half. Isn't that dangerous? (yes!)  Don't you need special glass cutting tools? (no!)  Maybe you want to start trying your hand at upcycled crafts.  Cutting a glass bottle in half isn't easy but it does come in handy sometimes. Why Are We Cutting Glass Bottles in Half?   Maybe (like me!) you have a 16 year old son who proposes the idea to his Advanced Placement Environmental Sciences teacher as his midterm project. … [Read more...]

DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray with Aloe and Essential Oils

I am not a huge fan of the over use of hand sanitizer but our society seems to be obsessed with the stuff. Everywhere I go, I see people whipping out little containers of clear goo and squirting it on their kids hands. Did you touch the dog? Better sterilize your hands. Oh, you took out the trash? Here, rub these artificial chemicals all over yourself. SO much better for you than germs, right? Hand sanitizers have become a staple in backpacks and purses all over the country. Most situations do NOT require hand sanitizer. Soap and water work … [Read more...]

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Recipe in an Upcycled CLASSICO Pasta Sauce Jar

Over the last few years, I have become obsessed with reusing and repurposing things I find around my house. Sure, I have been recycling for 20 years now but finding a new way to use your 'trash' is an even better way to reduce your carbon footprint. One of my favorite items to reuse in the kitchen is a large jar. There are just SO many different ways you can repurpose that jar in other areas of the house. Decorate the lids with washi tape or scraps of material and store beans and rice in them in the pantry. Small jars can be used to store diy … [Read more...]

Golf Ball Lady Bug Craft and an Upcycled Garden Craft Roundup

When my son was younger, he was one of those kids that picked up EVERYTHING he found. He would come home from the park with 7 acorns, 4 rocks and a pine cone stuck in his pocket. We would go for a walk and come home with an assortment of what we called 'little things' that he had discovered on the ground. For some reason, golf balls were a common find on our journeys. I have no idea why...we don't live near a golf course! But, whatever was too big to go in his pocket (and end up in the washing machine) went onto a shelf in the garage. Years … [Read more...]

How To Make Rose Water And What to Do With It

When my husband and I bought our house 10 years ago we purchased it from a couple that had a lot of money and a lot of free time. They spent $20K landscaping the backyard and it was amazing. Needless to say, I have significantly LESS time and money than they did so the backyard has gone a bit wild in the last 10 years! The one thing that has managed to survive despite my lack of landscaping skills are the 15 knockout roses that line the perimeter of my yard. Yes, there are 15 rose bushes out there and they are in full bloom right now. Other … [Read more...]

Rose Petal Sugar Scrub is an easy DIY Mothers Day Gift

This weekend I sent my husband an email at work to remind him to buy his mother a card for Mothers Day. It is approaching rather quickly and I need to figure out what to get my own mom for this special day. Mothers Day isn't something I want my family to make a big deal of. I don't need jewelry or fancy trips or any of the other extremely expensive Mothers Day gift ideas I see advertised recently. All I really want is some time to relax and a few hours to do something fun with my family. I am a simple creature. My ideal way to spend the day … [Read more...]

Lavender Aromatherapy Dough for Natural Stress Relief

Ever have one of those days where the stress of life is weighing you down? Like, if you do not get chocolate or wine or a nap some time very soon you are going to totally snap and end up in a padded room? The last two days for me have been like that for me. With bathroom construction going on and my inlaws in town, I am about one crisis away from a nervous breakdown this week. I decided I needed to do something about my unhealthy stress level before mommy got in the car and drove to Tahiti all by herself. If you have ever wanted to just take … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons

A few months ago I went on a bit of a thrift store shopping spree and found a package of about 30 metal spoons for only $3. Who could resist such a deal, right? I could stop worrying about my kids losing the spoons I put in their lunchbox and have plenty of them left over for a few spoon crafts. I decided that with spring coming I would make these DIY garden markers spoons to keep track of the things I plant in the garden. I have a horrible memory and I find that those little plastic markers that come in the pots from the nursery always seem to … [Read more...]