Look online for other DIY New Year’s Eve party favors and even décor. The options are endless, especially with the heaps of left over Christmas materials.
Dec
29

DIY New Years Eve Candy Poppers

Brianne

Already spending a fortune on your extravagant New Year’s Eve party but forgot about the party favors? No worries, throw some Candy Poppers together … they are easy to make, sustainable, and you can fill them with whatever your little green heart desires, we recommend candy of all sorts!

Tools

• Scissors

• Tape

Materials

• Used wrapping paper or tissue paper (don’t worry if it’s wrinkled)

• Used cardboard wrapping paper tubes

• Used ribbon

• Organic Candy

1. Cut the tubes
Cut the cardboard tube into 4-inch tubes. (Alternatively you can use spent paper towel or toilet paper tubes.)

2. Fill (with goodies!) and wrap
Fill the tube with small candies and wrap with a piece of used gift paper that extends three inches beyond each end of the tube.

3. Tie off the ends
Gather and seal shut the ends of the paper and tie with ribbon and voila!

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photo by Style Me Pretty

About 75% of American New Year's Eve parties involve 20 people or less. So there’s no need to invite the entire neighborhood … keeping a small group of invitees minimizes the carbon foot print to and from your party.
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These crafts are great for the winter season, not just the holidays.
Dec
22

Holiday Prep: Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays

Brianne

If you decided to ditch the Christmas tree this year, you can still make your home smell like the holidays. By using seasonal goodies like cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, oranges, herbs, pine cones, and bits of a friend’s tree, you can get in the holiday spirit. Try out these DIY holiday-scented projects.

Have guests coming over? Simmer water with cinnamon sticks, orange peels, cloves, and cranberries in a pot on low. The sweet aromatic scent will spruce up the whole house.

Feel like getting crafty with the kids? Try dipping pine cones in scented soy wax. Turn them into ornaments or just place in a decorative bowl. Or make pomanders out of oranges and cloves. Just stick a push pin in the orange and then place a clove in the hole. It’ll smell great for weeks.

Wanna make a DIY air freshener? Steal your friend’s Christmas tree stump and a few branches (or ask your local Christmas tree seller). Place the stump in a bowl with water covering half way up the stump. Add in a few tiny stems or some rosemary and place on your heater. The heater will warm the water and heat the stump for a fresh pine scent.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photo by Harts Cove Potpourri

Approximately 30-35 million living Fir trees are cut down in the US alone every year. By making your home smell nice sans a Christmas tree, you’re also helping the environment.
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Even after Christmas, use old wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and anything reusable to decorate for your fabulous New Year’s Eve party.
Dec
15

Holiday Prep: Deck the Halls the Natural Way

Brianne

Deck the halls this Christmas with bells of holly … but use real holly! Christmas is the best time of the year to decorate and it’s also one of the easiest times to decorate with recycled materials or DIY décor.

Make bows out of old ribbon, old formal dresses, or even that shiny shirt from the ‘90s you still have. Don’t want to cut up that old vintage top? No worries, check the remnant tables at fabric shops, including those that make formal outfits or wedding dresses – you’d be surprised at the unique pieces of fabric left over. An old top can also have a new life as a Christmas stocking, as can old cushion covers. Add buttons, scraps of material or ribbon, etc, to make a design.

Another one of the easiest decorations is pinecones, pick them up from the closest tree and dip them in melted soy candle wax or you can even use your children’s old beeswax crayons, just melt them in the oven. Cones can also be painted by hand using gold burnish or splatter them with white paint to create a frosted appearance.

Christmas doesn’t always have to put a dent in your stash of greens. Keep an eye out around the house for easy DIY décor materials. The possibilities are endless!

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photos by Christmas Geek

On average, each household will chuck out an extra five bags of waste over Christmas, adding up to 736,571 tons of waste.
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Nov
24

Tighten Your Purse Strings: DIY Placemat Purse

Brianne

If you’re like us Greenista Girls, you’re on a budget. But, we still like to be fashionable, obvi. We’re always looking for new ways to get crafty and love this DIY Placemat Purse project. It’s easier (and more stylish) than it sounds. Try it …

DIY Placemat Purse

  • A decorative cloth placemat that you have around the house.
  • A pair of purse handles. These can be found at any craft store, or even Wal-Mart.
  • Sewing kit or sewing machine
  • Scissors

Lay the placemat face up on the floor. Fold up the bottom of the placemat.

Start sewing at the bottom edge of your fold. Sew all the way up to the top, stitching about a 1/8″ from the edge. Repeat on the other side of the placemat. Be sure to tie off your thread on the inside of each side to prevent your new seams from unraveling.

Center a handle on one side, just below the top. To find the center, gently fold one side in half. Be sure that your metal handle fasteners do not show. Sew around the metal hoops of the handle fastener. Use a buttonhole stitch for the best results.

When you sew the handles on, be sure you are using a thread that matches the outside of the placemat. If your placemat is lined, sew only through the inner layer so that no stitching shows on the outside of the bag.

Follow along with pictures.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photo by DIY Fashion/About.com

American’s toss out 68 pounds of clothing a year so by recycling a cloth placemat into a purse you’re keeping the landfills less cluttered and giving a placemat a new lease on life.
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You can add embellishments or extra designs to your new skirt by using other old materials like earrings, studs, necklaces or anything else your little green heart desires.
Nov
03

Sew Fabulous: DIY Pillowcase Skirt

Brianne

Is it just us or do you wish you could wear your trendy bedding, too? Seriously, the designs these days are “sew” fabulous we couldn’t resist trying this DIY pillowcase skirt.

What you’ll need:

  • One Pillowcase
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon

1.     Carefully cut the seam open of the bottom of the pillowcase to make a tube. Use a seam ripper if you have one. Try on the skirt to see how long it will be.

2.     Now you want to put a tiny hole along both side seams for the drawstring. Carefully snip a half inch long cut on each side.

3.     Measure out a piece of ribbon that is four inches longer than the waist of your skirt.

4.     Attach a safety pin to the ribbon and push it through one drawstring hole. Scrunch it through the fabric until it comes out of the other hole.

5.     Remove the safety pin and you’re done!

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photos by Larkcrafts

While more and more people seem to be recycling their old attire, according to the US EPA Office of Solid Waste, Americans still throw away over 68 pounds of clothing per person per year. Donate or reuse, Greenistas!
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